Worth the wait – Condors win third straight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – LW Evan Trupp scored twice and added a shootout tally to lead the Bakersfield Condors (13-32-4-1, 31pts) to a 4-3 shootout win over the Las Vegas Wranglers (30-16-1-4, 65pts) at Rabobank Arena in front of a rowdy crowd of 7,757 Saturday night.

After a lengthy delay to start the game, once the puck was dropped the action came quick, with a fight and two goals in the first three and a half minutes. After falling behind 1-0, Bakersfield tied it up with F Parker Stanfield netting his sixth of the season at 3:26. A fracas later in the period led to a three-minute 5-on-3 major power play for the Wranglers, and they connected once to make it 2-1 after one.

The two clubs exchanged tallies in the middle stanza to keep it a one-goal game. LW Evan Trupp lit the lamp with a rebound chance just 1:21 into the frame to make it 2-2. During 4-on-4 action later in the period, the Wranglers regained the lead, with C Adam Miller beating G Matt Keetley to bring it to 3-2. Shots were 31-17 Las Vegas through 40 minutes.

Bakersfield tied it up once again, early in the third period. Trupp notched his second of the night at 2:46 with a highlight-reel tally, scooping up the puck behind the net and slipping it over the shoulder of G Mitch O’Keefe, lacrosse-style.

Neither team scored in overtime, while Trupp and LW Kyle Calder both tickled the twine in the shootout to lift the Condors to victory.

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Evan Trupp post-game comments

Matt O’Dette post-game comments

Condors Droppings:
The game was delayed for an hour and 40-plus minutes due to ice conditions… F Parker Stanfield has seven points (3g-4a) in his current four-game scoring streak… Trupp had a three-point night (2g-1a)… The 41-save performance was the third time Keetley stopped 40 or more shots in a game this season… The crowd was the second-largest crowd of the season… Shots on goal: BAK- 27, LV- 44… PP: BAK 1/4, LV 1/4… Three Stars: 1. Trupp (BAK), 2. Stanfield (BAK), 3. Keetley (BAK).


Bobblefists, Bugs Bunny & free palm trees coming up!

After a trip to Alaska next week the Condors return to home ice for a pair of games against the Stockton Thunder, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25.

Friday the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a Bobblehead of Condors enforcer Hans Benson – and his fists bobble as well! Sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and Three-Way Automotive Group.  On Saturday the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a palm tree seedling to take home, stick in the ground and turn your abode tropical! In addition, Bugs Bunny will be in the house to meet the kids and hang out in the Condors Photo Booth, sponsored by Bright House Networks, KERN 1180 and Cal Water.

Get Tickets
Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena box office by calling 1-800-745-3000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours on gamedays. For more information on ticket packages, exciting promotions, and to sign up for the Kids Club for just $10, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.


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