Utah Edges the Condors, 3-2
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors (19-37-4-3, 45pts) battled back against the Utah Grizzlies (29-30-0-5, 63pts), but fell 3-2 Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena.
Utah scored the first goal of the contest, just 8:36 into the period. D David Strathman beat Condors G Bryan Pitton with his fifth of the season. Utah G Andrew Engelage stopped all seven opening period shots by Bakersfield, while the Grizzlies managed 13 shots on goal.
Bakersfield surged in the second period, outshooting the Grizzlies 15-8 in the period and getting on the board. But not before F Ryan Watson extended the Utah lead at 7:50. F Robby Dee notched his 20th of the season at 15:21 to make it a one-goal game. The Condors led in shots 22-21 through two periods.
The Grizzlies tallied at 6:35 to make it a 3-1 lead in the third. LW C.J. Severyn took advantage of a Condors turnover and notched his fourth of the season to regain the multi-goal lead for the visitors. Less than two minutes later LW Kyle Calder lifted home a rebound for his ninth of the season at 8:26 to keep Bakersfield alive. But the equalizer eluded the Condors, and they fell 3-2.
F Robby Dee became the first Condors rookie since Matt Pope in 2008-09 to score 20 or more goals in a season... The loss snapped a four-game unbeaten home streak for the Condors... LW Kyle Calder took an interference penalty tonight, his first penalty in 18 games this season... Shots on goal: BAK- 34, UTA- 29... PP: BAK 0/2, UTA 0/3... Three Stars: 1. Severyn (UTA), 2. Calder (BAK), 3. Dee (BAK).
Skateboards and Hockey-Thon this weekend
The Condors host the Grizzlies again on Friday, and the first 2,000 fans 17 and under will get a Condors Skateboard Deck, sponsored by ABC23 and 106.1 KRAB Radio.
Saturday night against Las Vegas is the annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon, sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and KUZZ 107.9. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for the Condors Alumni Game, while the Condors and Wranglers face off at 7 p.m.
Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena box office by calling 1-800-745-3000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours on gamedays. For more information on ticket packages, exciting promotions, and to sign up for the Kids Club for just $10, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.
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