It took seven meetings, 425 minutes of hockey plus a shootout.
But the Condors finally have a win over the Stockton Heat.
Joey LaLeggia and Ty Rattie scored in a shootout on Friday night and Eddie Pasquale stopped both Stockton shooters as the Condors beat the Heat 4-3 before 4,406 at Rabobank Arena.
The Condors, 8-9-2, were 0-6 against the Heat heading into Friday night’s game.
“It was a little scary there in the third, but it feels good,” said defenseman Ryan Mantha, who put the Condors up 1-0 in the first with his first professional goal. “It’s good knowing we can beat them. Every time we’ve played them we’ve always been in the games, so it’s good to finally [get] the win.
“I think we’re heading in the right direction. We were talking about it this morning, we’re 7-3 (7-3-2) against other teams. We just couldn’t get a win against Stockton so it’s nice to finally do that and hopefully we can keep things going.”
The Condors saw a 2-0 lead evaporate less than four minutes into the third as the Heat scored a pair of goals in a 13-second span.
First, Tyler Wotherspoon beat Pasquale glove side on a harmless-looking wrister from the left circle at 3:07. Then, Joseph Cramarossa got one past Pasquale from the right dot at 3:20.
The Condors quickly responded to go up 3-2 when Patrick Russell redirected a shot by Keegan Lowe at 4:21 for his fifth of the season.
But the Heat came back to make it 3-3 on a Morgan Klimchuk goal at 9:28.
As they did in a 3-1 loss to the Heat on Thursday, the Condors controlled first-period play and came away with a 1-0 lead as Mantha scored just seconds after a Condors power-play expired, beating Eddie Lack with a backhander at 15:17.
Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead eight minutes into the second when Zach O’Brien fired a rebound from the slot.
Condors defenseman Ryan Stanton was recalled to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday after placing Adam Larsson on injured reserve. It is the second call up for Stanton in a week. He was called up on Nov. 22, did not play and returned to the Condors on Nov. 23. Also, the Oilers acquired Nathan Walker on waivers from Washington and placed winger Iiro Pakarinen on waivers for purpose of assignment to Bakersfield. Pakarinen played nine games for the Condors (1g, 3a) over the past two seasons. He has one assist in 18 games with Edmonton this season.