Tight checking game favors Condors as Barracuda lose 4-1

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Shakir Mukhamadullin fights off a Condors player.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

SAN JOSE- On the second of home back-to-backs against the Condors the Barracuda could not get much going and lost by a final of 4-1.

In the goal once again Aaron Dell got the start with a (13-14-2-2) record and 3.15 GAA and a SV% of .899

This time for the Condors Olivier Rodrigue got the nod having a (11-13-1-0) record a GAA of 2.99 and SV% .905

The first similar to yesterdays game got off to a sloppy start for San Jose with turnover after turnover occurring in their own end.

Despite that though on a great drop pass from Jeffrey Viel the recipient Thomas Bordeleau took the puck and went top shelf on the backhand making it 1-0.

Late in the first Luke Esposito found a streaking Greg McKegg backdoor who tipped home his pass one handed and tied the game up at one.

At the end of the second the shots favored Bakersfield 12-6.

The second period ended up being a pretty quiet period with neither team getting a ton of chances.

Both teams had power plays in the period but nobody could score on their special team chances.

In total in the second period there was nine shots with the Condors still leading at the end of the period 16-11.

Heading into the final period of play things once again got off to a slow start but picked when an early 4-on-4 occurred.

On the 4-on-4 the Condors hit the post then hit it once again this time Dylan Holloway was the culprit.

After the 4-on-4 was over though Bakersfield capitalized on the opportunity as Holloway off a fortunate bounce scored his second goal of the season.

Late in the game San Jose pulled Dell twice but the Condors scored on both empty net opportunities with Greg McKegg and Justin Bailey getting the goal.

The shots at the end of the game favored Bakersfield at 22-20.

The three stars of the game were: 1st: Dylan Holloway 2nd: Thomas Bordeleau 3rd: Greg McKegg

“I didn’t think we had that extra gear to take the game over and I think it was probably a pretty winnable game,” head coach John McCarthy said after the game.

San Jose’s next game will be against the Stars on the road on Friday at 5 p.m.

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