Scoring goals has been a problem much of the season for the Condors and that trend continued on Sunday evening at Rabobank Arena.
The Condors had a chance to pull to .500 but instead fell two games under that mark, falling to San Jose 2-1.
“We definitely had our opportunities in the first period,” lamented a very unhappy Condors coach Gerry Fleming. “They hadn’t played all week so our plan was to get on them, which I thought we did a good job. We just can’t score any goals.”
Bskersfield’s newest player, winger Iiro Pakarinen who was just sent down from Edmonton, scored a power-play goal on a wrister from the left circle, 11:51 into the first to put the Condors up 1-0.
But San Jose answered with its own power-play goal when Cavan Fitzgerald’s shot from the left point sailed by Eddie Pasquale.
A Condors' turnover in the San Jose zone in the third period led to an odd-man rush and the game winning goal by Manuel Wiederer. Wiederer raced down the left side, cut into the slot and scored from just outside the goal crease.
“Our third period tonight isn’t how we like to play, it’s pretty unacceptable,” said Joey LaLeggia. “We stopped doing what we do, stopped moving our feet. We just thought things were going to come for us. It hasn’t been that way all year and we shouldn’t have expected it to be that way in the third.”
The Condors out shot the Barracuda 31-20.
“We’ve got to find a way to find the back of the net,” Fleming said. “Our skill guys aren’t very skilled right now and our … yeah, we have to be better in all facets of the game.”
Pasquale has been inconsistent in net, making some huge saves while giving up soft goals as well.
But when a team is struggling to score — the Condors are in the bottom five in the AHL at just 2.60 goals per game — giving up an extra goal here is tough to overcome.
“It’s a tough loss,” LaLeggia said. “A lot of us, me especially included, need to start putting the puck in the net on a consistent basis and helping our team win.”
Condors defenseman Ryan Stanton is racking up some frequent flyer miles. He flew to Detroit to meet the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 21, sat in the stands for a game on Nov. 22 and was reassigned to the Condors on Nov. 23. He was recalled to Edmonton on Friday, was in the stands there for a Saturday night game and will now be joining the Condors in Texas on Monday as they begin a five-game road trip with a game against San Antonio on Tuesday.
Brad Malone assisted on Pakarinen’s goal to extend his point streak to five games.
Condors captain Ryan Hamilton missed his second straight game due in injury and will not make the Texas trip.