2008-09 Condors made their mark in team history
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, official ECHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, had a memorable season in 2008-09. Along the way, several team and personal marks were eclipsed or improved upon.
INDIVIDUAL C Dave Bonk's 82 points ranks 7th in Condors history for a single-season total, and the highest single season mark since 2008-11-17 Weekly Bonkthe team joined the ECHL. His total, which came in just 60 games, is the highest since Paul Willett scored 85 in 2002-03, when he won the WCHL scoring title. He is also one of just seven Condors to put up over 50 assists in a single season, finishing with 51 on the year. Bonk's 15 power play goals ranked 5th in the league, and was the fourth-highest single season total in Condors history. The 2nd Team All-ECHL selection also climbed to within one point of equaling the career playoff points mark, as his nine points this post-season combined with his 2005-06 totals to reach 24 points in his Condors career. Bonk's 10 career playoff goals is 2nd all-time.
LW Mark Derlago climbed to 6th in career goals with 71. In derlago wins itaddition, he became the first Condor since Paul Willett (1999-00 and 2000-01) to record back-to-back 30-goal campaigns. While playing in only 49 games in the regular season, his 1.57 points per game ranks second in Condors history (Willett, 1.73 in 99-00). Derlago netted two hat tricks in the regular season and one in the playoffs, for six in his Condors career, also a record. Derlago's 12 power play goals boosted him to 4th in Condors history (27 career). The 2nd Team All-ECHL winger closed out the regular season with a 15-game point streak, tied for the second-longest in Condors history (Willett, 17gm, 1999-00). His 15 career playoff points rank tied for 4th.
F Matt Pope established a new team record for points in a season by a rookie, with 63 (30g-33a) in just 54 games. Pope, who was an ECHL All-Star and ECHL All-Rookie Team selection, broke Derlago's rookie record of 57, set just last season. Pope's 33 assists is also a Condors rookie record, breaking Lars-Peder Nagel's mark of 31, set in 2004-05.
2009-02-23 Weekly IanieroF Andrew Ianiero passed Paul Willett and moved into 3rd place in Condors history in games played, and passed Kevin St. Jacques for 1st place in career playoff games. His 20 goals tied a career high this season and put him 4th all-time. His 174 career assists nudged him into 2nd in Condors history, passing Jamie Cooke (170). Ianiero is now also tied for 3rd in shorthanded goals (9) and 4th in game winning goals (12). Ianiero's two points this post-season put him into a tie with St. Jacques for 1st in career playoff points, with 25, and he expanded his career playoff goals record to 16. 2008-12-01 weekly balan D Scotty Balan jumped up among Condors/Fog history in games, passing six players this season to move into the Top 10, and now ranks 3rd all-time among defensemen (trailing only Glen Mears and Quinn Fair) with 218 games. His 102 penalty minutes this season also put him in 4th place in Condors history with 423.
G Yutaka Fukufuji, not only improved upon his regular season marks, but moved to the top of the Condors career playoff charts in several categories. He is officially the only goaltender in team history to compete in more than one playoff season, and now owns the top spot in games (13), minutes (804), wins (5 - tied with Ryan Munce), saves (465) and save percentage (.908).
GOAL SCORING Three Condors have cracked the 30-goal barrier in a Condors jersey this season - Derlago (32), Bonk (31) and Pope (30) - for the first time in team history. Technically, in 2000-01, three Condors had over 30 goals, but Jeff Petruic was acquired late in the season and only scored three of his 30 goals with Bakersfield. This year's team also equaled a club record with seven 20-goal scorers on the roster, though similarly, Bruce Graham (left) scored 10 of grhis 27 goals with Gwinnett before being acquired midway through the season. Derlago, Bonk, Pope, Graham, Mike Wirll, Ianiero, Chad Painchaud each hit the 20-goal plateau. The 2002-03 Condors also had seven 20-goal scorers on the team to set the original standard (Jamie Cooke, Jason Ralph, Jeff Goldie, Christian Skoryna, Willett, Paul Rosebush, Shawn Byram).
The Condors 246 goals scored this season is the 3rd-highest in Condors history (270, 2006-07; 253, 2002-03). Five hat tricks were recorded this season, tying a team record set just last season. Derlago (twice), Ianiero, Wirll and Tylor Michel all notched three goals in a game, and four of the five hat tricks came on home ice, while additionally, two more were scored in the playoffs (Bonk, Derlago).
POWER PLAY The 2008-09 season also saw the Condors set a new record for power play efficiency, at 20.5%, breaking one of the oldest records in the organization's history. The Bakersfield Fog recorded a 20.2% rate in the 1996-97 campaign. Also, for only the third time in 11 years of Condors history, more than one player recorded double digits in power play goals. A team record four players recorded at least 10 tallies with the man advantage - Bonk (15), Pope (13), Derlago (12), and Graham (11).
Jersey Auction Underway: The Condors silent game-worn jersey auction is underway - you read about them, now get their jerseys! Benefiting the Active 20/30 Club, the auction includes the white jerseys worn during the season, and began on eBay last weekend.
The proceeds raised from this event will benefit the youth of Kern County that are in extraordinary need, through the Active 20/30 Club. Last year's silent jersey auction raised $16,400 for the Active 20/30 Club. The Condors "Jersey Off Our Backs Auctions" have raised a combined total of $67,700 this season for deserving non-profit organizations.
The auction is being held online through eBay, click here to visit the Condors Hub and place your bid today! Notes from The Nest: Stay tuned to the Condors website throughout the off-season for updated team information, player signings and community appearances, at www.bakersfieldcondors.com. Contact the community relations department for information on donations and appearances throughout the summer months.
Season tickets and mini-plans are now on sale, starting at just $42 for the 2009-10 season are on sale now through the Condors office. Click here for further details, or stop by the Condors office or call 324-PUCK (7825) for remaining seat availability.
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