The Condors did just about everything they needed to do to win a game on Tuesday night at Rabobak Arena except the most important detail: scoring more than the other team.
San Antonio goaltender Spencer Martin made a point-blank save on Ty Rattie midway through overtime and, a few seconds later, A.J. Greer beat Eddie Pasquale on an up-ice rush. The result was a 3-2 Rampage victory over Bakersfield.
Instead of snapping a five-game winless streak, the Condors are now 0-4-2 over their last six games.
The Condors out-shot the Rampage 37-21 and had the far better scoring chances throughout the night.
“We played well, we did everything but score more than they did,” said rookie defenseman Caleb Jones, who scored his first pro goal in the first period. “We played exactly the way we wanted to. We followed the game plan, but it just didn’t happen.
“We just have to keep playing the way we did tonight and we’ll win a lot of hockey games.”
Condors captain Ryan Hamilton put the Condors up 2-1, 8:15 into the third when he hit a wide-open net from the right edge off a feed from Zach O’Brien.
But the Rampage tied the game just over 90 seconds later when Andrew Agozzino skated out from behind the net to beat Pasquale, who got a piece of the puck but not enough of it.
“We had some great looks at the net, we’ve got to find a way to find the back of the net,” Condors coach Gerry Fleming said. “I thought their goaltender played well and I’m pretty sure Eddie would have liked to have that second one back.”
Jones’ first pro goal came off a one-timer from the point 3:58 into the game. It staked the Condors to an early lead.
Bakersfield was outshooting San Antonio 10-1 when the Rampage scored off a face-off in the Bakersfield zone. Jordan Schmaltz got wide open and finished a back-door play before Pasquale had a chance to slide across the crease.
The Condors out-shot the Rampage 17-5 in the second, including several Grade-A chances, but Martin proved unbeatable.
Spencer stopped Keegan Lowe from the slot at 8:10; Brian Ferlin, after a Ferlin steal with four minutes left; Patrick Russell from the left circle with 1:05 left; and Mitch Callahan from close range with 30 ticks left.
“Execute,” Fleming said of what the Condors need to do to score. “There were a couple of times tonight we missed the net, a couple of times we put it right in his belly and a couple times he made some good saves.
“When you’re not scoring you’ve got to get your nose over the puck in the blue paint and whack and whack and score some ugly goals.”
- Condors defenseman Ryan Stanton was called up to the Edmonton Oilers after the game, leaving the Condors with just five healthy defensemen
- Earlier on Tuesday the Oilers put rookie Russian defenseman Ziyat Paigin, who was with the Condors, on unconditional waivers. Paigin, who did not play in the last three games, had no points in seven games. The big (6-foot-6) seventh-round draft pick has a cannon of a shot, but a wild one. His skating also leaves room for improvement.
- Mark Fayne and Ethan Bear are out with injuries and Condors coach Gerry Fleming said the team would be getting two more defesemen from the ECHL.
- The Condors will head to San Diego on Thursday, arriving in plenty of time for a team Thanksgiving dinner before Friday night’s game against the Gulls.