BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A team struggling to score goals got plenty on Tuesday night.
No, it was not the Condors doing the scoring.
The San Francisco Bulls scored their first three goals off turnovers en route to a 5-1 victory over the Condors, who solidified their standing as the worst team in the ECHL with the loss.
The Condors (3-12-1) were coming off a 2-1 win in Ontario and looking to make up ground on the Bulls, who were winless in their previous six games while being outscored 24-6.
The Bulls never trailed as they improved to 5-10-2 and moved five points ahead of the Condors.
A visibly upset coach Troy Mann hauled his five leaders into the coach's office after the game and unleashed some fury.
"I don't want to be the yeller and screamer," Mann said. "I don't think it works over a consistent basis. Those guys have to take charge and make sure guys get fired up.
"For me to go in there and beg the guys to be motivated to play the game of hockey is not right. They need to have some type of internal motivation to play the game and want to be the best they can be out there."
It was clear that was not the case on Tuesday night.
"After having three really solid road games and thinking we turned the corner in how we need to play the game to win some hockey games we came out tonight with an uninspired effort," Mann said.
The two teams play again at 7:30 tonight in San Francisco and Mann said changes could come as early as then.
"We have some bodies around here and nothing to lose," Mann said. "Putting the same uninspired guys who are just too inconsistent ... we'll see what we can do here over the next 24 hours.
"It may have to go into Saturday but we certainly have some guys we can put in."
A turnover in the neutral zone led to a quick up-ice rush by San Francisco and a 1-0 lead at 6:56 when Dean Ouellet's shot from the top of the left circle eluded Chet Pickard.
Chris Collins drew the Condors even with a one-man show nine minutes into the second period. Two San Francisco D-men closed together in the slot, Collins pushed the puck forward and went to his left to get around. San Francisco goaltender Tyler Beskorowany attempted to play the puck but it rolled off his stick to Collins, who fired it into the wide-open net.
That turned out to be the highlight of the game for the Condors.
The Condors outshot the Bulls 28-23.