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Sunday, Nov 10 2013 10:37 PM

Condors fall to Thunder, 2-1

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Stockton's Garet Hunt comes charging in as Bakersfield defenseman Kyle Haines clears the puck from in front of the Condors' goal in the first period at Rabobank Arena.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    After bouncing off his pads, Condors goalie Andy Chiodo watches the puck slide slowly to the net before stopping. Another Bakersfield player cleared the puck before Stockton could get to it.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Stockton’s Andrew Clark and Bakersfield’s Nick Pageau battle for control at mid-ice in the first period at Rabobank Arena.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

The scoring woes continued for the Condors on Sunday afternoon as they fell 2-1 to the Stockton Thunder at Rabobank Arena.

A day after getting their first win (2-1 over Las Vegas), the Condors dropped to 1-8-1, digging a deeper hole to climb out from.

Tied after two periods, the game turned in the first eight minutes of the third.

Stockton goaltender Brian Foster made two huge saves early -- the first on Joel Broda four minutes into the period -- and the next on a point-blank shot from Spencer Bennett three minutes later.

The last one set up a Thunder up-ice rush. The Condors failed on a couple of chances to get the puck out of their zone and Joey Martin banged the game-winner past Andy Chiodo at 7:43.

"We made one mistake, or three mistakes on one goal," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "At the end of the day when you're not scoring goals the mistakes are magnified and it turned out to be the game-winner.

"I looked up at the clock early in the third, and thought we were playing a solid hockey game. That one shift we had three different mistakes."

Still, the opportunity to tie the game was there. The Condors went on a 5-on-3 power play midway though the third, but generated just one shot and then took an offensive zone penalty.

Then, with just under six minutes left, Nicholas Tremblay fed a pass through the slot to Chris Collins, who had the puck slip under his stick while looking at a wide-open net.

"Scoring wise all you can do is keep pushing," Mann said.

"We play an up-tempo aggressive system so you can't really alter the system to make it any more trap oriented because then you're not going to get any goals at all.

"It's just a matter of continuing to push and hopefully some of these guys who aren't producing offensively can put some pucks in the net."

The Condors came out slow and fell behind early, though it was pretty much just a bad break.

A deflected puck found it's way onto the stick of Garet Hunt, who had no trouble hitting a mostly wide-open net just 46 seconds into the game.

The Thunder controlled the first period and spent a considerable amount of time in Bakersfield's zone, thanks in part to a pair of power plays, but Chiodo kept the Condors in the game with nine saves.

The Condors controlled the tempo in the second period and Broda made it two goals in his first two games when he tied the game off a pass from Tremblay with 1:37 left in the period.

Foster stopped 20 of 21 shots for the Thunder while Chiodo stopped 19 of 21 for the Condors.

"There's a reason he's 5 and 0 now and a save percentage over (.940)." Mann said of Foster. "Obviously he's playing well and making key saves for them to get the W."

Chiodo arrived in Bakersfield on Wednesday night and played his first game since last season on Friday. He stopped 71 of 76 shots in three straight games, giving the Condors a chance to win every one.

"Overall on the weekend you only get two points out of the six but we're in games now," Mann said. "I think the changes we made this week with the goaltending (Chiodo) and getting Broda back have been huge. Over two games Bennett (signed on Saturday) has increased our speed which helps. It's something to build on for next week."

Notes

Keith Olbermann, who led one of his "Olbermann" shows on ESPN2 last week talking about Bakersfield's special Gettysburg Address jerseys which they wore on Sunday, bid $2,000 on the jersey of goaltender Andy Pickard. The auction raised $21,050 for the Bakersfield ARC.

The Condors face Stockton again on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Rabobank Arena in the annual Field Trip Day game with around 5,000 school children expected to attend.

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