The San Diego Gulls beat the Condors 5-1 on Wednesday, putting Bakersfield on the brink of missing the American Hockey League playoffs for the second straight year.
The Ontario Reign kept the Condors alive on Wednesday, beating the Stockton Heat 3-2 in overtime.
Stockton is four points ahead of Bakersfield for the final playoff spot. The Condors travel to Stockton on Friday.
If the Condors beat the Heat in regulation on Friday, the final slot in the Pacific Division would be decided Saturday, when the Condors host San Jose on Saturday and Stockton hosts Tucson.
Bakersfield would need a win in regulation or overtime while the Heat would have to lose in regulation to reach the playoffs on a tiebreaker over the Heat.
But the Condors are hardly playing like a playoff contender.
The loss on Wednesday was their fifth in the last seven games. That streak came after the Condors climbed seven games above .500 with an 11-3-0 run from Feb. 18 through March 25.
The Gulls never trailed and locked up the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division.
Keaton Thompson put the Gulls up 1-0 11:09 into the first, but the Condors answered quickly when Josh Currie’s 19th goal of the season tied the game at 14:37.
Nick Sorenson scored on a breakaway 15:12 into the second to put the Gulls up 2-1, and Kevin Roy’s goal five minutes into made it 3-1.
Antoine Laganiere hit an empty net with 1:12 left to seal the win, and Tyler Morley scored with one second left.
The Condors outshot the Gulls 36-25. Nick Ellis stopped 20 of 24 shots in the loss.