The Condors could not get anything going, the Stockton Heat did and that was the difference on Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
Stockton’s Marek Hrivik had a pair of goals and AHL leading scorer Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and an assist as the Heat beat the Condors 3-0 before 3,595.
Friday night’s game was the start of a five-game homestand, the longest of the season, and the Condors host the Heat again tonight at 7.
“We didn’t have it right from the opening faceoff tonight,” Condors coach Gerry Fleming said. “It was just one of those games. We blew a couple of tires right off the opening draw, a turnover. It was just a calamity of errors tonight.
“You can’t just single one guy or one aspect of our game, whether it was our special teams, whether it was our D, our forwards or goaltending. We were flat.”
The Condors were coming off a pair of wins in Ontario last weekend, but have now been held scoreless in their last two games on home ice.
“Different teams, Ontario (0-6) and Stockton (5-2-0-1) are different teams, obviously,” Fleming said. “They moved the puck from their D to their forwards quickly. We didn’t get any sustained forecheck. We couldn’t move our puck from our D to our forwards, just too much separation there.
“At the end of the day they outworked us, they outscored us and they won the game.”
Hrivik put the Heat up 3:47 into the first, as the Condors yielded the first goal for the fourth time in six games.
The Condors started the second period with a penalty kill and had a chance to even the game on a power-play midway through the period but generated a lone shot.
The game turned on a turnover a minute after the power play expired when Dillon Simpson’s attempted outlet pass was batted down and the end result was Mangiapane rifling a shot from the slot past Eddie Pasquale at 12:47. It was Mangiapane’s fifth goal and 14th point in eight games.
The Heat ended any doubt of who was going to come away with the win three minutes into the third when Hrivik blasted a shot into the net from the left circle on a power play.
Jon Gillies stopped 34 shots for his first shutout of the season while Pasquale stopped 29 for the Condors.
Fleming started mixing his forward lines up in the second and the juggling continued the rest of the game.
“It was just one of those nights where we didn’t have anything going for us,” Fleming said.
Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was on hand for the game and presented goaltender Nick Ellis his AHL award for being named goaltender of the week during the first intermission.
The Condors had just two power-play opportunities in the game, but are now 0-17 on the season.
Tonight is pirate sword giveaway with the first 2,000 kids 12-and-under receiving a free sword and eye patch just in time for Halloween. Plus, they can get their picture taken with Captain Jack Sparrow at the Condors photo booth.
Defenseman Ryan Mantha and left wing Mitch Callahan will be in the Bakersfield Marriott post-game autograph booth following tonight’s game.
Mike Griffith can be reached at 661 395-7390. Follow him on Twitter: @mikegriffith54