Condors move to within six points of playoff spot
Buoyed by a three-game winning streak, the Bakersfield Condors have climbed to within six points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 39 points on the season.
The Condors swept a two-game series at home against Colorado over the weekend. Bakersfield opened the weekend with a 4-1 win on Friday. Goaltender Brian Stewart keyed the victory, making an ECHL season-high 52 saves. Scott Freeman led the way offensively with three points (1g-2a), while Jake Morley (2a), Nicholas Tremblay (1g-1a) and Evan Trupp (1g-1a) each had two points.
Stewart was the story once again on Saturday, stopping all 46 Colorado shots he faced to record his third career ECHL shutout. Morley notched the only goal the Condors needed, scoring 6:15 into the second period. Bakersfield’s penalty kill capped a perfect weekend, killing all seven Colorado power-play opportunities, and keeping the league’s number one power-play unit off the board on 10 chances over the two-game series.
Stewart has been in goal for each of the Condors’ three wins during their winning streak, making at least 40 saves in each game and stopping 138 of 141 shots (.979 save percentage) in the process.
Fellow goaltender Scott Greenham is second among rookies, and fifth among all goaltenders, with 940 saves, and he has stopped 25 of 26 shootout attempts to rank second in the league with a .962 shootout save percentage.
Francis Verreault has been a key acquisition for Bakersfield, tallying 21 points (7g-14a) in 21 games with the Condors after being picked up in a trade with Greenville.
This week, the Condors visit Las Vegas on Tuesday and host Stockton on Thursday and Ontario on Saturday.