BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time in nearly seven seasons, the Burgdoerfer twins were playing hockey together as teammates.
Defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer, finishing his third full season of play for the Condors, was reunited with his twin brother, Greg, for Sunday's game against the San Francisco Bulls.
Neither Burgdoerfer got on the scoresheet, but they did get to celebrate a victory together as the Condors beat the Bulls 2-1 before 4,209 at Rabobank Arena.
"It was a lot of fun to get out there," Greg Burgdoerfer said of playing his first pro game with his brother.
"It's a dream come true. As a kid you grow up and want to pay pro hockey. Not only you get to do it with your brother and best friend. It was awesome.
"If there's any team I'd want to play for it's the one with him. It all worked out. I came in last night. On the ice today for a win."
The Condors signed Greg Burgdoerfer, a forward, on Sunday as he has just finished his collegiate career at at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.), where Erik Burgdoefer also played.
But the two have not been teammates since the 2005-06 season when they played for the New York Apple Core, a junior college developmental team based in Long Beach, N.Y.
Erik Burgdoerfer went right to RPI after that season. Greg Burgdoerfer started his collegiate play at Air Force in 2008-09 before transferring to RPI the following season, Erik Burgdoerfer's senior season.
But Greg Burgdoerfer had to redshirt that season and while the brothers practiced together, they did not get on the ice together in games.
"Everyone has their own route, their own development," Greg Burgdoefer said of the difference in time before going to college. "It took me a little longer but it looks like we ended up in the same place here."
Greg Burgdoerfer is one of five new players this weekend and Condors coach Matt O'Dette said all have played well since joining the team.
"They're here to impress and they're going to work their butts off," he said. "I can't say enough about all of them. I think each one has played great for us.
"Greg Burgdoerfer had an impact immediately just by playing the right way and making smart plays.
"He created (Bakersfield's first goal) by hammering that guy on the wall. He was great tonight. This is what we need."
That first goal was scored by Nicholas Tremblay off a feed from Francis Verreault 6:48 into the second period.
The Condors took a 2-0 lead three minutes later when defenseman Kyle Haines scored on a shot form the left point.
San Francisco cut the lead in half on a Nick Czinder goal at 13:31 of the second.
Music blared from Bakersfield's dressing room after the game and O'Dette said that was a good thing.
"We're playing for pride right now," he said. "It's fun to win hockey games. We want to have some fun in these last few games. It was a good, hard-fought victory."
The Condor have two games left this season -- Friday night in Las Vegas and Saturday night at home against the Bulls.
Fans were able to skate with the Condors following the game, which may have served as a meet-and-greet.
Five of the Condors just joined the team this weekend and only three Condor skaters in Sunday night's lineup were in the starting lineup for the first game of the season in San Francisco on Oct. 12.
Eleven former Condors took to the Rabobank Ice in a 3 p.m. 3-on-3 game as the 24-hour ninth annual Hockey-Thon came to a conclusion. The event has raised more than $300,000 for Links to Life, a breast cancer resource center.
Forward Jacob Legace was called up to the Rochester (N.Y.) Americans of American Hockey League and played in their game at San Antonio on Sunday. Legace did not have any points.