BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Condors have hit on a winning formula.
Get to a shootout and let goaltender Scott Greenham take over.
Peter Boyd scored the lone goal in the shootout and Greenham stopped all five shooters as the Condors (3-3-0) beat the Las Vegas Wranglers 2-1 on Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
Greenham is now 10-for-10 in stopping opponents in shootouts as the Condors beat San Francisco 2-1 in a shootout last Saturday night.
"I think that's luck, I don't know how to explain that," Greenham said of being perfect in shootouts. "I feel good going into shootouts but I think it's a lot to do with luck on those one-on-ones like that."
It wasn't luck that got the Condors to the shootout as Greenham stopped 43 shots in the regulation and five-minute overtime period.
"It was identical to last Saturday but we played a lot better last Saturday,” Condors coach Matt O’Dette said. “Thank goodness for Greener in net. He was outstanding. We didn’t play well in front of him and the goalie won us the game, plain and simple.”
All five Las Vegas players tried different tactics in the shootout to score on Greenham, who made saves using his blocker, pads, glove and the last one, dong the splits while diving forward.
“You have to be ready for anything in this league, especially with the caliber of players here,” Greenham said. “Our guys do a good job of getting me ready from practice, they all throw different stuff at me too. I got lucky on a few of those but I guess when everything’s going your way on a night like this it’s just how it goes.”
Las Vegas controlled play most of the night but the Condors had a 1-0 lead heading into the final period thanks to a second-period goal credited to Tyler Brenner.
The Condors worked the puck out of the Las Vegas corner and defensemen Tyson Gimblett sent the puck toward the net from the top of the left circle. Brenner tried to push the puck past goaltender Joe Fallon but Las Vegas defensemen Bretton Stamler got his stick on the puck and sent it past his own goaltender.
Brenner, being the last Condor to touch the puck, was credited with the goal at the 16:36 mark.
But the Condors played with fire in the third period — the Las Vegas Power play — and got burned on the fourth one of the night.
The Condors were bottled up in their own zone on the three earlier Las Vegas power plays (which generated seven shots) and Las Vegas finally got capitalized on the fourth one as defenseman Charlie Cook’s shot from the left point sailed through traffic and past Greenham at the 10:53 mark. It was the third shot of that power play and 38th on the night.
“They have a good power play, they just haven’t got it going yet,” O’Dette said. “We took some dumb penalties, dumb. Offensive zone penalties. Shooting the puck over the glass in the first two minutes of the game. We have to stay out of the box.”
Bakersfield, which generated 26 shots, was outshot 12-4 in the final period and 5-2 in the overtime as Las Vegas got most of those overtime shots in the final minute of play.
“There’s positives,” O’Dette said.
“We could have melted down. We bent as far as you can probably bend but didn’t break and that’s because of Scot Greenham in net, plain and simple. The guy stood on his head. All the credit goes to him. Period.”
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