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Sunday, Jan 19 2014 09:36 PM

Brossoit solid in net as Condors beat Reign

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Ryan Little and goalie Laurent Brossoit defend their goal against Ontario in their Jan. 20 game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Ontario's Everett Sheen hits the ice as the Condors' Gary Steffes also chases down the puck in their Jan. 20 game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Spencer Bennett takes control against Ontario Sunday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Chase Schaber and Ontario's Eric Springer hit the ice during their Sunday game in Bakersfield.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Chase Schaber celebrates his first period goal against Ontario Sunday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Andrew Carroll, center, and Matt Thurber, right, battle against Ontario's Everett Sheen to control the puck in their Sunday afternoon game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Wes Cunningham, left, and Nicholas Tremblay take control of the puck against Ontario Sunday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors fans dance during a Sunday afternoon game against Ontario.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors celebrate their third goal of the game against Ontario in the secind period Sunday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Condors Joey Leach, foreground, and goalie Laurent Brossoit keep the puck out of the goal against Ontario Sunday afternoon.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

The Condors converted on their limited scoring chances and Laurent Brossoit provided his usual stellar goaltending, stopping 31 shots, as the Condors beat Ontario 3-2 on Sunday at Rabobank Arena.

The Condors finished a busy week 3-0-0-1 and are 8-2-1-1 over their last 12. The team that started 1-10-1 is just one game under .500 at 16-17-1-2.

"When you're winning it's fun and when it's fun it addicting so everyone works that harder to make sure we keep winning," said Brossoit, who has played a major role in Bakersfield's resurgence.

Brossoit is 7-2-1 since being assigned to the Condors by Oklahoma City. He started the ECHL season with the Alaska Aces and overall is 9-2-1. He has the best goals-against average in the ECHL, 1.40 and the best save percentage, .943.

And he was tested Sunday as the Reign out shot the Condors 33-16.

"It's nerve wracking during the game, but there's no better feelings winning those tight games," he said. "Especially against a team like Ontario (which is) first in the league.

"Considering the start this team had at the start of this year every game is so valuable. To go one week and only miss out on one point is huge for our team right now."

The Condors struck quickly with captain Joel Broda rifling in his team-high 18 goal three minutes into the game.

Ontario tied the game on a Mario Lamourex goal at 14:35 but Bakersfield countered to go up 2-1 when Chase Schaber scored at 16:25.

Both Schaber and Broda have points in four straight.

Jordan Knackstedt got what turned out to be the game-winner 3:46 into the second, the third goal on Bakersfield's eighth shot.

"I liked our start tonight, we came out pretty good," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "We like to get that first goal, which we always want to do.

"I thought we had some energy early. Overall it wasn't our best 60 minutes but that's why you have a good goaltender when you're not as sharp as you may have been in previous games."

Ontario made it interesting when Jake Newton scored on an odd-man rush midway through the third. Brossoit made five more saves after that to preserve the win, including a stuff shot attempt at the buzzer.

"It's a lot more fun to come to the rink now as a coach," Mann said of the play over the past eight weeks. "I truly believe now going into every game we have an opportunity to win where early It didn't maybe have that feeling.

"To think about what our record is right now at the halfway point compared to five, six weeks in when we were 1-10-1, this team's come a long way. Kudus to the guys in the room. The changes we've made have been very helpful."

The Condors have the next three days off from all activity due to the all-star break, even though there is no all-star game this season.

Mann said the rest comes at a good time.

"We're going to get some much-needed rest here," he said "We've got some guys banged up - (Chris) Collins and (Ryan) Watson and (Michael) Neal. Hopefully we can get some healthy guys back."

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