The Condors enjoyed a rare Saturday off and knew their opponent on Sunday afternoon -- the Idaho Steelheads -- would be weary from two straight games in Las Vegas and an early-morning arrival in Bakersfield.
So they took full advantage of the situation.
Bakersfield scored six goals in the first 10 minutes and 14 seconds and cruised to a 7-1 victory before 4,175 at Rabobank Arena.
It was a full-on barrage not often, if ever, seen at Rabobank.
George Hughes started it when he came off the bench and ripped in a one-timer from the top of the left circle at 1:16. Jordan Knackstedt got the first of two goals from the right circle at 2:35 and Bakersfield was up 3-0 when Chase Schaber scored at 5:26.
After a brief lull, defenseman Joe Marciano recorded his first professional goal when his wrister from the right point trickled through the pads of Josh Robinson and just over the goal line at 9:49.
"You see the three-nothing go up and you're thinking if they get one it could be a hockey game," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "I thought the fourth one was the backbreaker. I thought the first three shots that went in on Robinson were pretty good shots, but I'm sure he wanted that fourth one that squeaked through back. That was the backbreaker for me."
That was the end of the night for Robinson (four goals allowed on six shots), but his replacement, Pat Nagle didn't fare much better.
Twenty-five seconds later, Ryan Watson scored his first of two goals on Nagle as the Condors soared to a 5-0 lead.
"We just wanted to play in their zone, get the puck deep," Knackstedt said of the quick start. "That's when we have success. We just wanted to control the puck and get chances down low. Fortunately, we got a couple of early ones. (Five goals in 10 minutes) doesn't happen much in anyone's career. When it comes you just take it in and enjoy it. At the same time you can't look past it, you have to keep playing the right way and I think we did that tonight."
The Condors (26-22-2-3) are 9-2-1 over their last 12 and 13-3-1 in their last 17 home games.
"When we go over our keys the start was going to be one of them," Mann said. "They played last night and traveled. Fortunately, with the schedule, we had the night off. It was a hard-fought game on Friday against Colorado (a 4-3 overtime loss) and we wanted a two-point response and I certainly think we got that from top to bottom."
The Condors killed off a five-minute major, Idaho power play starting seven minutes into the second, allowing just three shots, and Knackstedt made it 6-0 at the 15:02 mark.
Watson, who returned to the lineup on Friday night after missing 17 games with an injury, got his second goal of the night and eighth on the season 9:37 into the third.
Watson, who was signed by the Condors on Nov. 27, had 11 points in 15 games before being injured. He did not have any points in his return to the lineup on Friday night, but ended up with three points on Sunday, as he also had an assist.
"It's always tough," he said of only being able to watch as the team was enjoying success.
"It's boring sitting at home and not being out there with the guys.
"Right now we're just chasing points and trying to climb in the standings. Every game is important, especially against a team like Idaho that's just in front of us. To get those two points is huge. Obviously we did it in nice style tonight."
Perhaps the only sour note came 23 seconds after Watson's goal when Idaho's Luke Judson got a short-handed goal to keep Laurent Brossoit from posting a shutout.
"Going into the third period I said let's play for LB," Mann said. "Unfortunately, it looked like (the puck) might have hit something and got by him. But I think he'll be happy with the two points."