Despite a heavy shot advantage in the first for the Condors, it was the Eagles picking up the first goal of the game. F Aaron Slattengren notched his sixth of the season on just the second shot of the game to start the scoring. Bakersfield fired 16 shots at G Kyle Jones but he was equal to the task.
Early in the second the Eagles bested G Bryan Pitton again, with F Kevin Ulanski scoring just 1:57 into the frame to extend the lead. Bakersfield answered quickly, however, with D Tyson Gimblett picking up his first professional tally, firing a backhander home at 5:09. The Condors escaped the frame down by a goal.
The Eagles and Condors continued to battle in the third, while the shots piled up on both sides. The goaltenders held the game close until a turnover just outside the Bakersfield blueline led to a quick rush for the Eagles, and a goal by the ECHL’s leading scorer F Chad Costello with just over two minutes left in regulation. It’s all Jones needed, as the visitor’s earned a split in the weekend series.
Road Trip this week for the Condors
The Condors head out on the road for three games this week – at Ontario (1 p.m.) on Monday and at Utah on Thursday and Friday (both 6:05 p.m.). They return for a six game home stand at the tail end of January through early February.They host the Alaska Aces on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and host the Ontario Reign on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28. Friday’s game is Toothbrush Giveaway, sponsored by Hot Hits 93.1 and Saturday’s game features the ZOOperstars, sponsored by ABC23, 101.5 KGFM, and Mercy & Memorial Hospitals.
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