The Bakersfield Condors rolled out the red carpet Saturday evening for its opening weekend against the San Jose Barracuda.
The Condors greeted dozens of fans, took pictures and signed autographs as a thank you for their support.
Despite leading in shots on goal the entire game, the Condors fell to the Barracuda, 5-1 at Rabobank Arena.
Both teams came into tonight’s game with a win under their belt. San Jose defeated Ontario Reign, 4-1 at home. While the Condors took a 8-1 win over Stockton Heat Friday night.
The first period was scoreless. The Condors led with shots on goal, 14-9. But, it was San Jose, who was first on the board in the second period.
The Barracuda capitalized on that momentum with two more goals to end the second, 3-0.
In the third and final period, Condors Josh Currie was able to sneak one in to get the Condors on the board, 3-1.
But San Jose’s lead proved to be too much after another two points by the Barracuda.
“They found a way to break us down just on the sheer fact that we were killing too much,” said head coach Jay Woodcroft. “I thought they were stronger on their sticks than we were. They were more competitive in the second period than we were and slowly started to take the game over.”
The Condors are now 1-1 in season play. They will hit the road next week for a rematch against San Jose.