Bakersfield gaining ground in National Conference
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors took three out of a possible four points last weekend while extending their unbeaten streak (in regulation) to six games (4-0-2). They trail the Phoenix RoadRunners by just four points in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the National Conference.
The Condors are 12-20-8 on the season and in 4th place in the Pacific Division, trailing the third place Stockton Thunder by six points. After hosting Utah on Tuesday night, the Condors head up the valley to Stockton for games Friday and Saturday night.
Overall Record: 12-20-8
Pacific Division: 4th
National Conference: 9th
Last Week: 1-0-1
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)
Tuesday, Jan. 29 vs. Utah (7 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 1 @ Stockton (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 2 @ Stockton (7:30 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Friday, Jan. 25
CONDORS 4 vs. RoadRunners 2
LW Mark Derlago scored twice and added an assist while G Michel Robinson made a season-high 44 saves as the Condors defeated visiting Phoenix 4- 2. C Tim Konsorada added his 22nd goal of the year and a pair of assists for Bakersfield, who ran their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) with the victory. F Sean Venedam notched his 400th career assist in the game as well. Derlago's goal-scoring streak reached five games with his third consecutive two- goal effort.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Idaho 4 vs. CONDORS 3, SO
The Condors received goals from LW Mark Derlago, F Sean Venedam and RW Chris Di Ubaldo and held a 3-1 lead in the third period Saturday night, but they couldn't hold back the Steelheads. Idaho scored twice on the power play in the final frame and went on to prevail in the shootout, 4-3. The Condors and Steelheads have met three times this season, and Idaho has won each game by just one goal.
The National Conference topped the American Conference, 10-7, in Wednesday's 2008 Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Game in Stockton. Victoria F Ash Goldie led the way for the National Conference, notching an ECHL All-Star Game record six points (3g, 3a) and earning the Most Valuable Player honor. Condors D Kevin Truelson and F Todd Griffith skated for the National Conference squad.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
F Sean Venedam recorded his 400th professional assist on Friday night.
Four Condors players are currently on a six-game scoring streak: C Tim Konsorada (4g, 4a), F Sean Venedam (1g, 6a), LW Mark Derlago (9g, 2a) and LW Andrew Ianiero (3g, 7a).
Derlago also has a six-game goal-scoring streak, during which he has lit the lamp nine times. His streak is tied for the second-longest in Condors history, matching Steve Dowhy's six-game streak in 1998-99. Paul Rosebush holds the team record with a seven-game goal streak set in 2002-03.
G Michel Robinson has started six consecutive games between the pipes, and stopped 84 of 89 shots faced last weekend (.944 save percentage). Though he has not logged enough minutes to qualify for the league leaders, his save percentage of .924 would rank 8th.
The Condors power play has struck in five of the last six games.
F Eric Sonnenberg was activated from the 3-day IR on Saturday, and returned to action that night for the first time since Jan. 4. He missed eight games, and skated most of the night Saturday on defense.
D Reagan Leslie was placed on the 3-day IR Saturday, and is eligible to return on Jan. 29.
D Scott Balan was placed on the 30-day IR Sunday, and is eligible to return on Feb. 29.
D Jay Langager (7-day) and C Mike Hofstrand (30- day) are both eligible to return, but remain on IR.
The Condors are back on home ice Tuesday, Jan. 29 against the Utah Grizzlies. That night is High School/College Student ID Night, courtesy of CW Bakersfield and 106.1 KRAB Radio. All high school and college students can get in to the game for just $1 by presenting their student ID at the Rabobank Arena box office.
Doors open at 6 p.m., puck drops at 7 p.m.
This weekend the Condors head up the valley for a pair of road games against the Stockton Thunder. Friday night's game is the next "See The Condors On The Road" Game this season. All Condors full season tickets holders receive this exclusive benefit. Your vouchers (redeemable at the Stockton Arena) can be found on the back page of each season ticket booklet. Don't miss your chance to cheer on your Condors on the road as they take on the Thunder. The same two teams do battle again Saturday night. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
You can catch all Condors games live on the All- New KGEO AM1230 with the "Voice of the Condors" Kevin Bartl. All games are also available to watch online through B2 Networks. Just click the "Watch and Listen Live" link on the Condors home page. Live streaming for all Condors games is also available at no cost via the website, www.bakersfieldcondors.com. For more information or to reserve ticket packages, contact the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825).
Average Attendance - 5,891 (3rd)
Shorthanded Goals - 11 (t-1st)
Road Shorthanded Goals - 10 (1st)
Penalty Minutes - 1065 (1st)
C Tim Konsorada - 22 goals (6th)
Konsorada - 4 SHG (t-1st)
D Kevin Truelson - 26 points (7th Defensemen)
Truelson - 8 goals (t-5th Defensemen)
D David Kudelka - 104 PIM (t-5th Defensemen)
D Jason Goulet - 7 Major Penalties (t-5th Defensemen)
Points- C Tim Konsorada (38)
Goals- Konsorada (22)
Assists- F Andrew Ianiero (22)
PIMs- D David Kudelka (104)
Plus/Minus- D Kevin Truelson (+13)
Wins- G Yutaka Fukufuji (7)
GAA- G Michel Robinson (2.83)
Save Percentage- Robinson (.924)
Individual game tickets are now 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 www.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).
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