By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
STOCKTON -- The Bakersfield Condors could not convert on late power-play opportunities and dropped a 2-1 decision Sunday afternoon to the Stockton Thunder at Stockton Arena.
Bakersfield applied good pressure early, registering four shots in the first two minutes of action, but could not find the back of the net.
Instead, it was Stockton that scored first when Shawn Weller snapped a shot from the bottom of the right circle into a vacated net after a good feed from Nathan Deck at the 6:21 mark.
The Condors received two power plays, but could not generate much offense, and trailed 1-0 after one period.
Stockton built its lead to 2-0 when Garet Hunt beat Condors goaltender Brian Stewart from the right-wing circle at 17:13.
The Condors rallied in the third period and scored their lone goal thanks to a bit of good fortune with 8:56 left.
Bakersfield defenseman Kyle Haines scored when his flip-in from the blue line found its way off the glove of Thunder goaltender Olivier Roy and into the back of the net.
Bakersfield then went on six minutes worth of power plays over the last half of the period, including a full 5-on-3 power play, but never found an equalizer.
The Condors next play at Las Vegas at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. ... Bakersfield returns home Friday when it hosts the Wranglers on Mohawk Giveaway Night, sponsored by My 45, Kelly 95.3 and Cal Water. The first 2,000 fans 17 and under will get a Condors Mohawk headdress.