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Saturday, Oct 20 2012 11:02 PM

Condor shows grit in win

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Condor goalie Scott Greenham manages to keep a shot by San Francisco center Kevin M. Baker out of the net despite it almost getting through his pads in the second period of the game at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Condor forward Parker Stanfield pushes the puck down the ice against San Francisco center Jordan Clendennin and left winger Kris Belan during the first period of the game at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Condor defenseman Olivier Dame-Malka looks to move the puck into the San Francisco zone during the first period of the game at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

Alex Hudson came to play Saturday night.

So did the Condors.

A night after getting hit in the face by a puck -- three teeth knocked out and a mouth and face full of stitches -- Hudson scored a first-period goal and Brett Perlini got one in a shootout as the Condors broke a three-game losing steak with a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Bulls before 4,653 at Rabobank Arena.

Game-winner for Bakersfield

"He's a character kid, that's the reason we brought him in here first and foremost," Condors coach Matt O'Dette said of Hudson. "He's contributed from the first game he's played. He's been in on a goal all three games he's played and obviously had a nice goal tonight.

"Not to mention he's got probably 20-plus stitches in his face and lost three teeth last night. That's a warrior right there and performances like that really inspire the group."

Still, the Condors were in a dog fight throughout the night, nursing the one-goal lead until San Francisco tied the game seven minutes into the third on a power-play goal by the ECHL's leading scorer, Justin Bowers.

"We could of lost composure when they tied the game up in the third, but we stayed calm, stayed on the task," O'Dette said. "This time last year we probably would have coughed up that game."

That led to overtime, where neither team had great scoring chances and the shootout where, like the game, goalies starred.

Perlini, Bakersfield's fourth shooter, beat San Francisco goaltender Tyler Nelson with a nice move and Condors goaltender Scott Greenham stopped San Francisco's final shooter for the win.

Greenham made 24 saves on the night.

Hudson capped a dominating first period by the Condors with his first goal of the season with just over three minutes remaining.

"Evan Trupp made a great pass," said Hudson, who played 19 games in Bakersfield last season but was just signed a week ago. "I think we're starting to get on the same page."

Getting the entire team on the same page is a priority for O'Dette.

"We had an extensive video session this morning about last night," he said. "We talked a lot about how we had to play at home and the energy level that we have to bring. We have to take care of the puck, get pucks deep and that's when we go to work."

The Condors were on their heels a bit in the second period, getting two shots in the first five minutes but not registering another shot on goal for more than 10 minutes.

Greenham made a couple of saves on Bulls power play early in the period, then got an assist from defenseman Tyson Gimblett midway through the period. That's when the puck bounced off Greenham and landed just next to the goal line on the right edge of the crease. San Francisco's Jordan Morrison somehow missed in his try to push the puck into the net and Gimblett got there to move it out of harm's way.

A late San Francisco power play with under four minutes left resulted in a save by Greenham, a hit post and a blocked shot as the Condors kept their one-goal edge.

"They're a very high risk team," O'Dette said of the Bulls. "They like to fly the zone and cheat in certain situations offensively. We had to be smart and we did that tonight and it resulted in a win."

Notes

The Condors were assigned right wing Tyler Brenner by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Brenner (6-foot-2, 207 pounds) arrived in Bakersfield at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, got in an afternoon pre-game nap, and played in the game. The second-year pro split time between the Marlies (3 points in 21 games) and The reading Royals in the ECHL (nine points in 20 games). ...

Forward Robbie Dee and defenseman Justin Pender did not play for the first time this season. Defenseman Joe Rogalski made his pro debut. ... The Condors return to action next weekend with games at home against Las Vegas on Friday night and Stockton on Saturday night.

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