Stockton scored a shorthanded goal to open the scoring and never looked back in a 3-1 win over the Condors. Dino Kambeitz (1st) scored the team’s lone goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second, but Dustin Wolf won his playoff debut by stopping 27 of 28.
NEED A GOOD START
Bakersfield is 2-1 this postseason, but has not opened the scoring in any of the three games. The team has led for just 9:32 so far through the three games.
RETURNING FROM INJURY
Brendan Perlini, who missed 11 games, and Markus Niemelainen, who missed nine games, each returned to the lineup last night. Perlini tied a team high with five shots while Niemelainen was +1.
Brad Malone had an assist last night and now has 18 points (8g-10a) in 19 playoff games with Bakersfield.
Bakersfield’s penalty kill, which went 44/49 to close the season, has killed off eight of nine so far in the playoffs.
This is the third time in six playoff series in which the Condors have fallen behind 1-0. In 2019, the team dropped Game 1 to San Diego and fell in six games. Last year, after dropping Game 1 to the Gulls, the team rallied for back-to-back overtime wins to take the best-of-3 series.
DOWN THE HALL
The Heat held serve last night behind Wolf’s 27 saves. Stockton led the league in the regular season with 12 shorthanded goals and added to their overall total last night. Emilio Pettersen had a goal and assist.