The Salmon Kings struck first, earning a 1-0 lead when F Matt Siddall banked a shot from the right corner off of G Brian Stewart and into the net at 11:26 of the frame. Less than four minutes later, D Jeff Caister finished off a 4-on-2 rush to boost Victoria to a 2-0 lead at the end of the frame.
The Condors more than doubled the shot output of the Salmon Kings over the final two periods, owning a 22-10 advantage, but Shantz was equal to the task. He turned aside 11 in both the second and third periods, stopping a total of 30 shots to earn the shutout. Bakersfield had their share of big hits on the night, but the physical play didn’t equate to the offense they needed.
The Condors fell behind 2-games-to-1 last season to Victoria before winning two straight to take the series in five games… This was the first loss for the Condors on home ice since Feb. 20… Tonight’s crowd of 5,016 was the largest in the ECHL this post-season… Power plays: BAK: 0/3; VIC: 0/5… Three stars: 1. D. Shantz (VIC); 2. M. Siddall (VIC); 3. J. Caister (VIC).Next Home Game:
The two clubs stay in Bakersfield for the remainder of the series, with Game 4 Saturday night at 7 p.m. The first round of the playoffs is sponsored by ABC23, Cal Water and Bakersfield Hyundai. If the Condors score with 11:11 left on the clock in any period, one lucky fan will win a brand new car, courtesy of Bakersfield Hyundai. Game 5, if necessary, will be Monday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Stockton/Utah series.
Mini-plan holders can still get in ahead of the action! Call the Condors at 324-PUCK (7825) to get more information on how you can lock in your seats for the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs. You can also download the order form here.
All you need are 10 people to put together a playoff group – get discounts on your tickets, group seating, and everyone in a lower bowl group gets a free Condors hat. Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) for more information or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.