BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day Jacob Lagace returned after a five-game suspension, the Condors lost three more forwards.
Francis Verreault and Evan Trupp, both injured Friday night did not start Saturday night's game against Colorado. And long before the first period, Peter Boyd was gone with a shoulder injury.
In the span of a day, the hottest line -- those three accounted for 15 goals and 22 assists in January -- went from the ice to watching from the stands.
But the Condors still had the hot stick of Nicholas Tremblay, which rallied them from a two-goal deficit and sent the game to overtime. From there it went to a shootout and that's where the Condors luck ran out.
Colorado scored twice in the skills contest and Scott Freeman was the only Condor to score as the Eagles left town with a 3-2 win.
"We pulled something from nothing," Condors coach Matt O'Dette said. "Thinks weren't clicking early for us (but) we just kept with it.
"Obviously we've lost some guys here in the last two days that hurt us but guys had to step up."
And step up they did
Down 2-0 on off Colorado goals by Joey Sides in the first period and Ray Kauniso in the second, Tremblay cut the deficit in half, 7:41 into the third when he knocked a bouncing puck out of mid-air and past Adam Brown.
With goaltender Brian Stewart pulled for an extra attacker, Tremblay was again in the right spot when he fired in the puck from the edge of the crease off a rebound with 57 seconds remaining.
Tremblay has points in 12 of 13 games for the Condors, netting nine goals and eight assists in that time.
"We talked about it between periods," O'Dette sad of the third-period comeback. "When you keep believing anything is possible. We talked about what we did in Kalamazoo, same situation, down 2-nothing going into the third (a 3-2 Bakersfield win last Sunday). We almost pulled it off again."
Stewart, who finished with 34 saves, made two in overtime as the Condors went to a shootout for for a ninth time this season.
Scott Freeman was the lone Condor to score while two Eagles got pucks past Stewart.
"We got a point and we need points desperately," O'Dette said. "Obviously the second one would have been nice but we've got some fight left in us. We just have to keep believing in each other and anything is possible."
The Condors had no names on the back of their jerseys Saturday on orders from team-owner Jonathan Fleisig. "I told them to play for the front of the jersey, not the back," said Fleisig, who lives in New York City and came into town Thursday. "I'm being fined for it (league rules) but they will be without names again Tuesday."
The Condors return to action Tuesday night as they host the Stockton Thunder. That game starts a stretch of five games in six days. Bakersfield plays in Ontario on Wednesday, is home against Las Vegas on Friday and plays Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco.