By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Steelheads used a four-goal third period to turn a close game into a 7-2 pounding of the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Forward Francis Verreault had a goal, an assist and a fight in his debut with the Condors.
Bakersfield found themselves down by a pair of goals less than eight minutes into the game. Matt Case scored at 4:30 on the power play and Austin Fyten at 7:30, to stake Idaho to a 2-0 lead, despite a fairly balanced opening period, beating Condors goalie Scott Greenham.
The Steelheads added to their lead at 6:36 of the second with a goal by Jeremie Blain, but the Condors countered at 12:26 to get on the board. Verreault, playing in his first game with the team after his acquisition on New Year's Eve, helped set up Peter Boyd for his seventh goal of the season.
The Condors held a 17-11 shot advantage in the second period, but Steelheads goalie Josh Robinson was solid in net, making the lead stand through 40 minutes.
Verreault pulled the Condors within striking distance with a goal of his own just 3:27 into the third to make it 3-2. But Idaho's Austin Smith potted two highlight-reel goals in the next seven minutes to break the game open.
Max Campbell, Kyle Haines and Francis Verreault all made their Condors debut tonight. ... Steelheads goalie Josh Robinson now has just one regulation loss in 16 decisions this season (13-1-1-1). ... Friday's game was the third of six straight head-to-head against Idaho for Bakersfield. ... After wrapping up their two-game series in Idaho today, the Condors return to home ice against Idaho next week with Computer Tablet Giveaway on Friday, Jan. 11, sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and 106.1 KRAB Radio. All fans will have the chance to win one of 20 Kindle Fire tablets we'll give away.