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Friday, Oct 18 2013 10:56 PM

Bakersfield Condors beaten by Colorado in shootout

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    Bakersfield's Louke Oakley moves the puck against Colorado's John Ryder during the Condors season opener at Rabobank Arena.

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    Condors wingman Brett Lutes (14) tries to get the puck past Eagles goalie Adam Brown in the third period.

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    Bakersfield's Jake Morley, top, fights Colorado's Jesse Mychan in the third period.

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    Condors goalie Tyler Bunz makes a save during the second period of the Condors' season opener against the Colorado Eagles.

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    Condors center Nick Tremblay works the puck past Eagles defenseman Paul Phillips during the Condors season opener at Rabobank Arena.

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    Queen Victoria, who became a YouTube sensation on her first visit to Condorstown last season, makes a return for the season opener at Rabobank Arena.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

History was made Friday night at Rabobank Arena as the Condors opened their season against the Colorado Eagles.

However, they may have preferred into to not have had a historical night as they lost 2-1 in a shootout before 6,490.

It is the first-ever shootout loss in a homer opener for Bakersfield, which is now 9-6-1 in those contests.

"Overall, I told the guys not to hang their heads," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "It was a skills competition, we lost the point. Certainly, in a home opener, you want to get that W on the board. But overall like our team.

"I think if we play that way consistently we're going to win a lot of hockey games."

The Condors took an early 2-1 lead the shootout on goals by Jordan Knackstedt and Brett Lutes but two more Colorado shooters scored to get them the win.

The Condors gave up the first goal 37 seconds into the game wen a shot by Kyle Ostrow deflected off a stick and past Tyler Bunz.

Chase Schaber brought the Condors even at 1-1 when he crossed the blue line with the puck, walked around a defender and fired in a shot from the right circle at the 4:40 mark.

"It came off a good neutral zone forecheck," Schaber said. "(Knackstedt) got me the puck and I was fortunate enough to chip it between the defenseman's leg, walk in and shoot the puck.

"I wasn't really aiming on that one. It just found a hole and went into the back of the net."

Bakersfield pretty much controlled play from that point on, outshooting Colorado 22-11 in the final two periods.

"We just stuck with our systems," Schaber said of the improvement as the game went on. "(Coach Mann) has us running these systems that a lot of us have never played before. When we get to trust each other and trust the system we tend to (cause turnovers) a lot and then we get after teams.

"We have a lot of skill in our lineup. When we trust our systems we're going to be a good team and create a lot of havoc."

Schaber, who played 11 games in Idaho last season, was one of eight rookies in the lineup for the Condors. Four of Bakersfield's six D-men were rookies.

"We had a little bit of a slow start but with the number of rookies in the lineup I anticipated that," Mann said. "They're a veteran team over there but I thought we clearly outplayed them as the game went on.

"With any puck luck around the net we certainly could have had a number of goals. It was unfortunate. We had three (chances at an) empty net) and just couldn't bury them at the appropriate times."

Notes

-- Forward Luke Greiner was waived on Friday morning Scratches were forwards Cameron Abney and Greg Burgdoerfer and defenseman Daniel Sobotka. Defenseman Kyle Haines is starting the season on 21-day injured reserve.

-- Former Condor Alex Hudson is now with the Colorado Eagles.

-- The Condors head down south to Ontario tonight for the season-opener for the Reign. Game time is 6 p.m. tonight.

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