It was worth the wait Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.
The start of the game against the Las Vegas Wranglers was delayed for nearly two hours due to bad ice but what a game it turned out to be before 7,757.
A healthy doss of nastiness and a come-from behind 4-3 shootout victory for the Condors, who have now won three straight games.
Forward Evan Trupp and goaltender Matt Keetley were the heros of the game. Trupp for two goals, the last spectacular enough that it should soon be coming to Sportscenter, and Keetley for stopping 41 shots in regulation and four of five in the shootout.
The Condors trailed 3-2 entering the third period when Trupp pulled a lacrosse move out of his bag of tricks at the 2:46 mark to tie the game.
Trupp scooped the puck up behind the net on the bald of his stick, lifted it in the air and deposited it over the shoulder of Las vegas goaltender Mitch O'Keefe and into the net.
"It's something we have fun with in practice and every now and then in a game when the situation arises it's one of those times where it gets the team going and gets the fans in it," Trupp said of the move. "The puck was coming over to me and was kind of on it's side so I thought I'd give it a try and sure enough it stuck on there."
Trupp, who also tied the game with a second-period goal, scored in the shootout as did NHL vet Kyle Calder.
Keetley stopped four shooters and had no chance on the one that got by him as he tripped and fell face-first while coming out of the net to challenge the Las Vegas shooter.
"You could tell he was getting tired," O'Dette said of Keetley, who is a likely ECHL goaltender of the week candidate after going 3-0 with a goals-against average just a tick under 2.00 and a .956 save percentage. "It was his third game in four days and you could tell he was wearing out. He came up with some big saves in the shootout."
As for Trupp's goal, O'Dette had seen one like it before.
"I've seen it before on YouTube by him and he brought it back out," O'Dette said. "I don't know how he did it. It wasn't like it was a slow puck coming to him."
Just before the game was due to start, game officials noticed ripples on the ice which set off a one hour and 47 minute drama that saw the ice resurfaced, a new Zamboni brought in and two dry cuts being made, both teams skating on the ice then leaving and the ice being resurfaced again as it was announced the game would go on.
Then, after the Condors came racing out of their locker room and onto the ice to start the game, the Wranglers stayed in theirs, only being coaxed out by officials about five minutes later.
"I got a sense that they really didn't want to play," O'Dette said of the soap opera before the game started. "They have a game (Sunday afternoon). Obviously player safety is the main thing and we are worried about that but I thought it was a minor thing that wouldn't really affect player safety. Might make passes a little bumpy. We wanted to play the whole time.
"We had several conversations with the ref, the league, you name it. It was a lot of hemming and hawing but in our eyes there was no way we weren't going to play this game. We felt we had momentum going with two wins in a row and with a big crowd tonight we wanted to take advantage of it."
Channing Boe put Las Vegas up 1-0 just 1:42 into the game, 30 seconds after the first fight of the night, but the Condors tied the game two minutes later on a Parker Stanfield goal.
A melee at 11:42 left the Condors in a strange position — the Wranglers on a power-play for two minutes before going on a two-man advantage for three minutes.
The Condors killed the first two minutes but Scott Campbell scored on the two man power play at 14:42. That left 2:28 of the two-man advantage for the major penalty but the Condors kept the Wranglers from extending their lead.
The Condors tied the game 1:21 into the second period when Trupp scored.
Las Vegas went back in front at 10:30 on an Adam Miller goal during another stranger situation — two minutes of 4-on-4 play before the Wranglers went on another three-minute major power play, this time just a one-man advantage. Like the three-minute two-man advantage, the Condors successfully killed the penalty.
"it was a good game and I was glad we had played it," O'Dette said. "It certainly was a crazy game with the penalties We got some more work on our penalty kill, especially 5-on-3, but we persevered.
We were down to four D at the end of the game (due to game misconduct penalties) and those guys were warriors. We played half the game with four D and a couple of forwards banged up. The guys dug deep and got it done. It was impressive to see."
Even if fans did have to wait around until 11:32 p.m. to catch the ending.