Facing elimination for the second straight game, the Condors needed a solid defensive effort with the goal support they had throughout most of the regular season. It was Kalle Kossila and the Gulls who brought the fire in game six, as San Diego defeated Bakersfield 6-2, ending their historic season.
For the third time this series, it took more than 60 minutes to decide a winner. In fact, it took more than one overtime as Josh Currie ended game five nearly seven minutes into the second overtime frame to give the Condors a 2-1 win.
Late in the third period, Tyler Benson scored one of the most important goals of his young professional career, sending Wednesday night's game three to overtime. Bakersfield went on to win 7-6, cutting San Diego's series lead to 2-1.
After seven periods of hockey Friday night, San Diego did not look back going into Saturday. The Gulls, despite a mid-game goalie change, controlled all aspects of the game, defeating Bakersfield 4-1.
It would take 124 minutes to decide a game-winner on Friday night as Maxime Comtois scored in the fourth overtime period to lift San Diego over Bakersfield, 3-2.
Friday night, two Calder Cup hopefuls from the Pacific Division begin the next stage in their 2018-19 campaigns.
BAKERSFIELD, Ca. - It took a three-goal third period for the Condors to send the Colorado Eagles home.
In his AHL debut, the Edmonton Oilers' 2018 first round pick Evan Bouchard scored three points in the Bakersfield Condors 5-2 win over the Colorado Eagles
It was a game of special teams breakdowns as Colorado and Bakersfield combined for one successful powerplay of the 14 total. Following an impressive, clean game one, both teams came out playing significantly more physical.
Despite five total goals, it was the goalies who shined in Friday night's opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs. In a battle of two Calder Cup playoff first-timers, the Condors got the last laugh as Bakersfield defeated Colorado 3-2.
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