BOISE, Idaho – The Bakersfield Condors (24-22-2-1, 51pts) made a push to tie the game in the third, but eventually fell 5-3 to the Idaho Steelheads (25-17-3-7, 58pts) in front of 4,840 fans at Qwest Arena Saturday night.
For the second straight night the Condors jumped out to early lead. 5:14 into the period, RW Stephane Goulet stole a puck in the offensive zone and whipped a shot past G Tyler Beskorowany. Bakersfeild increased their lead to 2-0 on the power play just 1:33 later when C Joel Broda snapped a shot from the right circle. Beskorowany was pulled in favor of G Jase Weslosky following the goal. The Steelheads cut the lead in half at 13:04 when LW Adam Huxley slid a rebound past Tordjman, bringing the score to 2-1.
The Steelheads struck for three consecutive goals in the second period. RW Junior Lessard, D Dustin Friesen, and LW Evan Barlow all scored in succession to give the Steelheads a 4-2 lead. Bakersfield was able to add one of their own before the end of the period, as RW Pascal Morency deflected home a pass on the power play at 17:32 to bring the score to 4-3 at the end of the second period.
Despite outshooting the Steelheads 12-4 in the final frame, Idaho F Aki Seitsonen scored the lone goal of the period at 15:12 to secure a 5-3 victory for the Steelheads.
Notes: RW Erick Lizon served the seventh game of his nine-game league suspension tonight… F Bobby Robins dropped the gloves with Adam Huxley fro the second straight game… The Condors lost in regulation in Idaho for the first time this season, they are 3-1-1 in Boise this year… Power plays: BAK: 2/4, IDH: 1/4… Three Stars: 1. A. Huxley (IDH); 2. J. Lessard (IDH); 3. J. Weslosky (IDH).
The Condors return home on Tuesday, Feb. 15th to host the Victoria Salmon Kings at Rabobank Arena for High School/College ID Night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6 p.m. For more information visit www.bakersfieldcondors.com..
Individual Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Group outings are also available for 20 or more people. Lower level group tickets also include a free Condors hat! Call the Condors at 324-PUCK(7825) for more info.