BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Idaho Steelheads (4-7-1-1, 10pts) held off a furious rally by the Bakersfield Condors (5-7-1-0, 11pts) to take a 4-3 victory in front of 4,924 fans at Rabobank Arena Friday night.
The two teams skated to a scoreless draw in the opening frame. Bakersfield played a physical first period, with plenty of hits and a fight between Condors LW Jesse Gimblett and Idaho F Michael Neal. Bakersfield held Idaho to just two shots on goal.
Idaho put two past G Bryan Pitton in the first four minutes of the middle frame and eventually took a 3-0 lead. F Jacob Cepis, F Aaron Lewadniuk and F David Fredriksson all lit the lamp for the visitors. Bakersfield notched their first of the game from C Thomas Frazee to make it 3-1 with his first professional goal, but Idaho quickly answered to regain the three-goal lead before the end of the frame.
In the third, Condors LW Matt Marquardt cut into the Steelheads lead by lighting the lamp twice in the span of less than four minutes. His first, a redirection at 11:04, made it 4-2. At 14:39 the alternate captain blasted home his sixth of the season on the power play to make it a one-goal game. But the equalizer eluded the Condors, who outshot Idaho 41-27 on the night.
RW Scott Freeman and D Alain Goulet both left the game injured and did not return… G Matt Keetley replaced Pitton at the start of the third frame, and stopped all 10 shots he faced… C Thomas Frazee is the 6th Condor this season to record his first pro goal… Before tonight’s game the Condors traded D Matt Campanale to the Elmira Jackals for future considerations… Final Shots: BAK – 41; IDH – 27… Power plays: BAK – 1/4; IDH 2/4… Three Stars: 1. Mouillierat (IDH) 2. Marquardt (BAK) 3. Pierro-Zabotel (BAK).
On Saturday, the Condors wrap up their three-game series against the Steelheads at 7 p.m. The team will auction off their 9/11 tribute-Navy SEAL Team 6 jerseys they have been wearing all weekend, to benefit the Wounded Heroes Fund. Five of the jerseys will be given away at the game as well. The night is sponsored by ABC23, 107.9 KUZZ and American Business Machines.
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