Hot start, cool Greenham push Condors to win over rival Thunder 4-1

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. –The Bakersfield Condors (7-14-1-2, 17pts) scored three first period goals and were backstopped by 44 saves by G Scott Greenham as they knocked off  the Stockton Thunder (13-6-2-2, 30pts) Sunday evening at Rabobank Arena. The win is the second in a row for Bakersfield over Stockton and sends the Thunder to six losses in their last eight games.

Post-game interviews (O’Dette, Lyon)

The Condors came out of the gates strong, with three goals in the opening frame. D Francis Meilleur got the scoring going with a blast  from left point to make it 1-0 at 7:06. Fellow D Tyson Gimblett scored his first of the season at the 16:20 mark when his shot from the left-wing circle beat the far side of Thunder G Tyler Bunz to give the Condors a 2-0 advantage. Bakersfield grabbed a 3-0 lead when C Levi Nelson drove a hard shot from the top of the left-wing circle through Bunz at 17:15 on the power play. Stockton out-shot the Condors, 14-11. 

A scoreless second period was made possible through the heroics of Greenham who denied all 12 Stockton attempts in highlight reel fashion. Meanwhile the Thunder controlled the play with the help of four power plays in the period.

Stockton cut into the lead on the power play at 3:32 of the third period when F Matt Bergland tipped in a loose rebound, pulling Stockton within two at 3-1. However, it was as close as Stockton would get as Greenham went to work making 18 third period stops and F Jacob Lagace tacked on an empty-net goal for a 4-1 Condors win.
Tonight’s box score: click here 
Condors droppings:
LW Brett Lyon made his Condors debut tonight and recorded two assists for his first professional points… D Scott Enders picked up his first fighting major of the season with a second period bout against F Garet Hunt… The Condors have scored a power-play goal in four straight games… Bakersfield killed off 3:17 worth of three separate Stockton two-man advantage time… Before the start of the game the Condors met with 12-year old Nathan Garcia (below), who is battling terminal brain cancer, and is a huge Condors fan… Shots on goal: BAK – 18 , STK – 45 … Power plays: BAK- 1/3 , STK – 1/8… Three Stars: #1 Greenham (BAK) , #2 Meilleur (BAK) , #3 Lyon (BAK)
Banners and Volleyball Silver Medalists
The Condors host Idaho on Friday for 15th Anniversary Banner giveaway, for the first 3,000 fans 5 and older, sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News, Fox Sports Radio 970 and Three Way Chevrolet-Cadillac. 

On Saturday they host San Francisco and welcome U.S.A. Beach Volleyball Olympic Silver Medalists April Ross and Jen Kessy. They will hang out in the photo booth and also speak to fans prior to the game. All you need to receive an invite to the pre-game Q & A is book a group of 10 or more people. Call the Condors for more information. The night is sponsored by KLLY 95.3 and Coldstone Creamery.

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