Condors use perfect shootout to topple the Thunder, 5-4

STOCKTON Calif. – Facing adversity in many forms throughout the evening, the Bakersfield Condors (6-12-1-2, 15pts) clawed their way to a 5-4 shootout victory over the rival Stockton Thunder (11-5-2-1, 25pts) on Saturday night at Stockton Arena. Bakersfield snapped a six-game winless streak and in the process sent the Thunder to their fourth straight loss.
The tone of the game was set from the opening faceoff as Condors F Liam Huculak and Thunder F Garet Hunt went toe-to-toe in an entertaining. punch-filled bout. Stockton would strike minutes later on the power play as F Phil Mangan scored from the right-wing circle for a 1-0 lead at the 2:59 mark. Bakersfield responded at 13:41 when C Robby Dee deflected a D Trevor Hendrikx shot past Thunder G Tyler Bunz on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. Bakersfield outshot the Thunder, 11-10.

Bakersfield wasted no time in the second period hopping on the Thuder and fired two past Bunz in the first 5:50 of the frame. First F Peter Boyd banged home a rebound at 5:04 on the power play for a 2-1 lead which was extended to 3-1 when F Alex Hudson scored off an odd-man rush just 46 seconds later. After a few late Condors penalties, the Thunder capitalized on the power play when Mangan scored his second of the night to make it 3-2 at 15:57 of the period. The Condors outshot Stockton, 12-8.

C Parker Stanfield extended the lead to 4-2 at 5:39 of the third period on the power play. However, the Thunder would respond with two goals, two minutes apart midway through the frame to tie the game at 4-4, forcing the game to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, the teams headed to a shootout. Boyd, Dee, and C Levi Nelson each scored as Greenham denied three Thunder attempts and the Condors took the extra point with a 5-4 victory.

Tonight’s box score: click here
Condors droppings:
Tonight was meeting number five of 11 between the two Central Valley rivals. The next five contests between the two will take place in Bakersfield…The Condors are now 5-2 in shootouts this season. G Scott Greenham is a perfect 4-0 in shootouts, making 16 saves on 17 shots…C Peter Boyd scored in a shootout for the fifth time in six attempts this season, which leads the ECHL… D Olivier Dame-Malka was injured in the first period and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures… The Condors scratched RW Tyler Brenner (inj.), F David Toews (inj.), F Brett Perlini (inj.) and F Nick Prockow (healthy)… Shots on goal: BAK – 35  , STK – 40 … Power plays: BAK- 3/4 , STK- 3/7 … Three Stars: #1 Dee (BAK), #2 Mangan (STK), #3 Riendeau (STK)
The Condors head to San Francisco for game two of a three-game road trip on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. Condors Countdown gets you going at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports  Radio 970,, iheartradio app, or

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