A slow start led to a frustrating finish for the Stockton Heat in front of its biggest crowd of the season.
The Heat surrendered two goals in the first 1 minute, 25 seconds, fought back, and ultimately fell 6-4 to the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. The crowd of 7,753 showed up for the franchise’s annual Star Wars night.
And there was plenty of fireworks early. Zach O’Brien and Joe Gambardella gave Bakersfield its quick 2-0 lead, but the Heat shook it off as Morgan Klimchuk and Spencer Foo were able to tie the game before the end of the first period.
But the Condors took control in the second with three goals by Patrick Russell, Caleb Jones and David Gust. Rod Pelley answered back for Stockton, but it trailed 5-3 after two periods.
“I don’t think we were ready to play,” Heat head coach Ryan Huska said. “The first two periods we didn’t play good hockey. We didn’t enough intensity, commitment on the puck to win the puck battles. I thought they were the better team for two periods. We weren’t all there tonight for a big portion of the game.”
Anderew Mangiapane made it interesting 42 seconds into the third period with his 20th goal of the season.
“He is a good hockey player and he is a guy that we rely on in all situations,” Huska said of Mangiapane. “He is playing with confidence and he believes he can be a difference maker for us and he has been for the most part this season and that has been huge for us this season.”
Gambardella scored an empty netter with 22 seconds left to ice the game for the Condors.
The heat plays host to the San Diego Gulls at 5 p.m. today.
Cal Poly 9-9, Pacific 0-1
At San Luis Obispo, Tyler Ryan went 2 for 4 for Pacific in the opener, and Nate Verlin had the only RBI for the Tigers (4-8) on the day.
Delta 4, Cosumnes River 3
At Delta, Taylor Ward had an RBI triple to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, and scored the winning run on a single by Gabby Olivas for the Mustangs (9-8, 4-0 Big 8). The second game of the doubleheader was rained out.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
UC Davis 13, Pacific 12
At Davis, the No. 7 Tigers (7-5) gave up the go-ahead goal to Emily Byrne with 1:48 remaining in overtime. Rachel Krieger had four goals to lead Pacific, and Kyra Christmas, Viktoria Szmodics and Karolina Hlavata had two goals apiece. The No. 13 Aggies are 14-7.
Tigers drop two
At Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pacific lost to Brown 4-3 and Lamar 4-2 at the Mountain Pacific Invitational. Ross Watson, Mikayel Khachatryn and Johnathan Lieu won singles matches against Brown. Tadiwa Chinamo and Bernardo Oliveira won for the Tigers against Lamar.