The Bakersfield Condors fell on their home ice, 5-4 in overtime, to the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday.
It was a back-and-forth game.
Bakersfield took a 1-0 lead off a Tyler Vesel goal just over eight minutes into the contest and a 2-1 advantage early in the second period when Tyler Benson buried his 12th of the year.
San Diego eventually tied the score and went ahead 3-2 at the outset of the third period when Kiefer Sherwood found the back of the net at the 2:11 mark.
The Condors went back in front 4-3 at the 4:06 mark of the third, when William Lagesson and Mitch Callahan scored under a minute apart. San Diego eventually tied the score on an Any Welinski goal 8:39 into the period.
Sam Steel ultimately scored the winner at 1:58 of OT.
Bakersfield (36-17-3-1) remains in first place in the Pacific Division with 76 points. San Diego is tied with San Jose and Colorado for second with 68 points apiece.
The Condors are back in action Saturday, scheduled for a 7 p.m. home game against Ontario.