It didn't take long for the Bakersfield Condors to return to their winning ways.

Twenty-four hours after having their 17-game winning streak snapped, the Condors downed the San Jose Barracuda, 5-2, in front of an announced crowd of 6,004 at Rabobank Arena.

Saturday night's matchup between the top two teams in the AHL's Pacific Division was never in doubt.

Bakersfield scored a pair of power-play goals during the game's first five minutes and nine seconds, setting the table for a one-sided victory.

The win extended the Condors division lead to five points.

"It was an important game for us because we exhausted a lot of emotional capital for that win streak," Condor's coach Jay Woodcroft said. "I thought we played an excellent game (on Friday night). We just ran into a hot goaltender. I was anxious to see how the team would respond. I was pleased with the team effort tonight. Our goaltending was excellent. Our special teams was fantastic, and we found some goal scoring from unusual suspects, which was great."

Bakersfield, which entered the night three points ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division, led 4-0 heading into the third period.

Two early penalties, one for delay of game and one for too many men on the ice, proved costly for San Jose, which allowed two short-handed goals in the first period.

Less than two minutes into the game Cooper Marody's 13th goal of the season gave Bakersfield a 1-0 lead.

The 6-foot, 190-pound center out-fought several defenders for a rebound in front of the net and slapped it past San Jose goaltender Josef Korenar.

The Condors power play unit struck again three minutes later when Kailer Yamamoto redirected a Tyler Benson shot from the top of the circle into the back of the net.

It was the second assist of the game for Benson, who leads AHL rookies in assists with 37. Marody, another first-year player, also assisted on Yamamoto's goal. He ranks third in the league among rookies in assists with 30.

Bakersfield's special teams came up big again in the second period, as they killed off a five-on-three San Jose advantage.

Not long after the Condors returned to even-strength, they extended their lead to 3-0 on a rebound goal by Cameron Hebig.

The goal marked the end of a long dry spell by Hebig. The 21-year old rookie left wing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, tallied 10 goals prior to Dec. 19, but hadn't scored since then.

Later in the period Bakersfield put a stranglehold on the Barracuda, extending its lead to 4-0 on Luke Esposito's third goal of the season.

Joe Gambardella scored his team-leading 26th goal in the third period to make it 5-0.

The Barracuda's scored a pair of goals during the game's final 95 seconds for the final margin.

"We went out; we executed and tonight the bounces went our way and we got the two points," Woodcroft said. "But for us, as important as the result is, we put a lot of importance and emphasis and doing things right on a daily basis."

Bakersfield goaltender Shane Starrett, the AHL leader in goals against average, finished with 32 saves, including 11 in the first period.

Up next for the Condors is a three-game road trip to Northern California, where they will play Stockton once and San Jose twice.

Bakersfield has just 15 games left to play in the regular season.

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