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.
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.
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.
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