Chase Schaber didn't know how little time was left but he had an idea of where the net was.
So when he got the puck in the waning seconds of overtime on Friday night, he turned and fired.
It went past Stockton goaltender Parker Miner with 5.8 seconds left to lift the Condors over the Thunder 3-2 before 5,132 at Rabobank Arena.
The win locked up at least a sixth-seed for the Condors in the ECHL Western Conference for the first round of the playoffs which begin next week.
It was the fifth straight win for the Condors and two more wins in their final two games would vault them to the fifth seed.
Bakersfield will face either Utah or Idaho in the first round.
But that's next week and late Friday was a time to celebrate a bit.
The Condors sent the game to overtime when Chris Collins redirected a shot by Collin Bowman to tie the game 2-2 with 4:32 left in regulation.
Then came Schaber's dramatic game winner.
"I had no idea of the time, I don't even have a clue of what the time said after I scored that goal," Schaber said. "It was a good play. We were kind of just weaving back and forth in the offensive zone there, (Wes) Cunningham came down and created some confusion and Knacker (Jordan Knackstedt) threw it over to me in the slot.
"I just turned around, had to get a good sense of where the net was, and it squeezed through."
The goal capped a two-goal comeback as the Thunder led 2-0 with four minutes left in the second period.
"It's just a good indication that if we stick with the system and do what (coach Troy Mann) tells us what to do before the game we're going to get our chances and we're going to put the puck in the net like we did tonight," Schaber said of the comeback.
The Condors hit the post three times in the first period, missed a wide-open net on a power-play early in the second and then went down two goals to the Thunder.
"Maybe at the beginning of the year that kind of stuff would get inside your head," Schaber said. "But we have the horses in the room this time of year. This is crunch time. We're getting towards the best time of the year and when we know what our system can do. We use it to our advantage and just stick with it.
"If things aren't going our way somebody's going to get a bounce somewhere. Tonight was another example of that."
Former Condor Nicholas Tremblay scored the first goal of the game 9:19 into the second period off a Bakersfield turnover. The Condors lost the puck at the Stockton blue line during 4-on-4 play, and Tremblay raced in on a breakaway for his 10th goal.
Back-to-back penalties cost the Condors later in the period, with Joey Martin putting Stockton up 2-0 on a power-play goal at 15:33.
That goal came seconds after the Condors killed a 54-second, two-man advantage for the Thunder.
Bakersfield responded with its own power play goal with 1:51 left when Bowman scored from the point.
"I thought everybody competed hard and played well tonight," Mann said. "That's what it takes to win hockey games, especially at this time of the year and moving forward here starting next week."
Forward Michael Neal was waived on Friday. Mann said Neal was not happy with his role (out of the top six) and asked to be released. Neal had 32 points in 56 games but just one assist in his last nine games.
Assistant coach Ryan Murphy was not behind the bench on Friday night as he underwent a successful appendectomy earlier in the day.
The Alaska Aces clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with a 5-0 win over Colorado on Friday night. Ontario is the No. 2 seed. Also, Utah beat Idaho 3-2 which means the Grizzlies are the No. 3 seed and the Steelheads the No. 4 seed.