Condors on wrong end of San Francisco slugfest, 6-5

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – An early third period power-play goal proved to be the difference as the Bakersfield Condors (1-1-0-0, 2pts) fell to the San Francisco Bulls by a 6-5 count on Saturday night at the Cow Palace. C Levi Nelson registered his second consecutive three-point game for Bakersfield in the loss.
San Francisco came out of the gates with sustained offensive pressure which led to a F Kevin Baker breakaway tally at the 4:17 mark to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. The Condors responded with two goals of their own as C Robby Dee knotted the game at 1-1 when he knocked in his own rebound past Bulls G Taylor Nelson, 8:51 into the period. Bakersfield then capitalized on the power play as D Olivier Malka ripped a slap shot over the blocker of Nelson to give the Condors a 2-1 lead at 10:59. The score remained that way into the first intermission with the Bulls having outshot the Condors, 10-5.
There were seven combined goals in the second period, four from San Francisco and three from Bakersfield. The Bulls gained a 3-2 advantage as LW Dean Oullet and F Matt Carter scored in the opening 3:40 of the period. Bakersfield edged back even at 3-3 with a F Zach Cohen power-play tally at 5:38 mark. San Francisco rattled off the next two goals to pull ahead 5-3 with markers from C Justin Bowers and RW Thomas Beauregard with the latter coming on a 5-on-3 power play. F David Toews would score shorthanded on that same power play as he intercepted a pass and walked in on a breakaway to make it 5-4 at 13:47. The Condors would tie the game before the break as C Levi Nelson snapped home a power-play goal to make it 5-5 after two periods. The Bulls outshot Bakersfield, 19-8.
The Bulls pulled in front for good, 50 seconds into the third period on the power play, as Sacha Guimond beat Condors G Scott Greenham to make it 6-5. Bakersfield received a five-minute major power play including two minutes worth of a two-man advantage, but could not convert. Bakersfield held the shot advantage, 8-5.
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Condors droppings: C Levi Nelson has recorded back-to-back three point games…F David Toews’ shorthanded goal was the second of the season for Bakersfield…The Condors placed LW Peter Boyd on reserve before the game and scratched D Francis Meilleur, and D Joe Rogalski… Three Stars: #1 Bowers (SF), #2 Guillmond (SF), #3 Baker (SF)… Shots on goal: BAK – 21, SF -34… Power plays: BAK – 3-5, SF – 2/4
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