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Condors’ Ellis earns weekly honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Bakersfield Condors goaltender Nick Ellis has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 22, 2017.

Ellis made two starts last week and stopped 67 of 68 shots to lead the Condors to back-to-back road victories against one of their Pacific Division rivals.

With the Condors heading to Ontario for a two-game set, Ellis helped spoil the Reign’s home opener on Friday with a 32-save performance, backstopping Bakersfield to a 2-0 victory. Then on Saturday, Ellis turned aside 35 of 36 Ontario shots, allowing only an extra-attacker goal with 1:55 remaining in regulation as the Condors finished the weekend sweep with a 3-1 win.

A second-year pro out of Providence College, Ellis is 2-1-0 in three appearances so far in 2017-18, posting a 1.35 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage. The 23-year-old native of Millersville, Md., played 34 games for the Condors as a rookie last season, going 16-12-2 with a 2.69 GAA and a .918 save percentage with one shutout. Ellis signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers on Apr. 7, 2016.

In recognition of his achievement, Ellis will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Condors home game.