BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Bakersfield Condors hit the ice Saturday night, taking on the Stockton Heat. They played on their home turf in their final game of the regular season, and they did not disappoint.
“Yeah, it's fun. It's definitely that big game feels like a big game for us, so I'm really proud of the team.” Condors forward Dylan Holloway said. “Yeah, it's just getting by on the night. It was a great team effort and really happy for all the guys that did part one.”
The Condors had their chances to take the lead early in the first period. With this win it means the team will face the Abbotsford Canucks in the first round of the playoffs, on Monday night, in a best of three series.
“I don't want to get emotional but, you know, this team, how much they've responded every time there's been either a bad game or something hard injuries, coaching changes, you name it down the list,” Condors interim head coach Colin Chaulk said. “And, you know, that was the message that we need to be who we are and we can trust our structure. But we've been waiting for moments like this all year. The adversity of this group has gone through so it was really amazing just to sit back and watch it.”
The big win wasn't the only standout moment of the night: Star Wars fans had get the chance to meet Bakersfield very own Jawa, Leilani Shiu. Leilani has been featured as a Jawa in Star Wars The Mandalorian and and The Book of Boba Fett.