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CONDORS: Gambardella ties a Condors franchise record

Forward ties franchise point-streak record; receives high praise from Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft.

by Tony Brar /

BAKERSFIELD, CA - History is being made in Condorstown.

Not only did Bakersfield record a franchise-tying 11th straight victory on Friday night but Joe Gambardella also made his way to the team's record books.

With a goal in the second period, the forward extended his point streak to nine games, tying Rob Klinkhammer's 2017 mark for the franchise lead.

Gambardella has recorded 10 goals and five assists during the streak.

"This guy is a special individual," said Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft. "He embodies everything it means to be a Bakersfield Condor. I can't say enough about this guy. He's our work ethic catalyst. He leads us with his energy, effort, enthusiasm and professionalism.

"He finds a way to be effective every single night. He's hard on pucks, he's got a great stick on the forecheck and gets involved by going to hard areas around the opposition's blue paint."

With 36 points (22G, 14A in 38 games) this season, Gambardella is tied for first in team scoring alongside Tyler Benson. When asked about his point streak following Friday's 3-1 victory, the Staten Island, NY native was quick to attribute his linemates Ryan Spooner and Patrick Russell.

"Individual success does not come without team success," said Gambardella post-game. "I have to give a lot of credit to my linemates, it's been a privilege to play with them.

"I tip my hats off to them."

Before this historic individual run came the realization of a lifelong dream for the forward. On Dec. 30, 2018, Gambardella got the call he's been waiting for his entire life.

"The best story about him was when he got called up to the NHL," said Woodcroft. "The look of elation on his teammates' faces was unbelievable.

"Everyone in this organization was very happy for him to see him realize his boyhood dream of playing in the NHL."

Gambardella suited up in four games with the Edmonton Oilers this season.

He looks to extend his point streak on Saturday when the Condors host the San Diego Gulls. 

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