STOCKTON, Calif. – Five different players scored for the Bakersfield Condors (6-16-3-0, 15pts) en route to a 5-2 victory over the Stockton Thunder (12-9-1-2, 27pts) at Stockton Arena Sunday evening.
The Condors killed off three Stockton power plays in the opening period and finished the opening twenty minutes scoreless. Bakersfield outshot the Thunder, 15-9. G Matt Keetley, off his relief appearance for the Condors last night, and Stockton G Olivier Roy were both perfect in the opening frame.
The teams combined for five goals in the middle stanza. Stockton F Jesse Fratkin finished an odd-man rush at 2:55 to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Condors F Parker Stanfield scored his first professional goal to tie the game at 1-1, 5:36 into the period, making a great individual move around the Stockton defense and then tucking a shot past Roy. Bakersfield took their first lead of the afternoon, 2-1, at 7:47 when F Ian McKenzie scored his second goal in as many games with a shot that went through traffic and past the glove hand of Roy. Stockton tied it at 2-2 on the power play at 8:38 with Fratkin’s second of the period. Bakersfield jumped back in front at 3-2 with LW Matt Marquardt scoring his ninth of the season at 12:30 of the period with assists to C Mathew Sisca and Stanfield.
In the third, Bakersfield continued their dominance of the shot totals in securing the triumph. They held a 12-4 advantage in the third period (42-19 in the game). C Robby Dee forced a turnover inside the Bakersfield blue line with just over two minutes left in the game, and pushed it ahead for a breakaway and lit the lamp to make it a 4-2 Bakersfield lead. RW Peter Boyd added an empty net tally to seal the deal for the Condors.
Dee scored a goal in all three games this weekend, tying the season high scoring streak for the Condors… Boyd has a point in four straight games (1g-3a)… Bakersfield hit the 40-shot plateau for the sixth time this season and surrendered a season-low 19 shots against… Scratched for the game tonight were F Hans Benson (susp.), F Chris Kushneriuk (inj.), F Michael Gergen (inj.), and Scott Freeman (inj.)… Final Shots: BAK – 42; STK – 19… Power plays: BAK-0/3; STK-1/6… Three stars: 1. Stanfield (BAK); 2. Fratkin (STK); 3. Marquardt (BAK).
Road trip next; back home Dec. 21
Bakersfield plays at Ontario on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and continues on to Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday, wrapping up their five-game, three-city road trip.
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They return to home ice on Wednesday, Dec. 21 against the Colorado Eagles for High School/College ID Night, sponsored by My45 and La Campesina 92.5.
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