Rowdy crowd wills Condors to Game 3 victory

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period of Game 3, and held on for a 5-4 triumph over the Alaska Aces in front of a raucous 6,411 fans at Rabobank Arena Friday night.
Bakersfield now leads the series, 2-games-to-1, with Games 4 and 5 on home ice Saturday and Sunday.

1st Period

  • CONDORS goal: F Andrew Carroll (3rd) redirection from the side of the net (Steffes, Little assists) at 9:23; BAK leads 1-0
  • CONDORS goal: C Joel Broda (7th) on a rebound from the left side of the crease at 10:35 (Knackstedt, Schaber assists); BAK leads 2-0
  • CONDORS goal: RW Jordan Knackstedt (5th) knocked in a feed from the right side of the net at 15:20 (Schaber, Leach assists); BAK leads 3-0
  • Shots: BAK – 14 | AK – 9

2nd Period

  • Aces goal: LW Tom Mele with a redirection off a point shot at 1:43, BAK leads 3-1
  • CONDORS goal: F Chase Schaber (4th) on the power play from the slot (Thurber, Bowman assists) at 12:20; Condors lead, 4-1
  • Aces goal: C Jordan Morrison nabbed a rebound and buried it at 15:11; BAK leads 4-2
  • Aces goal: C Nick Mazzolini finished off a 2-on-2 rush at 16:22; BAK leads 4-3
  • Shots: BAK – 7 | AK – 10
3rd Period 
  • CONDORS goal: LW Chris Collins (4th) battled to center ice and ripped a shot from the red line into the empty net to seal the win (Broda, Burgdoerfer assists): 18:50; Condors lead, 5-3
  • Alaska goal: LW Turner Elson chipped a redirected shot home with just 16 seconds left in the game; Condors lead, 5-4
  • Shots: BAK – 8 | AK – 12

W: Brossoit (10-3; 32/28)

L: Roy (5-1; 28/24)
Condors droppings:
  • Three Stars: 1. Schaber (BAK), 2. Knackstedt (BAK), 3. Broda (BAK)
  • Final shots: BAK – 29 | AK – 32
  • Power plays: BAK – 1/7 | AK – 0/5
  • C Joel Broda tied the Condors single-season playoff mark with his 7th goal of the postseason (Dave Bonk, 2005-06)
  • F Chase Schaber (1g-2a) had a multi-point night. He also set a new team record for points by a rookie in a playoff season (10 points).
  • The Condors have had a lead entering the third period in all three games of the series.
  • LW Chris Collins has goals in all three games of the Conference Finals.
  • RW Jordan Knackstedt has 12 points (5g-7a) in the last nine games, with four multi-point outings.
  • C Matt Thurber has assists in all three games of the series.
  • Scratches: Joe, Gawryletz, Bennett, Holmberg,

$5 Margaritas for the Conference Finals next weekend! 

The Condors invite everyone to cool down for Games 4 & 5 next weekend with $5 margaritas for every game. Friday, the team will hand out commemorative Western Conference Finals rally towels and everyone is asked to wear WHITE for a white out all weekend long! Tara, the super ninja cat, who saved a little Bakersfield boy and Condors fan two days ago, will drop the puck on Friday night.


Come watch history in the making and save $$ by calling 324-PUCK (7825)


Condors (#6) vs. Alaska Aces (#1) – all times Pacific

G1 – Fri, 5/16, L, AK 2 vs. BAK 1
G2 – Sat, 5/17, W, BAK 3 at AK 2 (OT)
G3 – Fri, 5/23, W, BAK 5 vs. AK 4
G4 – Sat, 5/24, in Bakersfield (7 p.m.)
G5 – Sun, 5/25, in Bakersfield (6 p.m.)

G6 – Tues, 5/27, at Alaska (8:15 p.m.)
G7 – Wed, 5/28, at Alaska (8:15 p.m.)
Condors (#6) def, Stockton Thunder (#7) (4-games-to-1)

Condors (#6) def. Utah Grizzlies (#3), (4-games-to-1)

Tune In:

  • All games, home and away, can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM (, through your mobile device on iHeartRadio, or pay-per-view online at “Condors Countdown” starts 15 minutes prior to the drop of the puck.
  • “Condors Unleashed” weekly live webcast produced by the Bakersfield Californian airs weekly on Wednesdays from Noon – 1 p.m.
  • “Condors Insider” weekly radio show, live Thursday from 4 – 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 970.