Winning 3-2 in a shootout at Long Beach on Friday and 4-3 in overtime at Victoria on Sunday, Bakersfield extended its winning streak to three games and improve to 13-1-2, the best start in team history. The Condors remain atop the ECHL with a winning percentage of .875 and have moved into a tie with Atlantic City, which has gone 10-1-1 in its last 12 games, for most points (28) and wins (13).
Bakersfield is in first place in the West Division of the National Conference, five points ahead of Idaho (11-7-1) and Alaska (11-8-1) Going 1-1-0 last week, Atlantic City is 13-5-2 and in first place in the North Division of the National Conference, five points ahead of Trenton (10-3-3) and six points ahead of Wheeling (11-8-0).
In its inaugural ECHL season in 2003-04, Bakersfield did not reach 28 points until January 16 and did not win its 13th game until January 27, finishing with 59 points and a 25-38-9 record. Bakersfield will remain in Victoria for games on Tuesday and Wednesday and visits Fresno on Friday before returning home to host Greenville on Saturday. Bakersfield has won its last two road games to improve to 4-1-1 on the road, and it has won four consecutive home games for a 9-0-1 record at Bakersfield Centennial Garden. The Condors opened the season winning a team record six consecutive games. Following a 4-3 shootout loss to Toledo on November 12, Bakersfield won three games in a row and was 9-0-1 after its first 10 games.
Yutaka Fukufuji has started the last six games and appeared in nine of Bakersfield’s last 10 games, going 6-1-2, including two overtime wins and two shootout wins, with a goals-against average of 2.51 and a save percentage of .918. Kevin St. Jacques leads the Condors over the last 10 games with two game-winning goals, eight assists and 11 points. St. Jacques leads the team with 13 assists and his 16 points ties him for the team scoring lead with Lars-Peder Nagel (5g-11a), who has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 10 games. Brad Mehalko has a team-high six goals in the last 10 games and leads Bakersfield with eight goals.