One of the first things on newly-minted Thunder head coach Bruce Ramsay's checklist is done, keep the affiliation.
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.
BAKERSFIELD, Ca. - It took a three-goal third period for the Condors to send the Colorado Eagles home.
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.
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.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors and Colorado Eagles are set to face off in a battle of two Calder Cup Playoffs first-timers.
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.
Friday night, two Calder Cup hopefuls from the Pacific Division begin the next stage in their 2018-19 campaigns.
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.
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.
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