Sometimes the game of hockey can be decided on a bounce.
For the Bakersfield Condors, Wednesday night in Stockton was a bad rebound to leave them on the verge of being eliminated in the Pacific Division Semifinals of the American Hockey League.
The Heat scored the winning goal with a tremendous rebound, finishing 7:02 in the third quarter, and Condor missed the equalizer in the final seconds of the 3-2 draw.
Stockton’s goal came when Emilio Pettersen threw the puck into the Bakersfield area in a landfill. Bakersfield goalkeeper Stuart Skinner went to the back to play puck, but he never got there, hit a post and took a 90-degree bounce. the goal was to race to return to the Skinner nets. Pettersen ran the race and put the puck into the net before Skinner set it up.
Condors pulled out an extra attack on Skinner in the final minutes and Tim Schaller’s right-back backhand was subdued by Stockton goalkeeper Dustin Wolf. Puck started to slam into the net, but a Stockton defender pushed back under Wolf just 5.5 seconds before the end of the threat.
Now Condor have to win on the ice of their home on Friday night at Mechanic’s Bank Arena to extend their best five series.
Stockton took a 2-1 lead at the start of the third and with 39 seconds left in the power play, Nick Simon’s shot from outside the right-footed circle escaped Skinner.
Condor tied the game at 1:09 a.m. with an aggressive pre-control by Esposito and Noah Philp in the left corner when Devin Brosseau recovered the puck. Brosseau skated in the groove, removed the puck from the stick while he was in the back, but turned and returned to the forehand and passed Wolf.
A first period of tight scoring turned into a wild second full of penalties, with eight small penalties and plenty of power play (in favor of the Five-Three Heat).
Despite playing all the special teams, the Heat played first in the five-game game, thanks to a Bakersfield turnover in their field.
Defender Filip Berglund tried to clear the puck with a bounce from the boards, but Alex Gallant stopped the puck, went in alone and beat Skinner in the left circle at 12:13.
Bakersfield tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:29 left Brad Malon, set to the right of the net, redirected a low Brendan Perlini wristband to the right spot.
The Condors were playing defenseless Philip Broberg, who took to skating in the morning but Edmonton recalled the Darnell Nurse after a stoppage time game in Los Angeles on Thursday night after a head injury in Edmonton on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere, the Edmonton Oilers signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carter Savoie. The first year (2021-22) will burn as the Oilers season continues. Savoie played his last two games of the regular season with the Condors, but can no longer play in the AHL because he was not with the team before the commercial period.
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