STOCKTON, Calif. – In a game which featured nine goals scored combined in the second period, the Bakersfield Condors (5-16-3-0, 13pts) fell to the Stockton Thunder (12-8-1-2, 27pts) at Stockton Arena on Saturday night.
Stockton rattled off the first two goals of the game with F Jordan Fulton scoring at the 4:18 mark of the first period and F Matt Foy blasting a power-play goal past Condors G Bryan Pitton at 11:43 to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead. The Condors responded with a great tandem effort from F Peter Boyd and F Ian McKenzie which resulted in McKenzie scoring his second of the season off a rebounded Boyd shot at the 16:03 mark of the period. It was McKenzie’s second goal of the season and cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Shots were 16-15 in favor of Bakersfield.
Nine combined goals highlighted the second period. The Thunder increased their lead to 4-1 with goals from F Kevin Baker and F Garet Hunt just 19 seconds apart at the beginning of the second period. Bakersfield made it 4-2 when F Robby Dee scored shorthanded, 6:29 into the period. F Bretton Cameron and F Ian O’Connor responded with two more goals for Stockton to increase the Thunder lead to 6-2 at the 8:04 mark. The Condors pulled to within three when F Scott Freeman scored shorthanded at 10:23 to cut the lead to 6-3. Baker scored his second of the period two minutes later to make it 7-3 Stockton.
The Condors refused to go into the intermission quietly though as they scored twice. The first from Jesse Gimblett, his sixth of the season, on the power play at 13:16 and the second from Freeman at 16:37 to make the score 7-5 after two periods of play.
The Thunder scored quickly in the third period with Mike Little tallying at 1:56 of the period to make it 8-5 Stockton. Mathew Sisca pulled one back at 5:24 to cut the deficit to two at 8-6, but it would be as close as the Condors would get the rest of the night. Baker completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal and gave the Thunder the victory, 9-6. Tempers flared at the end of the game, leading to multiple fights and one extended line brawl involving four players for each side.
Condors Head Coach Matt O’Dette returned to Stockton for the first time during the regular season…F Ian McKenzie’s goal snapped a 16-game personal goal-scoring drought…G Bryan Pitton was pulled after allowing the sixth goal at the 8:24 mark of the second period…G Matt Keetley replaced him in net and took the loss, allowing 2 goals on 14 shots…The nine goals surrendered is the most by the Condors since allowing 11 on March 30, 1999…The 15 combined goals tied a Condors single-game record…F Parker Stanfield recorded his first professional fight in the third period…The Condors are now winless in their last 12 games (0-10-2)…Scratched for the game tonight were F Chris Kushneriuk (inj.), D Joe Loprieno (inj.), F Michael Gergen (inj.), and F Tyler Helfrich (healthy)…Final Shots: BAK – 34; STK – 39… Power plays: BAK-1/3; STK-3/7… Three stars: 1. Baker (STK), 2. Little (STK), 3. Sisca (BAK).
Road trip next; back home Dec. 21
The Condors continue their five-game road trip on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Stockton to complete this three-in-three weekend.
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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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