Neal’s multi-point effort leads Condors to win

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (3-10-0-1. 7pts) came from behind with two third period tallies and knocked off the league-leading Ontario Reign (10-2-1-3, 24pts) by a 2-1 margin on Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

 Box Score

First period

  • Ontario goal: F Chad Costello converted off a turnover in the Bakersfield end. Time of goal: 16:21; Reign lead, 1-0.
  • D Joey Leach (v. Derek Couture) and D Joe Marciano (v. Cody Sol) each had fighting majors in the frame.
  • Shots: BAK- 5 , ONT- 6
Second period
  • No scoring in the period.
  • Shots: BAK- 3, ONT- 7
Third period
  • Condors goal: F Jordan Knackstedt sniped a shot over the glove hand of G Michael Hutchinson from the slot. Time of goal: 4:31; Game tied, 1-1
  • Condors goal: F Michael Neal, on a two-on-one, took it himself and went under the crossbar for his fourth of the season. Time of goal: 6:27; Condors lead, 2-1
  • G Chet Pickard stopped all 10 third period shots.
  • Shots: BAK- 4, ONT- 10
W – Pickard (2-2-0-0, 23/22)
L – Hutchinson (8-1-0-2, 12/10)

Condors droppings

  • 3 Stars: 1. Pickard (BAK), 2. Neal (BAK), 3. Costello (ONT)
  • Final shots on goal: BAK- 12 | ONT- 23
  • Power plays: BAK- 0/2 | ONT- 0/3
  • Bakersfield’s win was the first in Ontario since Oct. 14, 2011
  • Neal has goals in back-to-back games and leads the team with 10 points (4g-6a)
  • F Austin Mayer made his Condors debut after he signed a contract on Tuesday
  • Leach’s fight was the first of his professional career
  • Condors scratches: Garlock, Steffes, Abney, Follmer, Thurber


Canned Food Drive and Hunger Games = $1 tickets

The team returns to home ice on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against the San Francisco Bulls for Canned Food Drive Night, sponsored by La Preciosa 105.3. Get a $1 ticket with the donation of two non-perishable food items. Also, in honor of the release of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, bring your ticket from any showing of the film at Maya Cinemas and receive $1 admission to the game.

Saturday after Thanksgiving is the annual Condors Teddy Bear Toss, against the Stockton Thunder at 7 p.m., sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, KERN 1180 AM and 3-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac. Fans are asked to bring a teddy bear to the game and when the Condors score their first goal of the night, throw them onto the ice.


(Note: this game is the largest of the season, every year, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance and arrive early to avoid being stuck in line when the Teddy Bear Toss goal is scored.)

Ticket packages for the 2013-14 season are still available and can be had for close to $10 per month. Click here or call 324-PUCK (7825) for more information.

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