Stewart, 26, manned the net for the Condors in all three games last week, posting a 3-0-0 week for the second time during the team’s current 11-0-0 streak. Stewart surrendered just one goal and made 37 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Victoria Salmon Kings on Wednesday. He followed that up with a 3-1 win against Las Vegas on Friday in which he made 30 saves. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native then turned in his first professional shutout with a 24-save effort on Saturday in a 2-0 triumph over the Wranglers again.
Under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers, who assigned him to Bakersfield on Jan. 7, Stewart has set a new Condors record by posting a 10-game winning streak that began on Mar. 4. He has started all but one game of the team’s current win streak, and has climbed up the league rankings to 2nd in goals against average (2.23) and a league-best .927 save percentage.
It is the second Goaltender of the Week award for Stewart this season. The rookie claimed the American Hockey League honor for the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2 with Philadelphia’s affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, just prior to being assigned to Bakersfield. G Josh Tordjman claimed back-to-back Goaltender of the Week awards back in December.
The Condors take to the road for four games in five nights in three different cities this week. They put their 11-game win streak on the line tonight in Las Vegas for a 7:05 p.m. start. They follow that up with a 7 p.m. contest in Ontario Wednesday night, and two games in Utah (both at 6:05 p.m. Pacific) on Friday and Saturday night.
The Condors have locked up a playoff spot, and now battle to determine positioning. Regardless of their first round opponent, however, they will return home to host Game 3 of the best-of-five series on Friday, Apr. 8, and Game 4, if necessary, on Saturday, Apr. 9. Both games would start at 7 p.m.
Visit the Condors Kelly Cup Playoff page here http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/kelly-cup-playoffs/ and stay tuned for updates, scheduling, ticket information and more.
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