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ECHL playoffs: Bakersfield ends Utah Grizzlies’ season with 5-0 win


The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Apr 25 2014 10:48PM
Updated Apr 25, 2014 10:48PM

Bakersfield, Calif. • The Utah Grizzlies’ season ended Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

Bakersfield scored three goals in the second period and rolled to a 5-0 victory over Utah in Game 5 of a first-round ECHL playoff series.

The Condors, seeded sixth in the Western Conference, defeated the third-seeded Grizzlies in the best-of-seven series, 4-1.

After earning a split in the first two games at the Maverik Center, Bakersfield finished off Utah by winning three straight at home, including Games 3 and 4 in overtime.

It was only the third time all season — and the first time since December — the Grizzlies lost three straight games.

During the scoreless first period, Utah outshot Bakersfield 13-7 despite having to kill two power plays.

In the second period, the Condors took the first two-goal lead by either team in the entire series with a pair of early goals in a two-minute span.

At 2:12, Jordan Knackstedt put Bakersfield in front, 1-0. The goal came just over a minute after Utah’s Channing Boe was called for holding. It was the Condors’ first power conversion in 21 attempts during the series.

At 4:11, Chris Collins gave Bakersfield a 2-0 lead when he beat Grizzlies’ goaltender Igor Bobkov.

Finally, with 5:52 left in the period, the Condors’ Joel Broda scored another power play goal just 32 seconds after Utah was called for too many men on the ice.

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