Bakersfield goaltender Nick Ellis makes a first-period save on Friday night with teammate Dillion Simpson and a Stockton Heat player in front of him. The Condors lost the American Hockey League opener, 4-1. 

Courtesy of Stockton Heat

The Bakersfield Condors fired plenty of shots Friday night against the Stockton Heat in the American Hockey League opener for both teams.

They just had a tough time getting pucks past Jon Gillis.

Gillis stopped 43 shots as the Heat beat the Condors 4-1 in Stockton Arena.

Bakersfield’s lone goal came from defenseman Ethan Bear, who tied the game 1-1 with eight minutes left in the second. It was the first professional goal for Bear, coming on a wrist shot from the point.

That goal came two minutes after Andrew Mangiapane put the Heat up 1-0 on a power-play goal.

Stockton’s Mark Jankowski scored a short-handed goal at 17:19 of the second to make it 2-1 and added another goal midway through the third.

Stockton got an empty-net goal at the buzzer.

Nick Ellis got the loss for the Condors, stopping 19 shots.

The Condors open the home portion of their schedule on Thursday night against San Antonio. Game time is 6:30.

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