BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Jimmy Martin scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, as the Bakersfield Condors (5-6-1-0, 11pts) defeated the Idaho Steelheads (3-7-1-1, 8pts), 4-3 in front of 3,443 at Rabobank Arena Thursday night.
The Steelheads scored twice in the first seven minutes of the game to take the early lead. F Chad Nehring sent a wrister past G Bryan Pitton at 3:10, then F Kael Mouillierat punched home a rebound on the power play at 6:39. The period ended 2-0, and though the Condors led in shots 15-11 they were unable to get the puck past Idaho G Jerry Kuhn.
Idaho extended the lead just 27 seconds into the middle frame on F Aaron Lewadniuk’s one-timer. After that, however, it was all Condors. C Mathew Sisca chipped in his fifth of the season just 42 seconds later. The Condors outshot the Steelheads 19-5 in the period and closed the deficit to just one when D Jimmy Martin snapped home his first of the season at 19:06 to make it 3-2.
It took nearly the entire third period but the Condors finally completed the comeback. While shorthanded, D Alain Goulet joined the rush and wristed home his second of the season with just 45 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, Martin took a shot that missed the net, but he picked up the rebound off the end boards and knocked it in for the game winner.
D Jimmy Martin scored his first pro goal in the second period… RW Scott Freeman is now tied for the league lead in scoring with 17 points. He has at least a point in 11 of the team’s 12 games… D Dan Lawson made his pro debut after starting the season on injured reserve… Tonight’s 53 shots were the highest shot total for Bakersfield on the season, and their highest since Feb. 19 last season… three of the Condors four goals were scored by d-men… Final Shots: BAK – 53; IDH – 25… Power plays: BAK – 0/3; IDH 1/3… Three Stars: 1. Martin (BAK) 2. Goulet (BAK) 3. Kuhn (IDH)
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