The Colorado Eagles traveled to Bakersfield this week fresh off two impressive games against the #1 seed and with the series tied at 1-1. It's a short series and the first team to win three games moves on. Although the Eagles will have to finish this round on enemy ice, the way they skated against the Condors over the weekend at the Budweiser Events Center certainly had them confident heading into game three Tuesday night. Bakersfield must have been motivated to dispense of this pesky Eagle team and as quickly as possible because the Condors came out firing.
The Condors struck first at the 10:20 mark of the first period when defenseman Ryan Stanton knocked one in during a Condor powerplay. While that was the only score in the first period, there were some glaring numbers that put the Eagles at a huge disadvantage: shots on goal. The Condors had 17. The Eagles had 1. While Eagles goaltender Pavel Francouz was strong between the pipes to allow only one goal, it had to have been a bit exhausting because the tide really changed in the second period.
The Condors came out firing again in the second and the results were more in their favor. They scored at the 5:34 mark and again about 7 minutes later. Down 3-0, the Eagles finally got on the board with about 7:30 left in the period when Anton Lindholm got a feed from Mark Alt to make it 3-1. Then, three minutes later, the Condors struck again. And then added another with about 2 minutes left in the period. The score after two was 5-1 Condors. And again, the Condors out shot the Eagles 18-9.
The third period was quiet as far as scoring goes, although Sheldon Dries did gather in an errant puck and knocked it in with about 14 seconds left in the game. The final, 5-2 Condors.
It was a different night for the Condors and Eagles. It was a long night for Pavel Francouz who had 36 saves on the night compared to Condor goalie Shane Starrett who only had 18 shots to worry about and allowed two to get by. The Condors may have wanted to make a statement declaring themselves the best team in the Pacific and doing so their own barn. While it was impressive, it is only one game. We have three more days until game four. The Schedule:
Saturday 4/27: GAME FOUR - Colorado at Bakersfield. Pre-game @ 7:40p/Game start @ 8:00pm
*Saturday 4/28: GAME FIVE - Colorado at Bakersfield. Pre-game @ 5:40p/Game start @ 6:00pm
*They say "if necessary". I believe it will be.
As always, we will have full coverage of these two games and beyond. Tune in to hear the Eagles this Saturday and Sunday on 92.9 The Bear-Northern Colorado's Classic Rock.