The Bakersfield Condors started a three-game eastern swing with a 3-2 loss to the Wheeling Nailers in Wheeling, W.V. on Friday night.
It was the 17th win at home for the Nailers, tied with Reading for the most in the ECHL Eastern Conference. The Condors (12-28-4) have just one win in their last five games.
The Nailers never trailed and held a 2-0 lead after the first period before the Condors cut that in half midway through the second period on a power-play goal by Peter Boyd.
Christiaan Minella scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal midway through the third period as the Nailers opened up a 3-1 lead.
Nicholas Tremblay scored Bakersfield's final goal with 3:35 left.
Wheeling struck first when Zach Hansen's shot off a faceoff found the back of the net at 4:52 of the first period. Bakersfield received a five-minute major power play minutes later after Scott Enders was cross-checked from behind, but could not convert. The Nailers extended their lead to 2-0 when Matt Germain crept in over the blue line and beat Greenham from the slot at the 16:14 mark.
Scott Greenham stopped 32 shots in the loss.
Scott Freeman (30 points in 30 games last season) made his Condors debut this season and assisted on Tremblay's goal.
The Condors are in Toledo today (4 p.m) and Kalamazoo, Mich. (1 p.m.) on Sunday.