BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Colorado Eagles defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 3-1, as Kyle Jones stopped 41 of 42 shots to pick up his 16th win of the season. The victory gave the Eagles a weekend split of the series in Southern California.
Just like Friday night, one team controlled much of the play in the first period, but this time it was the Condors out-shooting the Eagles, 16-5. However, it was Colorado that once again got the game’s first goal when Alex Penner found Aaron Slattengren in the slot at 8:23. Despite the edge in shots, the Eagles’ defense was strong, killing two Bakersfield power plays in the period to help them take that 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Colorado doubled that lead less than two minutes into the second stanza when Riley Nelson picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated into the offensive zone & found Kevin Ulanski in the slot for a goal on the Eagles’ first shot of the period. The Condors cut that lead in half at 5:09 when Tyson Gimblett picked up his first goal of the season by beating Jones with a backhander from the slot on the only shot that would elude him all evening.
Jones, strong all game, was at his best in the third, highlighted by back-to-back saves on the doorstep against Casey Pierro-Zabotel & Chris Kushneriuk 11 minutes in. And as the Eagles clung to a one-goal advantage, Adam Chorneyko and Chad Costello teamed up for an insurance goal in the final minutes.
Chorneyko caused a turnover just outside the offensive zone along the left wing, skated into the left circle and sent a shot at Bryan Pitton. The goalie made the save, but Costello was able to put home the rebound as he crashed the low slot from the opposite side of the ice.
The Eagles’ next game will take place at 3:05 (MST) Monday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev.