BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – 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.
The game began with some typical back-and-forth hockey, similar to what we have seen throughout this series. During a power play at 9:30 in the first, Joe Gambardella tipped in a shot from Evan Bouchard to score his sixth goal of the playoffs, giving the Condors an early lead.
Stuart Skinner, who started his first career professional playoff game, controlled the game well, staying grounded in his crease, limiting opportunities.
Bakersfield carried the one-goal lead into the first intermission, outshooting the Gulls 10-8.
The second period played much like the first, Skinner and Jeff Glass controlling the game from the goal creases.
The second period’s lone goal came just past the 10-minute mark when the Gulls made scoring look effortless. A tic-tac-toe play gave Kevin Roy his easiest shot of the series, simply burying it behind Skinner.
From this point on, the defenses turned up their play. The score would remain 1-1 until the second intermission, shots tied at 19.
While the defenses played well, the goalies were the stars of the highlight reel in the third, keeping the opposing team off the board throughout the third period. Yet again, the game found itself knotted up at the end of the third, sending the game to overtime.
The first overtime period was the most exciting hockey seen in the series so far as the teams exchanged quality chances. The game remained tied throughout the overtime period, as no hero emerged. Finally, the overtime period ended, San Diego with the slight shot advantage, 37-36.
About eight minutes into the second overtime, Glass made the most impressive save of the game, stopping a Bakersfield 2-on-0 break.
Minutes later, a hero emerged. Currie received a pass in the middle of the slot from Tyler Bensen and sent the puck past Glass’ blocker to end the game. It was Currie’s first of the postseason.
San Diego out-shot Bakersfield 46-44, 9-8 in the second overtime period alone.
The Condors were 1-for-4 on the power play and the Gulls went 0-for-2.
Despite losing this game, San Diego still holds a 3-2 series lead going into game six in San Diego Monday night. It will once again be an elimination game for the Condors.