Stockton fights off the Condors in preseason finale, 3-1

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors opened the scoring for the second night in a row, but couldn’t hold back the Stockton Thunder, taking a 3-1 loss Saturday in front of 3,659 at Rabobank Arena.

The Condors first goal came just 1:31 into the contest, as rookie C Mathew Sisca staked the home team to a 1-0 lead. As was the case Friday night in Stockton, the Condors parade to the penalty box thwarted their momentum. They were shorthanded four times over the rest of the first period and couldn’t add to their lead.

Stockton tied the game at 11:04 with a tally by D Colten Hayes, his first of the night. The two clubs each posted nine shots in the period, which also featured a fight between Condors D Erik Burgdoerfer and Thunder RW Cameron Abney. Bakersfield led in shots 20-17 through 40 minutes.

In the third the Thunder pushed in front for good with a pair of tallies. Hayes notched his second of the night as the eventual game winner at 3:02. Later, LW Ian O’Connor added some insurance with a tally in tight on Condors G Bryan Pitton to make it 3-1.

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Condors Droppings:
Bakersfield outshot Stockton 34-27 in the game… Bakersfield was shorthanded 16 times in two preseason games… Each game featured two fights, with LW Hans Benson squaring off with D Cameron Brodie in the third period tonight as well… Power plays: BAK – 0/6; STK – 1/9… Three Stars: 1. Hayes (STK), 2. Sisca (BAK), 3. Burgdoerfer (BAK).

The Condors host their 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 17 at Noon. This year’s event will be at RiverLakes Golf Course located at 5201 RiverLakes Dr. Teams are comprised of four entrants and a Condors player at a cost of $125 per person. Entry fee includes greens fees, cart, range balls, a sack lunch, one free putt in the putting contest, three free raffle tickets, specialty hat and a goodie bag. Non-Golfer Dinner Only tickets are available for $20. To download a Charity Golf Classic entry form, click here , or for more information call the Condors front office at 324-PUCK(7825).

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The Condors home opener is Saturday, Oct. 15, when the Colorado Eagles come to town. The first 3,000 fans 5 and older will get a Condors Division Championship Banner, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, Fox Sports Radio 970 and American Business machines. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and game time is 7 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be a Party on the Plaza starting at 4 p.m., presented by the Downtown Business Association, with vendors, games, food and drinks and more.

Ticket packages for the 2011-12 season are now on sale, starting at just $48. The Condors will battle the rival Stockton Thunder in Bakersfield in preseason action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Visit or call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.

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