Condors

Ty Rattie (39) celebrates his 11th goal of the season on Wednesday night against San Antonio. Rattie leads the Condors with 22 points and on Thursday was named to represent Bakersfield in the All Star Classic on Jan. 28-29. 

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It took nine tries and 20 games over the span of 54 days, but the Condors are finally back to .500.

Now the mission is to keep going.

The Condors have won two straight and will be looking for their first three-game winning steak of the season on Friday night in Cedar Park, Texas against the Texas Stars.

Goaltender Eddie Pasquale has stopped 70 of 71 shots in the last two wins as the Condors beat Stockton 3-1 and San Antonio 4-0.

“That’s a big part of any teams’ success,” head coach Gerry Fleming said by phone from Texas on Thursday. “But if you dig deeper, our PK was seven-for-seven on Wednesday and we scored a power-play goal.

“We’re starting to generate a little more offense since we’re getting consistent in our lines. Our young D are starting to evolve into the players the organization thought they would be.

“The morale, the energy, the enthusiasm has been there since Day 1. It’s a long season and we’re not halfway yet.”

Despite the struggle to get to .500, the Condors have been playing fairly well recently as they have gone 3-1-2 in their last six games, getting eight of 12 possible points.

“We’ve had moments with brain cramps, but our overall team play has been better,” Fleming said. “We can’t get too excited because we’re .500, but we can’t get low when things don’t go our way.

“This is a very good hockey league. Every team is a good hockey team. There’s not a team you can look at and say ‘we should win this game.’ Any team on any night is capable of winning. The kids play hard, the older guys play hard because they all want to get to the NHL.”

Notes

Ty Rattie, 24, will represent the Condors in the AHL All-Star Classic Jan. 28-29 in Utica, N.Y. Rattie leads the Condors in goals (11) and points (22) in 31 games. It will be Rattie’s second appearance in the All-Star Classic, having represented Chicago (AHL) in 2015.

The Condors got points from 13 different players in their last two wins. Iiro Pakarinen, who had goals in his first three games for the Condors, has goals in two straight games as does defenseman Ryan Mantha.

Veteran defenseman Eric Gryba played his first game for the Condors on Wednesday after being assigned to the team by Edmonton. It was his first game action in a month and his first AHL game since the 2012-13 season.

Mike Griffith can be reached at 661 395-7390. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeGriffith54. 

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