BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sacha Guimond scored the game-winning goal 17 seconds into the third period and the San Francisco Bulls beat the Condors 6-5 on Saturday night for their first win in team history.
The Bulls pressured the Condors the entire game, which created numerous quality scoring chances as they outshot Bakersfield 34-21.
Still, the Condors had a golden opportunity to get the game-tying goal and maybe more with nine minutes left as they went on a 5-minute major power play. That turned into a two-man advantage 90 seconds in the power play when the Bulls took another penalty.
But the Condors generated almost no offense as numerous shots from the points went wide. The two-man advantage evaporated as did the rest of the extended power play and when was all said and done the Condors had put just two shot on Bulls goaltender Taylor Nelson.
Scott Greenham suffered the loss for the Condors, stopping 28 shots.
"We weren't very good in any aspect," Condors coach Matt O'Dette said. "We didn't execute the game plan and all the guys wanted to do it by themselves.
"We had an off night and we have to pick ourselves up and be ready to go (today)."
The second period was a shootout from start to finish with huge swings in momentum.
San Francisco tied the game 2-2 just 27 seconds into the period when Dean Ouellet scored from the low slot where he was left all alone. The Bulls made it 3-2 just over three minutes later when Matt Carter scored.
The Condors tied the game 3-3 at 5:38 when Zach Cohen scored a power play goal.
The scoring frenzy slowed for a bit before San Francisco went back on top 4-3 on a goal by Justin Bowers at 9:20. The Bulls added another goal three minutes later, this one from Thomas Beauregard, to go up 5-3.
Once again Bakersfield answered as David Toews scored on a short-handed breakaway to cut San Francisco's lead to 5-4.
Bakersfield tied the game with a minute left in the period on a power-play goal by Levi Nelson.
The Bulls opened the scored 4:17 into the game when Kevin Baker beat Greenham on a breakaway.
Robby Dee answered that for the Condors, tying the game at 8:51. The Condors took a 2-1 lead two minutes later when defenseman Olivier Malka blasted a slap shot from the right point for a power-play goal.
Forward Peter Boyd did not play Saturday night due to concussion-like symptoms. Boyd took several hard hits in Friday night's game. He will not play in today's home opener against the Las Vegas Wranglers. ... With Peter Boyd sitting in the stands, Nick Prockow (out of Colgate University) made his pro debut.