By The Bakersfield Californian
It was a strange start time for a hockey game — midnight Monday morning in Las Vegas, but a typical game for the Condors with a familiar theme: a pretty good first period and then a downhill slide.
Make that a nose-first dive. At warp speed.
The Condors were playing their third game in as many nights (they left Bakersfield at 10 a.m. Sunday morning) while the Wranglers last played on Wednesday and it looked like a fresh team against a tired team as the Wranglers rolled to a 5-1 victory.
Bakersfield (7-17-1-2) has now lost three in a row and nine of their last 11.
The Condors avoided being shut out for the first time this season when Tyler Brenner redirected a shot by Francis Meilleur with just over 11 minutes left.
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Condors left the ice after 40 minutes down 5-zip — the largest deficit the Condors have faced this season.
It was a night where the Wranglers padded their stat sheets — a hat trick for Scott Pitt, who was playing his first game for Las Vegas (all of those goals coming in the second period) and four assists for Eric Lampe.
--Missing from action for the Condors was center Robby Dee, who had one goal and one assist (both in the same game) in the past 13 games.
--The Condors were out shot 39-26 and have now been out shot in 22 straight games.
--There was a scout from Winnipeg Jets watching the game as was ECHL director of officiating Joe Earnst.
--The 100 or so Condors fans in the building, boisterous in the first period, were lifeless as the game wore on.
--Drunks really aren't funny, though they probably think they are at 2:30 a.m.