Maxwell ties game in third, but Condors downed by Aces, 2-1

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bakersfield Condors (18-38-2-3, 41pts) found a third-period equalizing goal, but it was not enough as the Alaska Aces (42-12-2-4, 88pts) won their third straight, 2-1, on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.
Both teams were held off the scoreboard in the first period with the Condors best chance coming shorthanded off the stick of RW Scott Freeman late in the period. Condors G Brian Stewart was big in between the pipes, making 11 saves in the frame.
The ECHL’s active leading goal scorer, Aces F Nick Mazzolini, scored his 32nd of the season at 6:05 of the second period off a turnover to give Alaska a 1-0 advantage. It held up as the period’s lone goal with the Aces outshooting the Condors 18-7.
Bakersfield hit three posts on consecutive shifts early in the third period in their effort to tie the game. They would break through when C Tyler Maxwell stuffed home his own rebound at 6:41 knot the score at 1-1. However, the Aces found the eventual game-winner at 13:11 when F Garry Nunn rifled home a shot from the bottom of the left-wing circle after a great behind-the-back pass from Mazzolini. The Condors pressured late, but could not find the equalizer and fell 2-1.
Tonight’s box score: click here.

Condors droppings:
With San Francisco’s loss, the Condors remain eight points back of the final playoff spot… C Tyler Maxwell scored his third goal of the season… G Brian Stewart has made 73 saves on 76 shots over the last five periods of action… Condors scratches: F Nick Prockow, D Ryan Annesley, D Dale Warkentin… Shots on goal: BAK – 23  , AK – 45 … Power plays: BAK –  0/1 , AK – 0/3 … Three Stars: 1. Mazzolini (AK), 2. Nunn (AK), 3. Guggenberger (AK)

ZOOperstars and Bobbleheads
The Condors wrap up the road trip on Sunday afternoon in Anchorage. They return home for a two-game series next weekend against the Ontario Reign.

Friday, Mar. 8 they welcome the ZOOperstars, sponsored by 101.5 KGFM and Dignity Health. On Saturday, Mar. 9 the first 2,000 fans 12 and under will get a dual bobblehead of goaltending tandem Scott Greenham and Brian Stewart.

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