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CONDORS: Top lines go toe-to-toe

"We can do a better job of limiting time and space, and spending more shifts in their end. We can accept that challenge and our top players can crank it up a little bit," said Condors coach Jay Woodcroft

by Paul Gazzola /

BAKERSFIELD, CA - In Game 1, it was the Condors' veteran line of Joe Gambardella, Brad Malone and Patrick Russell that prevailed over the Colorado Eagles.

Malone registered a goal and assist and Russell added a pair of helpers in the club's 3-2 victory, with the trio doing everything from checking to scoring.

In Game 2, it was a different story.

The Eagles were propelled to victory thanks in large part to Colorado's top offensive unit, which features Andrew Agozzino, who couldn't be stopped off the wing and netted a hat trick in the Eagles' 4-1 win to tie the series at 1-1.

Video: POST-RAW | Jay Woodcroft 04.20.19

The Condors were vocal of their opponent's offensive ability post-game on Saturday, noting that the outcomes in the series going forward will be influenced by the performance of each respective club's top line.

"We can accept that challenge and our top players can crank it up a little bit," said Bakersfield bench boss Jay Woodcroft after the loss in Game 2. 

"This is a tightly contested playoff series that we're in. There's not a lot of time, there's not a lot of space. We can do a better job of managing that defensively and offensively, I think we can do a little bit of a better job creating more."

Agozzino was the Eagles' leading point producer in the regular season and the Condors were shown why on Saturday. The forward is dangerous off the rush, capable of picking twine from either the left or right side.

Video: POST-RAW | Josh Currie 04.20.19

"He could have had four on us," said Condors forward Josh Currie, who typically serves as a winger on the Condors' other offensive unit, which features regular season rookie wonders Cooper Marody and Tyler Benson. 

"We know that he's their biggest threat. We didn't do a good enough job shutting him down, taking away his time and space or being hard on him. He obviously made us pay. 

"We're going to have to make some adjustments but for sure, we definitely need to be harder on their top line."

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