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Laurikainen stops 37 as Condors get preseason win, 3-1

Bakersfield Condors Press Release:
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors scored three third period goals and G Eetu Laurikainen made 37 saves in a 3-1 preseason victory over the Stockton Heat on Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.
POST-GAME INTERVIEWS: Eetu Laurkainen | Gerry Fleming


  • HEAT GOAL: LW Brett Pollock on the power play off a rebound. Assists: Morrisson, Smith; Time of goal: 4:58; Stockton leads, 1-0
  • SHOTS: BAK 8 | STK 9


  • No scoring
  • SHOTS: BAK – 7 | STK – 16


  • CONDORS GOAL: C Jujhar Khaira snapped a shot from the left-wing circle past the glove of G Mason McDonald shorthanded. Unassisted; Game tied, 1-1
  • CONDORS GOAL: LW Joey Benik on the power play blasted a shot from the top of the right-wing circle. Assists: Simonelli, Khaira; BAKERSFIELD LEADS, 2-1
  • CONDORS GOAL: C Josh Currie potted an empty-net tally from center ice. Unassisted; Time of goal: 19:01; BAKERSFIELD LEADS, 3-1
  • SHOTS: BAK – 7 | STK – 13


  • THREE STARS: 1) Benik (BAK) 2. Laurikainen (BAK) 3. Khaira (BAK)
  • SHOTS: BAK – 22  | STK – 38
  • POWER PLAYS: BAK – 1/7 | STK – 1/5
  • GOALTENDERS: Laurikainen (BAK) – W 38/37 | McDonald (STK) – L L 22/21
  • RW Joel Rechlicz fought D Keegan Kanzig at 5:46 of the third period
  • C Jujhar Khaira finished with 1g-1a
  • The Condors travel to San Jose on Sunday at 6 p.m. Follow the action on the team’s Twitter page @Condors

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Stockton Heat Press Release:

Bakersfield, Calif. – Despite a solid effort from rookie goaltender Mason McDonald and Brett Pollock’s first goal of this preseason, the Stockton Heat fell to the Bakersfield Condors in their final preseason tune-up 3-1 Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. McDonald got the nod in net and went the distance, stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced. However, a pair of special teams tallies led Bakersfield to the win and sent the Heat back to Stockton with an even .500 record at the conclusion of the preseason. The Stockton Heat will open their regular season this Saturday, October 15 when the San Jose Barracuda come to Stockton Arena for the Heat’s Opening Night. 

1st Period
HEAT GOAL: F Brett Pollock (1) shot from the high slot make its way through traffic and beats the goaltender (Morrison, Smith assists), 4:58 (PP)

Shots: STK – 9 | BAK – 8

2nd Period
No goals

Shots: STK – 16 | BAK – 7

3rd Period
Bakersfield goal: F Jujhar Khaira (1) turnover leads to a quick break and a shot that beats the goaltender on the glove side (unassisted), 4:12 (SH)

Bakersfield goal: F Joey Benik (1) point shot off the draw gets through traffic and beats the goaltender (Simonelli, Russell assists), 9:00 (PP)

Bakersfield goal: F Josh Currie (1) shot on a rush goes into the empty net (unassisted), 19:01 (EN)

Shots: STK – 13 | BAK – 7

W: Eetu Laurikainen (38 shots, 37 saves)
L: Mason McDonald (21 shots, 19 saves)

Three Stars: 1- Joey Benik (1 goal) 2- Eetu Laurikainen (37 saves) 3- Jujhar Khaira (1 goal)
Final Shots: STK – 38 | BAK – 22
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | BAK – 1/7

Brett Pollock (1 goal) scored his first preseason goal and his first power-play goal

Mason McDonald stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced in his first AHL start


“I think it’s good to back into the rhythm, but you want those wins for sure. I think now we just need to focus on the season starting Saturday and I think we’ve got a good group of guys here heading into the season.” – Emile Poirier on his views of the preseason and looking forward to the regular season opener.

“I’m just trying to focus on my game and play well on both sides of the ice. I know I’m one of the older guys on this team now, so I want to take on more of a leadership role and help some of the younger guys along like some of the older guys have done for me.” – Poirier on taking on a larger role this year with the Heat.

“I thought we did some good things in the offensive zone. We just didn’t have a lot of finish tonight. You look up and you see 38 shots with just one goal – we’ve got to find a way to score some more in that situation.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska with his thoughts on the offensive game tonight.

“[Fan Fest] is what it’s all about. We have a great core group of fans that support us. Whether it’s a week night or a weekend, they’re always there. This gives them an opportunity to meet some of our new players and obviously gives them a chance to ask some questions to our coaching staff. We’re excited to see everyone out and get to chat with the fans.” – Coach Huska on looking forward to Sunday’s Fan Fest at Stockton Arena.

STOCKTON HEAT vs. San Jose Barracuda

October 15 @ Stockton Arena

First 1,500 fans receive a Magnetic Schedule

Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.


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