Stockton holds off the Condors, 4-2

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (7-21-1-2, 17pts) scored the first goal of the night and the last goal of the night, but in between, the Stockton Thunder (16-9-3-3, 38pts) scored four straight to take the 4-2 win Thursday night at Rabobank Arena.

Highlights from the game

With just over five minutes remaining in the opening stanza the Condors drew first blood. F David Toews banged in a rebound off a shot from F Liam Huculak to make it 1-0. However, within 60 seconds, Bakersfield took two penalties to provide the Thunder with a 5-on-3 power play. Stockton promptly converted on both to turn a 1-0 Bakersfield lead into a 2-1 Thunder advantage.

In an evenly-matched second period Stockton scored the only goal. D Teigan Zahn punched in his third of the season at 7:51 to make it 3-1 Stockton. Shots were 10-10 in the period.

Stockton added some insurance early in the third, with C Phil Mangan’s goal just 1:50 in. Bakersfield kept fighting, though, and pulled back within two at 8:09, with C Levi Nelson netting his team-leading ninth of the campaign. The Condors had a pair of late power plays to close the gap, but could not convert, falling 4-2.

Tonight’s box score: click here


Condors droppings:
D Olivier Dame-Malka returned to the lineup for the first time since sustaining an injury in Stockton on Dec. 1… Toews scored his first goal since Oct. 13… Condors scratches: F Parker Stanfield, F Alex Hudson, D Ryan Annesley (inj.), F Brett Perlini (inj.), D Trevor Hendrikx (inj.)… Shots on goal: BAK – 31, STK – 38… Power plays: BAK- 0/5, STK- 2/4… Three Stars: #1 Berglund (STK), #2 Toews (BAK), #3 Bunz (STK).
Voodoo Dolls, Jake Varner Night and Kids in Free on the home stand

The Condors host Stockton Friday, Dec. 28 for Voodoo Doll Giveaway, sponsored by My 45 and 97.3 JACK FM. The first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a voodoo doll, so the fans can help inflict some pain on the Condors opposition.

Saturday, Dec. 29 against Idaho is Jake Varner Night, where the team will honor the Condorstown Gold Medalist and also don special jerseys in a Jersey Off Our Backs Raffle and Auction, sponsored by 92.1 Max FM, American Business Machines and TERRIO Physical Therapy. Varner will hang out in the Condors Photo Booth and sign autographs through the end of the first period.

The home stand wraps up with Kids In Free Night on Wednesday, Jan. 2, sponsored by by My 45 and 101.5 KGFM. The purchase of even one adult lower level ticket will get all kids in your party into the game for FREE! The offer is valid only on the day of the game. Call 324-PUCK (7825) for more information.

Fun 4-Packs Make Great Gifts for the New Year!!
Fun 4-packs are on sale now and a perfect gift for the person in your life who likes to have a blast! Check out the plan to fit your needs by clicking here or calling 324-PUCK (7825).

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