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.
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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.
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