Oct. 22, 2010
West Valley City, UTAH – G Josh Tordjman recorded a 35-save shutout and the Bakersfield Condors (1-1-0-0, 2pts) picked up their first win of the season, dropping the Utah Grizzlies (1-1-1-0, 3pts) 5-0 in front of 5,228 fans at Maverik Center Friday night.
Despite a 12-4 shot advantage in the first period by Utah, Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. C Adam Naglich broke free from the penalty box and finished off a 2-on-1 with F Jean-Marc Beaudoin for his first of the season at 8:46. RW Stephane Goulet took advantage of a strange ricochet at 12:19 and deposited his 2nd of the season into a practically open net to make it 2-0. Tordjman earned his first start of the season for the Condors, while the Grizzlies countered with former ECHL Goaltender of the Year J.P. Lamoureux.
The Condors were opportunistic in the second period as well, lighting the lamp twice on their first three shots of the frame. C Rylan Kaip snapped home a centering feed from LW Mika Suoraniemi to make it 3-0 at 9:06. The Condors Captain set up Goulet just over two minutes later for his second goal of the night. Tordjman made 25 saves through 40 minutes of play.
D Antonin Manavian padded the lead with a third period power play goal for Bakersfield, and Tordjman did the rest. he made 10 saves in the third frame and 35 on the night to backstop Bakersfield to their first shutout since Valentine’s Day last season (Tyler Sims).
Notes from the Nest:
RW J.D. Corbin took a hit from behind into the boards late in the second period and did not return to the game. Manavian skated as a forward for the third period… The shutout was the 10th of Tordjman’s career… Recently reassigned RW Pascal Morency did not make the trip to Utah with the team… Three stars: 1. Tordjman (BAK); 2. Goulet (BAK); 3. Suoraniemi (BAK).
The Condors wrap up their two-game stint in Utah Saturday night and visit the Las Vegas Wranglers next Thursday before returning to Condorstown to take on Stockton and Alaska on Oct. 29 and 30.
Oct. 29 will be Schedule Magnet Giveaway Night sponsored by ESPN 1230 and Three Way Automotive Group. To get tickets, visit the Rabobank Arena Box Office or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. You can also visit ticketmaster.com. ECHL All-Star Classic tickets will go on sale November 26. Until that date, All-Star Classic tickets can be reserved through Condors ticket plans. For more information, call the Condors at 324-PUCK(7825), or visit www.bakersfieldcondors.com.