BAKERSFIELD, CA – The road weary Moose were looking for a big win against the Bakersfield Condors Tuesday night. The current trip through California hasn’t been to kind to the young Moose, although they did manage to grab a couple points on the weekend in Stockton. But Tuesday night wasn’t their night, as they beaten 6-3 by the baby Oilers.
The buzz in the air was that of Oilers rookie sensation Connor McDavid who was in town skating with the Condors getting ready for his return from the injured list, he will be practicing only and won’t be dressing for any games. He was in attendance and watched as the Condors peppered Moose goaltending with 51 shots.
Eric Comrie started for Manitoba and was pulled after two periods as he gave up 5 goals on 29 shots. Jussi Olkinuora played the third and allowed 1 goal on 22 shots. Comrie got some good news before the game, as he was named to the AHL’s Western Conference All-Star team. He will replace Connor Hellebuyck, who is up with the Jets.
The Condors were led by Ryan Hamilton who scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season and he also picked up an assist . Condors got goals from Joey LaLeggia his 6th, Andrew Miller his 9th, Tyler Pitlick his 3rd, Joshua Winquist his 7th .
The Moose were led by Scott Kosmachuk who scored a pair his 8th and 9th and also saw Jan Kostalek get his 1st career AHL goal. Nic Petan added a trio of helpers and was buzzing all game.
JC Lipon, who was just recently returned back to the Moose after seeing two games up with the Jets, dropped the gloves with NHL tough guy Zack Kassian and stood in well.
Manitoba will look to clean up their own end and allow less shots in there next game. The young squad has allowed over forty shots three games in a row.
The Moose fall to 11-23-3-4 on the year and will have a couple days off before facing the Condors again on Friday night.