What a difference 10 days makes.
Back on Oct. 19, Condors coach Matt O’Dette was flush with forwards.
Now the Condors are down to nine healthy front liners, one less than teams can dress for games.
First came a finger injury to Robbie Dee on Oct. 19 which has caused him to miss four straight games. He is not expected back until next week at the earliest.
Also, in that game Alex Hudson took a puck in the face, lost some teeth and gained a lot of stitches. He has not missed any games as he is playing with a full face cage.
Forward Tyler Brenner was assigned to the team on Oct. 20 by Toronto so the Condors still had enough forwards that a couple of guys had to watch from the stands.
Last Wednesday, Tyler Helfrich, who led the Condors in scoring as a rookie last season, announced that he was retiring from the game.
Then Brett Perlini went down hard late in Saturday night’s game against Stockton at Rabobank Arena with what coach Matt O’Dette said was a concussion. It turned out to be more than just that as on Monday O’Dette reported Perlini suffered a broken jaw which O’Dette expects will keep him out at least six weeks.
On Sunday, leading goal scorer (four) Parker Stanfield was hurt late in the game at Stockton and on Monday he had his left arm in a sling at the annual Condors charity golf tournament at Bakersfield Country Club. O’Dette said Stanfield has a strained AC joint and will be out at least two weeks.
“I guess it’s time to play GM again,” said O’Dette, who said he was going to assess his options and see if he needed to bring in another player.
But that was for later, Monday was the 15th annual Condors charity golf tournament and all the healthy players, along with O’Dette and assistant coach Kevin Barrett, were spraying balls around the Bakersfield Country Club on a warm fall day.
“It’s a good day for golf,” O’Dette said.