Bakersfield scored the first two goals of the game as the Southern California duo of C Alex Hudson and C Parker Stanfield scored at 7:16 and 12:23 of the first period respectively. Stockton F Max Campbell cut the two-goal lead to one at 2-1 when he scored shorthanded at 16:59. The score stayed that way as the Thunder outshot the Condors, 8-7.
The Condors came out on fire in the second period and scored two quick goals to extend the lead to 4-1. First, 2:41 into the period, RW Tyler Helfrich scored his 17th of the season on a rebound to make it 3-1. C Robby Dee scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the year 43 seconds later on a breakaway to give the Condors a 4-1 lead. The goal was the end of the night for Stockton G Olivier Roy who was pulled for Shane Madolora. Then, Menlo Park native F Hans Benson completed the California hat trick with another breakaway goal at 11:44 which gave Bakersfield their largest lead of the night at 5-1. Stockton would make the intermission score line 5-3 with goals from F Garet Hunt and the second of the night from Campbell. Bakersfield was outshot, 19-8.
LW Jesse Gimblett tipped a LW Kyle Calder shot past Madolora on the power play to give the Condors a 6-3 at 4:21 of the third period. The Thunder went on to score twice in the final 55 seconds, but the Condors held on for the 6-5 win.
F Evan Trupp is on a five-game point streak (2g-4a)…Bakersfield is now 3-1-0 in Stockton this season and 5-5-0-2 this season against their Central Valley rivals…G Scott Greenham was won his first two professional starts, making 36 saves each time…LW Tyler Helfrich’s goal broke a slump in which he had one goal in his last 10 games…Shots on goal: BAK- 25, STK- 41… PP: BAK 1/3, STK 0/4… Three Stars (from Ryan Holt): 1. J. Gimblett(BAK), 2. Campbell (STK), 3. Hudson (BAK).
Last Road Game and It’s Home for Three to Finish
The Condors play their final road game on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m from Stockton. Tune in live for the broadcasts on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM.
Next Wednesday the team opens up a three-game home stand to finish the season, hosting the Alaska Aces for Blood Drive Night, sponsored by My 45 and KUZZ 107.9. Those who donate blood at Houchin Blood Bank during the month of March can get in to this game for just $1. Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7.
Season ticket renewals are underway, offering fans a chance to purchase $1 sodas the rest of the season with a commemorative season ticket holder cup. The sooner you renew, the more you save! For more info, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.