BOISE, Idaho – The Bakersfield Condors (18-36-4-3, 43pts) received a 40 save performance from goaltender Bryan Pitton, but the Idaho Steelheads (25-29-2-5, 57pts) stole the extra point in a shootout with a 2-1 victory on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Playing in his first period of hockey in over a month, it didn’t take long for LW Jesse Gimblett to give the Condors a 1-0 lead. At 5:01 of the first period, Gimblett collected a rebound at the top of the crease, shifted from forehand to backhand and beat Idaho G Jerry Kuhn. The Condors went on to double up the Steelheads in the shot department, 18-9.
After the Condors had difficulties in their own end clearing the puck, F Aaron Lewicki slid a pass from behind the net that was rifled by Condors G Bryan Pitton by F Patrick Kennedy at 14:09 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It was the lone goal of the period as Idaho outshot Bakersfield, 14-9.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as the game progressed to overtime.
In overtime, the Condors had a brief four-on-three power play, but could not convert as the teams headed to a shootout. In the shootout, Idaho scored twice while the Condors only tallied once with LW Peter Boyd beating Kuhn as the Steelheads took the extra point in a 2-1 win.
Jesse Gimblett played in his first game since February 4th..Bakersfield is now 1-3 in shootouts this season…G Bryan Pitton appeared in a shootout for the first time this season and stopped two of four shots…Peter Boyd’s shootout goal was in his first attempt of the season…Boise State University sophomore Will Gagnon served as the Condors emergency backup goaltender…Shots on goal: BAK- 42, IDH- 41… PP: BAK 0/1, IDH: 0/3… Three Stars: 1. Kuhn (IDH), 2. Pitton (BAK), 3. Kennedy (IDH).
Road Trip Concludes Tomorrow
The Condors conclude their series with the Idaho Steelheads tomorrow at 6:10 p.m. The broadcast starts with Condors Countdown, at 5:50 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, iheartradio, and www.americaone.com.
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