The Tucson Roadrunners kept streaking and the Bakersfield Condors, minus Jesse Puljujarvi who was recalled to the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the day, had a modest unbeaten streak come to a halt on Friday night.
Tucson broke open a tight game the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Condors in Tucson. The Roadrunners (7-1-2-0) have not lost in regulation since opening night.
Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick in the 2106 NHL Entry draft, had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) with the Condors and got the call up after Anton Slepyshev was placed on injured reserve.
The Oilers face the New York Rangers today at 10 a.m.
“We’ll likely play him in the top six, we’ll look for his shot and his ability to score,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said of Puljujarvi. “We’ll see if he’s been able to work on some of the things we asked him to defensively and his checking skills.
“It’s an opportunity for him. He’s not going to be our saviour. Everybody else has to contribute and help him feel comfortable here for him to have success and for us to have success.”
The Condors had a bit of success last week, going 2-0-1 to finish a five-game homestand but any chance for a win in Tucson ended seven minutes into the second period when Emerson Etem scored a short-handed goal off a turnover to put the Roadrunners up 4-2. Tucson added two more in the period, outshooting the Condors 22-3.
Ryan Hamilton and Kyle Platzer, just up from the ECHL, each got their first goal of the season for the Condors and Josh Currie also scored.
The Condors gave up a season-high 42 shots on goal with Nick Ellis stopping 36 for the loss.
The two teams play again tonight at 6.