STOCKTON, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls recorded their first victory in franchise history against the Bakersfield Condors Saturday night with a final score of 6-5 at the Cow Palace.
Kevin Baker opened the scoring in the first period with a goal at 4:17, his second for the season. Bakersfield came back in the middle of the period with two goals separated by just over two minutes. Robby Dee scored his second for the season, followed by a power play goal from Olivier Dame-Malka.
The second period saw the bulk of the scoring, evening the score at the end of the period at five apiece. Bulls’ goals came off the sticks of Dean Ouellet, Matt Carter, Justin Bowers, and Thomas Beauregard (power play) while Condor’s goals were scored by Zach Cohen (power play), David Toews (short-handed) and Levi Nelson (power play).
The winning power play goal came from Bulls’ Sacha Guimond just 50-seconds into the third period. Despite a five minute power play and two minutes of a three-on-five advantage, the Bulls managed to hold the Condors at bay to earn their first historical win before a home crowd of 3,859.
Condor’s goaltender Scott Greenham took to loss turning away 28 shots, while Taylor Nelson earned his first victory in his first professional game with 16 saves.
Bowers recorded four points in the game, while Baker, Guimond and Ouellet each chalked up multi-point games.
Condors Nelson registered his second consecutive multi-point game in the loss.
Special teams took advantage for both teams as the Condors were three for five and two of four for the Bulls.
The Condors return home for their home opener on Sunday, October 14 against Las Vegas, while the Bulls will hit the road for their next nine games, through the end of the month. The Bulls next game will be in Ontario on Wednesday, October 17.
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