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Tuesday, Feb 19 2013 11:04 PM

Verreault, Stewart lead Condors past Vegas for 4th straight win

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Francis Verreault scored two goals and Brian Stewart stopped 46 shots as the Bakersfield Condors beat the Las Vegas Wranglers 4-2 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

It was the fourth straight win for the Condors, their longest winning streak this season.

Stewart was named ECHL goaltender of the week earlier in the day and capped his 28th birthday off with his fourth straight win. He stopped 98 of 99 shots over the weekend to earn the ECHL honors and has now stopped 185 of 189 shots in his past four games -- a .979 save percentage.

The Condors (18-34-5) trail San Francisco by four points as they try to climb back into playoff contention. Bakersfield has 15 games left while the Bulls have 19.

Bakersfield opened up a 2-0 lead on first-period goals Francis Verreault at 12:04 and Trupp at 13:49.

The Wranglers tied the game with a pair of goals 39 seconds apart in the second but Verreault scored the game-winner 3:43 into the third period.

Tyler Maxwell added an empty net goal in the final minute.

The Condors will host Stockton on Thursday night at Rabobank Arena, tough getting back to Bakersfield could be an ordeal as highway 58 through Tehachapi was closed late Tuesday night due to snow.

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