BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (5-15-3-0, 13pts) opened the scoring, but surrendered three straight goals to the visiting Stockton Thunder (11-8-1-2, 25pts), falling 3-1 in front of 4,151 fans Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
The first period was scoreless, but not without highlights. There were several good hits, key saves by Bakersfield G Matt Keetley and Stockton G Thomas Heemskerk, and a fight near the end of the period between Condors LW Hans Benson and Thunder D Sebastian Owuya.
A major power play carryover at the beginning of the second led to the first two goals of the game. The Condors took a 1-0 lead on C Robby Dee’s sixth goal of the season at :52. However, 20 seconds later the Thunder tied it up with a shorthanded odd-man rush. In the final minute of the period RW Kevin Baker’s shot deflected off a Condors skate and in to make it 2-1.
The Thunder scored the only goal of the final period, with LW Ian O’Connor redirecting a shot past Keetley to account for the final margin. The Condors were outshot 38-32.
C Robby Dee scored his first goal as a Condor tonight (in his third game since joining the team via trade)… D Alain Goulet played in his first game since Nov. 11 tonight. He had been in injured reserve since leaving the game that night… Final Shots: BAK – 32; STK – 38… Power plays: BAK-1/3; STK-1/6… Three stars: 1. Foy (STK), 2. Baker (STK), 3. Dee (BAK).
Road trip next; back home Dec. 21
The Condors hit the road for their next five games, including Saturday and Sunday in Stockton to complete this three-in-three weekend.
Tune in to all the action on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, www.foxsports970am.com, or through the iheartradio app. In addition, the game will be streamed live through the official pay-per-view provider of the ECHL, www.americaone.com.
They return to home ice on Wednesday, Dec. 21 against the Colorado Eagles for High School/College ID Night, sponsored by My45 and La Campesina 92.5.
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