BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVELAND, Colo -- If things weren't going bad enough for the Condors, it got worse on Saturday night.
Playing a Colorado team with just seven forwards and five defensemen, the disjointed Condors were no match as the Eagles never trailed en route to a 5-2 victory.
The Condors, with three of their top four defenseman injured and back in Bakersfield, lost another as Erik Burgdoerfer suffered an injury in Friday night's game.
Burgdoerfer dressed on Saturday but took just three shifts.
The loss was the sixth straight for the reeling Condors, who dropped to 7-20-3. That is the same record they had after 30 games last season.
Although the Eagles were short on bodies, they were cohesive and took full advantage of the multiple lapses in defensive coverage by the Condors, especially during a 2-minute stretch in the second period.
Bakersfield had the momentum early in the second, starting with a power-play goal by Peter Boyd at the 45-second mark to cut Colorado's lead to 2-1.
Brian Stewart kept it a one-goal lead with a superb save on a breakaway just after than goal.
Boyd missed tying the game on another power play about 8 minutes into the period when he hit a post, and the Condors went on another power play at 9:19.
The expiration of that power play turned the tide as a Colorado odd-man rush developed and Trent Daavettila finished it with a shot in a wide-open net for a 3-1 lead at 11:27.
Just under 2 minutes later, Kevin Ulanski scored after a flurry of shots to make it 4-1.
Daniel Koger, playing his third game since joining the Condors during the road trip, scored his sixth of the season and first as a Condors 3:12 into the third to cut Colorado's lead to 4-2.
Daavettila got Colorado's final goal at 7:34 of the third.
Stewart made 37 saves in the loss and the Condors were out shot 42-25.