By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Stockton Thunder scored four times in the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Bakersfield Condors in a physical game Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
Stockton scored five minutes into the opening period, with ECHL rookie scoring leader Justin Maylan sending a wrister past Condor goalie Scott Greenham to make it 1-0.
The physical play culminated in a pair of first period fights, and the Thunder took a 12-8 shot lead as well into the dressing room.
Just over three minutes into the second frame, Bakersfield's Tyson Gimblett was whistled for a five-minute major on checking to the head, and on the ensuing power play, three goals were scored.
Stockton tallied twice to take a 3-0 lead, but the Condors answered with a shorthanded tally by Daniel Koger to keep it a two-goal game. The goal was Koger's second as a Condor and seventh of the season. The Thunder added two more in the period, sandwiched around Levi Nelson's 10th goal of the season.
The Thunder added another goal in the opening minute of the third period to make it 6-2. The Condors scored a power-play goal of their own in the waning moments of the contest, a blast from the blueline from Olivier Dame-Malka. Multiple scraps broke out late in the game.
Three games remain in the season series, with the next on Feb. 5 in Bakersfield ... The next six games for Bakersfield are all against Idaho, starting Saturday night ...Both Liam Huculak and Tyson Gimblett dropped the mitts for Bakersfield ... Gimblett's match penalty in the second period automatically draws an ejection ... The Condors host Idaho today for Jake Varner Night, where the team will honor the Olympic Gold Medalist and also don special jerseys in a Jersey-Off-Our-Backs raffle and Auction, sponsored by 92.1 Max FM, American Business Machines and TERRIO Physical Therapy.