With eight wins in their last nine games, the Bakersfield Condors have moved to within four points of first place in the Pacific Division with an overall record of 16-14-1 for 33 points.
Goaltender Josh Tordjman has helped the Condors’ resurgence with seven wins in his last eight appearances. The ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the weeks ending Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, Tordjman has allowed one goal or less in five of his last seven starts. He is third in the league with 726 saves, tied for fourth with a .921 save percentage and is fifth with 12 wins.
Last week, the Condors went 2-1-0 on their three-game road trip to Utah and Idaho. After opening the week with a 4-1 loss at Utah on Wednesday, Bakersfield rebounded with a 2-1 shootout win at Idaho on Friday. Andrew Ianiero scored the Condors lone goal in regulation while Tordjman stopped 31 shots, then turned aside four of five Steelheads’ shooters in the shootout.
On Saturday, Bakersfield rang in the new year with a 3-1 win over Idaho. Brad Snetsinger scored his first goal with the Condors since being acquired in a trade on Dec. 21, while Tordjman once again was strong in net, finishing with 24 saves.
Snetsinger has five points (1g-4a) in five games since joining the Condors and has 28 points (11g-17a) in 31 games combined with Utah and Bakersfield this season. Stephane Goulet leads the squad with 12 goals and defenseman Evan Stoflet paces the team with a +10.
Bakersfield concludes its four-game road trip on Wednesday at Ontario before returning home to host Idaho on Friday and Saturday.
The Condors will host the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday, Jan. 26. This year’s format features the Condors taking on a team of ECHL All-Stars.