Thirty-six nights after opening the American Hockey League season with a victory over San Diego, the music was once again blaring from inside the Condors locker room.
With all the success they had last year, the Bakersfield Condors entered this season hungry to take things to the next level.
Keith Gretzky sat in the stands and kept his eyes focused on the ice as coach Jay Woodcroft and staff sent Bakersfield Condors players through various drills as training camp got under way Monday morning at Mechanics Bank Arena.
Veteran sports writer Mike Griffith, who retired on June 30 after 42 years at The Bakersfield Californian, was selected as the recipient of this year’s James H. Ellery Award.
Don’t ask Condors coach Jay Woodcroft to give an evaluation on the Edmonton Oilers Development camp, which ended last week in Edmonton.
His ultimate goal is to become a head coach at the National Hockey League level and Jay Woodcroft believes the best path to reach that destination is to pick up where he left off this past season: as head coach of the Bakersfield Condors.
You may not be able to skate up the ice like defenseman Caleb Jones, or handle the puck like rookie AHL All-Star Cooper Marody, but you can have some of the equipment they used this past season for the Bakersfield Condors.
The ultimate goal — a Calder Cup Championship — remained elusive, but by any other standard the Bakersfield Condors met or exceeded all expectations in the just completed season.
When Josh Currie scored a dramatic goal 13 minutes into double overtime game at Rabobank Arena last Saturday night, hopes ran high that it would help propel the Condors to a Game 7 on Wednesday night on their home ice.
Throughout the season Condors coach Jay Woodcroft has touted the contributions of every player in the dressing room, from those who play heavy minutes in every game to those who rarely see game action.
When Josh Currie’s line hopped off the bench to take a face-off late in double overtime on Saturday night at Rabobank, there was a plan in play.
Condors coach Jay Woodcroft has said all season long that wins were worth about 10 or 15 minutes of celebration before resetting to the next task on hand.
Defenseman William Lagesson scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Bakersfield Condors to a 7-6 win over San Diego on Wednesday night in San Diego.
The opening game of the American Hockey League Pacific Division Finals on Friday night at Rabobank Arena turned into a marathon.
The Condors had just defeated the Colorado Eagles 5-2 on Tuesday night when a scrum developed along the boards just south of the Condors bench.
To a man, Jay Woodcroft and the Condors say they feel no pressure heading into the third game of the opening round American Hockey League playoff matchup against the Colorado Eagles on Tuesday night at Rabobank Area.
The Bakersfield Condors will start their quest for the Calder Cup on Friday at Colorado. The top-seeded Condors and the Pacific Division’s fourth-seeded Eagles will drop the puck for Game 1 of the best-of-five series at 6:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.
Reaching the playoffs for the first time in the team’s AHL history was the top goal for the Bakersfield Condors and first-year head coach Jay Woodcroft heading into the 2018-19 season.
The 2018-19 season had already been one filled with historic achievements and plenty of Bakersfield American Hockey League firsts.
Condors forward Josh Currie scored a hat trick — on three consecutive goals all in the second period — in his second game back from the NHL to lead Bakersfield (40-21-3-2) past Tucson (33-25-5-3), 4-3, at Rabobank Arena on Wednesday.
The Bakersfield Condors wrap up the 2018-19 regular season this week and also look to lock down first place in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings in the process.
The Bakersfield Condors third period rally was for naught as the host Manitoba Moose scored with less than four minutes left and skated away with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
The Bakersfield Condors fell to the Manitoba Moose, 3-1, on Tuesday to start a three-game road swing despite outshooting the Moose by 20. It was the Condors’ second straight loss and first consecutive losses for the team since Jan. 11.
The Ontario Reign scored twice in the shootout as they defeated the first-place Bakersfield Condors 5-4 in Ontario on Friday.
The Condors' lineup was short on manpower Saturday night. No matter, however. They still had more than enough ammunition to blow the Ontario Reign out of the water.