It was a strange start time for a hockey game — midnight Monday morning in Las Vegas, but a typical game for the Condors with a familiar theme: a pretty good first period and then a downhill slide.
Make that a nose-first dive. At warp speed.
Bakersfield (7-17-1-2) has now lost three in a row and nine of their last 11.
The Condors avoided being shut out for the first time this season when Tyler Brenner redirected a shot by Francis Meilleur with just over 11 minutes left.
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Condors left the ice after 40 minutes down 5-zip — the largest deficit the Condors have faced this season.
It was a night where the Wranglers padded their stat sheets — a hat trick for Scott Pitt, who was playing his first game for Las Vegas (all of those goals coming in the second period) and four assists for Eric Lampe.
--Missing from action for the Condors was center Robby Dee, who had one goal and one assist (both in the same game) in the past 13 games.
--The Condors were out shot 39-26 and have now been out shot in 22 straight games.
--There was a scout from Winnipeg Jets watching the game as was ECHL director of officiating Joe Earnst.
--The 100 or so Condors fans in the building, boisterous in the first period, were lifeless as the game wore on.
--Drunks really aren't funny, though they probably think they are at 2:30 a.m.