Condors surge into playoffs
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors wrapped up the regular season last weekend with 1-0-1 record in a two game series against the Ontario Reign. They secured the 3rd spot in the Pacific Division, rallying from last place in the National Conference by going 19-5-2 over their last 26 contests.
Bakersfield finishes with a record of 33-31-8, with a .514 win pct. and 74 points. They went 17-15-4 in front of the hometown fans this season, including an impressive 12-3-1 over their last 16 games on Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Home Ice.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Pacific Division Semi-Finals
Friday, April 10 - Game 1 @ LV (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, April 11 - Game 2 @ LV (7:30 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Friday, April 3
CONDORS 4 vs. Ontario 3, OT
D Donny Grover potted the game-winning goal with just 1:11 left in overtime, capping a late rally by the Condors in a 4-3 win over visiting Ontario. After Bakersfield led 2-0, the Reign rallied to take the lead in the third frame. LW Mark Derlago netted the equalizer inside the final four minutes of regulation, setting the stage for Grover's heroics.
Saturday, April 4
Ontario 3 vs. CONDORS 2, SO
RW Mike Wirll scored twice for the Condors, each time giving Bakersfield a one-goal lead, but they could not hold back the Reign, who came back to win 3-2 in the shootout. Rookie G Jerad Kaufmann made 32 saves in his professional debut in net for the Condors, who finish their regular season series 4-4-3 against Ontario. Seven of the 11 meetings were decided by just one goal.
PAINCHAUD, THOMAS JOIN CONDORS
The Condors added two players to the roster today from the American Hockey League. RW Chad Painchaud was reassigned by the Anaheim Ducks from Iowa, and D Andrew Thomas was returned on loan from the Chops. Painchaud was in the Top 5 in ECHL scoring when he was brought up to Iowa on Feb. 26. He had 3g-3a in 16 games with Iowa, along with 20g-44a-64pts in 57 games with the Condors. Thomas had two stints in the AHL with Iowa, with 0g-4a in 25 games, but had 0g-14a in 24 games with the Condors, along with a plus-5 rating.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
The Condors finish the season 5th in the league in average attendance at 5,545 fans per game. They hosted over 13,000 fans the final weekend, and 14 crowds this season of over 6,000. The total attendance for the regular season was 199,628, falling just a few hundred shy of hitting 200,000 for the fourth straight season.
C Dave Bonk (right) finished 5th in the ECHL in scoring, with 82 points (31g-51a) while LW Mark Derlago finished 7th with 77 points (32g-45a). Derlago played in just 49 games in the ECHL this season, less games than anyone in the Top 29 in total points. It is the highest any tandem has finished in league scoring for Bakersfield since Paul Willett and Christian Skoryna ranked 1st and 4th in the WCHL in 2002-03. Bonk's point total was the highest since Paul Willett's 85 that same season.
Derlago's two assists on Satuday moved him into a tie with Shawn Byram for the second-longest point streak in Condors history, at 15 games. He had 11g-18a-29pts in the stretch, and the last time he failed to get at least a point was in February.
Seven Condors recorded at least 20-goals this season, tying the team record set in 2002-03. That is coupled with the three-30-goal scorers, which also tied the team record, set in 2000-01.
G Yutaka Fukufuji finished 15-3-0 in his last 18 decisions. He is 63-39-7 (.610) in his Condors career.
RW Mike Wirll (right) finished the season with a 10-game scoring streak (4g-10a), the second-longest on the team this season. D Jay Langager finished with a five-game streak (0g-6a).
C Bruce Graham had a seven-game streak snapped on Saturday. He recorded 6g-4a during the streak.
The Condors finished 5th in the ECHL and 1st in the National Conference with a 3.42 goals per game average.
Bakersfield finished 5th in the ECHL and 1st in the National Conference with a 20.5% mark on the power play this season. It shattered a 12-year old team record of 20.2%, set by the Bakersfield Fog in 1996-97.
D Chris Kaufman was placed on the 7-IR on Saturday, while F Ryan Gervais was put on the 3-IR Friday and G Dave McKee was put on the 30-IR on Thursday. LW Bobby Bolt remains on the 30-IR. All injured reserve spots reset for the playoff roster, which is due to the ECHL today.
CONDORS ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON POINT TOTALS:
# Pts Player Season League
1 107 Paul Willett 1999-00 WCHL
2 98 Paul Willett 2000-01 WCHL
3 88 Steve Dowhy 1998-99 WCHL
4 85 Paul Willett 2002-03 WCHL
5 84 Jamie Cooke 1999-00 WCHL
6 83 Dan Currie 1999-00 WCHL
7 81 Dave Bonk 2008-09 ECHL
8 80 Christian Skoryna 2002-03 WCHL
9 77 Mark Derlago 2008-09 ECHL
10 75 Jamie Cooke 2000-01 WCHL
75 Jason Firth 2001-02 WCHL
BRING ON THE PLAYOFFS!
The Condors will open the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs this weekend when they travel to Las Vegas for a two-game set at Orleans Area. Games 1 and 2 of the series will be this Friday and Saturday, with 7:30 p.m. start times.
Bakersfield will host Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) of the best-of-seven series on April 15, 17 and 18. The Pacific Division Semi-Finals are sponsored by KGET-TV 17, Goodwill Industries and Cal Water.
Game 3 on April 15 will feature White Hot White Out Playoff Rally Towel Giveaway for everyone in attendance. Fans are encouraged to wear white, and along with the white rally towels, bring a bit of a chill to the visiting Wranglers.
On Friday, April 17, the first 2,000 kids 12 and under will recieve a Condors mini-light up fan for Game 4 of the semi-finals. Game 5, if necessary, will be on Saturday, April 18, and everyone will get a White Out Rally Towel while supplies last!
Games 6 and 7, if necessary, will be back in Vegas on April 21 and 22, with 7:30 p.m. start times. Each round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs are best-of-seven.
Individual playoff game tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 7 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).
Average Attendance - 5,545 (5th)
C Dave Bonk - 82 points (5th)
C Dave Bonk - 51 assists (t-3rd)
C Dave Bonk - 31 goals (t-10th)
C Dave Bonk - 15 power play goals (5th)
LW Mark Derlago (right) - 77 points (6th)
LW Mark Derlago - 32 goals (9th)
LW Mark Derlago - 45 assists (t-8th)
RW Chad Painchaud - 64 points (t-17th)
F Matt Pope - 63 points (t-20th/t-7th rookies)
F Matt Pope - 13 power play goals (t-5th)
Condors Power Play - 20.5% (1st National Conference, 5th overall)
Condors offense - 3.42 goals per game (1st National Conference, 5th overall)
Points- C Dave Bonk (82)
Goals- LW Mark Derlago (32)
Assists- C Dave Bonk (51)
PIM- RW Liam Huculak (168)
Plus/Minus- LW Mark Derlago (+9)
GAA - G Yutaka Fukufuji (3.29)
Save Percentage - G Yutaka Fukufuji (.902)
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