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January 26, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors came out of the All-Star Break with three-in-three last weekend, but collected just one point in a shootout loss to the Ontario Reign on Anaheim Ducks-style Jersey Raffle and Auction night on Saturday.

The Condors sit in 4th place in the Pacific Division, at 13-23-6 with 32 points in the standings. They trail the Las Vegas Wranglers for third place by six points, but embark on a three-game set against the Wranglers this weekend.

THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):

Friday, Jan. 30 @ Las Vegas (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 31 @ Las Vegas (7:30 p.m.)

Monday, Feb. 2 @ Las Vegas (7:30 p.m.)

WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):

Wednesday, Jan. 21

AMERICAN CONFERENCE 11 vs. National Conference 5 ECHL All-Star Game Condors LW Mark Derlago (right) opened the scoring in the annual ECHL All-Star Game, but it wasn't enough to jump-start the National Conference in an 11-5 loss to the American Conference. The Condors were also represented by rookie F Matt Pope, who was named to the starting lineup. It was later announced that the 2010 All-Star Game will be held in Ontario, Calif. next season.

Friday, Jan. 23 Alaska 5 vs. CONDORS 2 Attn: 5,857 The Aces and Condors exchanged first period tallies, with RW Mike Wirll (left) making it 1-1 after the first period. But visiting Alaska notched four of the next five goals in the game to take the win. C Dave Bonk also scored for the Condors, while G J.P. Lamoureux stymied Bakersfield with 34 saves.

Saturday, Jan. 24 Ontario 3 vs. CONDORS 2 (SO) Attn: 6,226 After falling behind 1-0 in the first frame, goals by C Dave Bonk and F Matt Pope pushed the Condors out in front 2-1 in the early stages of the third period. But a power play tally by Ontario LW Todd Jackson tied the game up and forced overtime. G Dave McKee (right) was solid for Bakersfield, making 28 saves through regulation and surrendered just two goals in a seven-round shootout, but the Reign took the win. Bonk also scored in the shootout for Bakersfield.

Sunday, Jan. 25 ONTARIO 4 vs. Condors 3 Trailing 3-0 through 40 minutes of play, Bakersfield rallied in the third period but came up just short. C Dave Bonk (left) scored twice for the Condors in the final frame before Reign C Tim Kraus lit the lamp with just over three minutes left to put Ontario ahead by two. The Reign needed that goal, as LW Mark Derlago again pulled Bakersfield within one with a late power play tally, but the equalizer eluded the Condors in their 16th one-goal loss of the season.

PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:

The Condors are 2nd in the league in average attendance at 5,932 fans per game. They surpassed the 100,000 mark in overall attendance this season on Friday night.

-F Matt Pope (right) notched his second shorthanded goal of the season Saturday, tying him with RW Mike Wirll for the team lead. Pope is tied for 4th in the league (2nd among rookies) with 23 goals on the season. He is 12th in the league in points with 42 (4th among rookies).

-RW Chad Painchaud is t-3rd in the ECHL in assists (32) and 13th in points (41).

-C Dave Bonk has a three-game goal scoring streak, with four goals during that stretch. Though it doesn't count in the statistics, Bonk also tallied in the shootout on Saturday night. Pope (1g-2a) and Painchaud (0g-3a) both have three-game point streaks as well.

-F Andrew Ianiero (right) is only eight points shy of tying Paul Rosebush for 3rd on the Condors All-Time scoring list. He currently has 231 points in his Bakersfield career.

-D Scotty Balan is just two penalty minutes shy of the 400 mark for his Condors career. He has moved up to 4th on the Condors All-Time list.

-LW Mark Derlago scored his 50th career Condors goal Sunday night. The Condors power play had a four-game scoring streak snapped on Saturday, but struck on Sunday night and now ranks 7th in the league (18.9%).

-Bakersfield has only surrendered three power play goals in the last nine games, killing off 37 of their last 40 shorthanded situations (92.5%). The Condors are now t-13th in the league at 82% on the penalty kill.

-F Dave Bonk was placed on the 3-IR on Monday and is eligible to be activated on Thursday. D Tyler Scott is on the 7-IR and is eligible to be activated on Friday. LW Bobby Bolt remains on the 30-IR, though he is eligible to be activated, while D Sean Hurley remains on the 30-IR and is eligible to return on Jan. 28.

NEARLY $20,000 RAISED THROUGH DUCKS-STYLE JERSEYS On Saturday and Sunday against the Ontario Reign, the Condors donned Anaheim Ducks-style jerseys for a raffle & auction to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. The Reign also skated in LA Kings-style jerseys for their own charity auction. A total of $19,900 was raised with the post-game auction Saturday night, with F Andrew Ianiero's jersey fetching a team-high $2,900. For more on the auction, click here.

The Condors head out to Las Vegas for a three-game series against the Wranglers, starting on Friday night. Games on Friday, Saturday and Monday night all begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1230, B2 Networks and Bakersfieldcondors.com.

The Condors then return to The Nest for a three-game homestand, starting on Wednesday, Feb. 4 when the Idaho Steelheads come to town. That game will be a High School / College ID Night, sponsored by My 45 and 106.1 KRAB Radio, during which all high school and college students can receive $1 admission by presenting their student ID at the arena box office.

On Friday, Feb. 6, the Condors host the Alaska Aces for the Action Figurine Giveaway, sponsored by Bright House Networks and Farmers Insurance. The first 3,000 fans, 5-and-older, will receive a Condors Action Figurine!

The next night, Saturday, Feb. 7, the Condors host the Steelheads for the second time in three games. That night, the ZOOperstars, presented by KGET-TV 17, 101.5 KGFM and Mercy & Memorial Hospitals, will be at The Nest. Come see 10-foot tall mascot characters, including Donovan McCrabb, Nomar Garciaparrot, Mario Lemule, LeBronco James, Alex Frogriguez and Mackerel Jordan entertain fans of all ages (characters are subject to change).

GET TICKETS Individual game tickets are on sale and may be purchased through the Rabobank Arena Box Office, which is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours on game days. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 322-2525, online at Bakersfieldcondors.com, or at any Ticketmaster location. Season tickets, mini-plans and group outings are available at the Condors office located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue or by calling 324-PUCK (7825).

LEAGUE LEADERS:

Average Attendance - 5,932 (2nd)

F Matt Pope - 23 goals (t-2nd rookies, t-4th overall)

F Matt Pope - 42 points (4th rookies, 12th overall)

F Matt Pope - 10 power play goals (t-4th)

RW Chad Painchaud - 32 assists (t-3rd)

RW Chad Painchaud - 41 points (13th)

Condors Power Play - 18.9% (7th)

CONDORS LEADERS:

Points- F Matt Pope (42)

Goals- F Matt Pope (23)

Assists- RW Chad Painchaud (32)

PIM- RW Liam Huculak (123)

GAA- G Yutaka Fukufuji (3.48)

Save Percentage- G Yutaka Fukufuji (.902)

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