How about those comeback Condors?
For the second straight night, the Condors fell behind 2-0. And for the second straight night, a strong third period propelled them to a come-from-behind victory.
It was the Ty Rattie show in the third period on Thursday night at Rabobank Arena, as he had three goals and an assist to help the Condors to a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars before a boisterous crowd of 5,319.
Eddie Pasquale stopped 31 shots to get the win for the Condors, who improved to 5-4-0-0.
The Condors scored four goals in the third period in a 5-2 win over Manitoba on Wednesday, and upped that with a team-record five-goal output on Thursday.
The Condors had generated just 13 shots through the first period and didn’t seem to have anything going against the Stars, who led 2-0 after 40 minutes.
That all changed 2:16 into the third when Rattie fired a point-blank shot on goal before Joey LaLeggia hammered in the rebound to finally bring the crowd to life.
“It’s a weird game,” Rattie said of the difference between the first two periods and the third. “The first goal, we get a bounce off the glass and I kind of make a little move in front. One goal and the floodgates started opening.
“It’s amazing how much confidence (you get) and how much better you feel after the first goal. It helped out our team a lot. After that it was all Condors.”
Rattie drew the Condors even at 8:49 when he broke in all alone on a power play and beat Mike McKenna.
Joe Gambardella put the Condors up 3-2 at 12:09 and Rattie notched another power-play goal at 14:07 to pretty much ice the game. He completed his hat trick by firing the puck from the top of the left circle in the defensive zone into an empty net with three minutes to play.
“He scored some nice goals, some timely goals,” Condors coach Gerry Fleming said of Rattie. “More importantly, he was really moving his feet in the third. You could just tell he had a lot of energy. Good execution. I think he was just playing a lot quicker in the third than he was in the first two periods.
“He was impressive to watch sitting behind the bench and hopefully he can build off those successes and continue to grow as a player.”
As exciting as the third was for the Condors, the first two periods were a different story.
Brian Flynn scored for Texas 1:33 into the game off a Condors defensive-zone turnover and Bakersfield managed just five shots in the first 20 minutes.
Flynn made it 2-0 midway through the second on a goal that the referee behind the net waived off as he signaled the puck was hit with a high stick. The two referees then met and it was ruled a good goal.
“Credit to them,” Fleming said of Texas. “They came in and took it to us. We maybe got off to a little slow start. We played last night, they were coming in fresh. They’re a good team. They play quickly, not only with their speed but they move the puck quickly, their execution is good and we were a little bit overwhelmed with our young D.”
Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli was in town to keep tabs on the Condors last Saturday night and Assistant GM Keith Gretzky was here Wednesday and Thursday. Gretzky was joined by Rick Carrriere, director of player development, on Thursday….Defensemen Mark Fayne and Ethan Bear were both injured in Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over Manitoba and did not play. Fayne, playing in his first game since the second game of the year, re-aggravated a lower body injury. Bear left in the first period on Wednesday night and is in concussion protocol. Both are listed as day-to-day….The Condors wrap up a five-game homestand on Saturday against Manitoba.