By CALIFORNIAN STAFF REPORTS
Stockton Thunder player Kristians Pelss was suspended 21 games by the ECHL on Thursday for a two-handed slash of Bakersfield Condors player Olivier Dame-Malka during Saturday's game, according to USA Today.
Malka suffered a concussion, a cut cheek and a swollen face eight minutes into the game at Stockton when he was slashed in the head with a stick by Pelss. No penalty was called. Malka was left motionless on the ice and taken off on a stretcher. The teams play again Sunday at 5 p.m. in Bakersfield.
Bakersfield got 40 saves from goalie Brian Stewart, but could not overcome three first-period goals and fell 4-2 to host Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The Condors cut into the lead with a goal from Levi Nelson at the 9:51 mark. Nelson walked into the right-wing circle and snapped his sixth goal of the season under the crossbar. It would stay 3-1 after two periods as Ontario outshot Bakersfield, 17-8.
The Condors cut the lead to 3-2 on a power-play goal by Peter Boyd at the 6:04 mark of the third period. Derek Couture tacked on a late power-play goal for the final tally.
Quincy Acy scored 18 points but the Jam fell short 127-98 to the Bighorns on Friday. Mike Scott had 14 points and Jerel McNeal finished with 12 points.
Garcia toy drive to continue
The toy drive in the name of Nathan Garcia, a 12-year-old Bakersfield native and USC football fan with terminal brain cancer, will continue for another week.
Garcia, who would turn 13 on Dec. 17, made a birthday wish to create a toy drive for sick children.
To participate, bring new or gently used toys to any Terrio Therapy location or any Jersey Mike's location (2715 Coffee Road or 5120 Stockdale Highway) until Friday.
Garcia also will be honored at the Condors home game at 5 p.m. Sunday.
BC men top LA Valley
Van Holloway scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Bakersfield College to a 80-67 victory over Los Angeles Valley College in the consolation semifinals of the Santa Barbara City College Tournament.
Ed Daniels had 12 points and a team-high seven assists for the Renegades (3-5), who play in the consolation finals today at 6 p.m.
BC women beat Taft
Haley Huntington led Bakersfield College (4-3) with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, and four rebounds as the Renegades topped Taft College, 84-63, at BC. BC has a three-game winning streak.
BC next plays Thursday at the Monterey Tournament against Siskiyous College.
High school football
LONG BEACH -- Clovis North missed three first-half field goals and had a touchdown nullified by penalty in its first appearance in a CIF State Regional Bowl Game, a 28-7 loss to Long Beach-Poly.
The Broncos (12-2) saw Poly (12-3) erase an early 7-0 deficit with three second-half touchdowns.
Clovis North is the first Central Section team to reach the CIF's new regional round. Poly moves on to the CIF State Bowl Division I Championship on Friday in Carson against Granite Bay, which beat San Francisco-St. Ignatius 45-17 in the NorCal regional game.
In Division IV, Solana Beach-Santa Fe Christian beat Arcadia-Rio Hondo Prep 30-28 in the Southern Cal game and Modesto-Central Catholic routed Oakland-McClymonds 42-12 in Northern Cal. Today's action includes the Open Division regional games, Corona-Centennial vs. Harbor City-Narbonne in the south and Concord-De La Salle vs. Folsom in the North.