Condors fall to Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (3-5-1-0, 7pts) could not overcome a strong offensive effort from the Stockton Thunder (5-1-1-0, 11pts) and fell 6-1 on Friday night at Stockton Arena. D Olivier Dame-Malka scored the lone goal for Bakersfield.
F Justin Maylan scored on the first shot of the game for the Thunder at 1:13 of the first period after he intercepted a G Scott Greenham clearing attempt and beat the Condors netminder to give Stockton a 1-0 lead. The Condors pressured late, but C Levi Nelson was denied twice on an odd-man rush by Thunder G Cody Reichard. Stockton outshot Bakersfield, 16-6.
The Thunder extended their lead to 2-0 when F Garet Hunt scored his first of the season at the 1:41 mark. Then a penalty-filled second period began resulting in 11 minor penalties over the next 12:17 of the frame. Despite the penalties, the Condors were able to cut into the lead when D Olivier Dame-Malka scored a five-on-three power play goal at 10:35 unassisted.  However, the Thunder would regain their two-goal lead a 3-1 when F Philippe Cornet potted one from in tight at the 18:45 mark. Bakersfield outshot Stockton by a 9-3 margin.
Stockton scored three times in the third period to cap the final at 6-1. Things got physical near the end with three fights involving Condors D Tyson Gimblett, D Justin Pender, and F Zach Cohen.
Tonight’s box score:  click here.
Condors droppings:
D Trevor Hendrikx played his first game as a Condor after being acquired off waivers… F Brett Perlini (21-IR), C Parker Stanfield, D Ryan Annesley, D Joe Rogalski and C Robby Dee were scratched tonight… Shots on goal: BAK – 20, STK – 33… Power plays: BAK – 1/6, STK – 2/9… Three Stars: #1 Maylan (STK), #2 Reichard (STK), #3 Rajala (STK).
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