BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Idaho Steelheads (5-7-1-1, 12pts) skated out to a 4-0 lead and held on to beat the Bakersfield Condors (5-8-1-0, 11pts) 4-2 in front of 5,611 fans at Rabobank Arena Saturday night.
Despite a heavy advantage in shots in the first period, Bakersfield surrendered the first goal. F Chad Nehring redirected a centering feed past G Matt Keetley for the 1-0 advantage. Shots were 14-7 Condors in the first.
Idaho blew the game wide open in the middle frame. They scored three times in the span of 2:17 to make it 4-0 before the game was half over. It was the third time in three games that the Condors spotted the Steelheads to a lead of at least three goals before getting on the board. Bakersfield did get on the board in the second, however, with LW Matt Marquardt and D Michael Gergen recording power play markers to cut into the lead.
Steelheads G Jerry Kuhn kept the Condors off the board in the third. He stopped 14 third period shots, and finished with 38 overall on the evening to pick up the win.
9/11-SEAL Team 6 Jerseys raise over $15,000
After the game tonight the Condors auctioned off their 9/11-SEAL Team 6 tribute jerseys to raise cash for the Wounded Heroes Fund. The jerseys brought in $15,675, with the largest bid being dropped down for RW Ian McKenzie’s sweater ($1,300).
Tonight’s game was the last home game against Idaho this season for Bakersfield… F Michael Gergen skated as a defenseman tonight, with the Condors bench short due to injury… LW Matt Marquardt scored for the fourth time in four games this week… Final Shots: BAK – 40; IDH – 29… Power plays: BAK – 2/7; IDH 1/5… Three Stars: 1. Neal (IDH) 2. Lowe (IDH) 3. Marquardt (BAK).
The Condors close out their four-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against the Stockton Thunder. That game is the annual Businessperson’s Special/Field Trip Day Game, sponsored by HOT 94.1. Slated for a 10:30 a.m. start, all tickets in the building are just $10. In addition, all season ticket holders will have access to the Club Room, normally reserved only for Club Seat Ticket Holders.
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