WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Bakersfield Condors (2-2-0, 4 pts) suffered a one-goal loss for the second straight game against the Utah Grizzlies (3-1-0, 6 pts), 4-3 Friday night at Maverik Center.
The two clubs exchanged tallies early in the contest but Utah came out of the first with a 2-1 lead. Utah scored on the man advantage 4:16 into the game, but just 27 seconds later F Peter Boyd answered with an unassisted tally (his second of the season). LW Jeff LoVecchio regained the advantage for the Grizzlies in the final minute of the frame. Utah led in shots 13-4.
Shots were even at 10-10 in the middle stanza, but neither team could light the lamp. Condors G Matt Keetley and Grizzlies G Shane Owen kept the score 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
Goals were more plentiful in the third, as Utah made it a 3-1 lead with C Mitch Fadden’s power play marker in the opening minutes. The Condors countered with LW Ian McKenzie’s first of the season at 4:19, only to once again surrender a Utah tally just 1:28 later. Trailing 4-2 midway through the third, D Erik Burgdoerfer snapped a wrister home from the high slot to cut the deficit again. The Condors had a late power play and pulled the goalie in the final minute, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
After the Condors scored the first goal in their two preseason games and first two regular season games, the Grizzlies scored first in both games in Utah… Bakersfield had a goal disallowed in the second period for a play in which the whistle had already blown… Power plays: BAK – 0/3; UTA – 2/7… Three Stars: 1. Donovan (UTA), 2. LoVecchio (UTA), 3. Turnbull (UTA).
The Condors head to Las Vegas for a match against the Wranglers at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. All games, home and away, can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM.
The team returns home on Friday, October 28th when the Idaho Steelheads come to Bakersfield for the first time. The most famous fans in hockey, ‘The Green Men’ will make an appearance and everyone in attendance will receive a Condors magnet schedule courtesy of Fox Sports 970 am and Bakersfield Hyundai.
Ticket packages for the 2011-12 season are now on sale, starting at just $48. The Condors will battle the rival Stockton Thunder in Bakersfield in preseason action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Visit www.BakersfieldCondors.com or call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.
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