Condors’ win streak reaches 17

Photo: Kate Dibildox

The Bakersfield Condors matched the second-longest winning streak in American Hockey League history on Monday night with a 3-1 decision over the Tucson Roadrunners at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

It was the Condors’ 17th consecutive victory, matching the streak put together by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05. That was the AHL record until the Norfolk Admirals won 28 games in a row to close out the 2011-12 regular season.

Joe Gambardella, Tyler Benson and Patrick Russell scored for Bakersfield, top development affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. William Lagesson recorded two assists.

Rookie Shane Starrett finished with 19 saves in Monday’s victory. Starrett is 14-0-0 during the Condors’ winning streak.

The Condors (33-15-2-1, 69 points) have opened up a five-point lead atop the AHL’s Pacific Division. They return to action on Friday night when they host the Iowa Wild.