Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Danil Gushchin battles with a Condors player for the puck on December 27th 2022.
By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)
San Jose and Bakersfield battled it out and had a back-and-forth game that ended in favor of the Condors by a 5-4 final.
The game kicked off with the Condors leading in shots by 4-0 putting the pressure on San Jose.
At the 7:51 mark Patrick Sieloff took a holding penalty putting Bakersfield on the power play.
On said power play Seth Griffith was given a pass across the slot that he tapped in scoring his 11th goal of the season.
The Condors held on to that lead as the first period ended 1-0 with the shots favoring Bakersfield 14-6.
In the second period Luke Johnson kicked things early for San Jose as he recieved a pass from Jeffrey Viel that he finessed into the net tying the game up.
6:22 into the second period Barracuda was given a chance to take a lead as their power play unit hit the ice.
Quite the opposite ended up happening as Aaron Dell misplayed the puck leading to a two-on-one that Dino Kambeitz scored on shorthanded.
With the game now 2-1 Martin Kaut came in on a rush and fired one off of Calvin Pickard that produced a big rebound. William Eklund picked up the rebound off the shot and deposited it into the cage tying the game back up.
Not long after tying it Max Gildon got a pass from Tyler Benson that Gildon ripped past Aaron Dell taking the lead right back.
At the end of the third the Condors finished up 3-2 with the shots tied at 22.
Less than five minutes into the third period Devin Shore deflected in a beautiful cross ice pass from Jason Demers now giving Bakersfield a 4-2 lead.
Not even three minutes later Raphael Lavoie scored his 10th goal of the season making it now a 5-2 before even the ten minute mark of the third period.
The scoring frenzy continued however as right off of a face-off Jeffrey Viel put a shot on net and Adam Raska corralled the rebound to score his first goal of the season.
Raska was not done though as seconds after the last goal Raska got in on the forecheck, stole the puck, and took it to the net were he scored once again to make it 5-4.
San Jose later in the period did pull Dell but could not get the equalizer and thus fell 5-4.
The shots finished in favor of the Barracuda at 36-28.
The three stars of the game were: 1st: Raphael Lavoie 2nd: Devin Shore 3rd: Max Gildon
San Jose’s next game will be back on home ice on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Abbotsford Canucks.