BOISE-- The Idaho Steelheads found plenty of offense in regulation of Saturday night's game against Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the Condors had a little bit more, and beat the Steelheads 6-5 by way of a shootout.
The game looked like it might get off to a late start when a glass panel was shattered in the Bakersfield zone during warm ups. But the crew at CenturyLink arena was able to replace the panel quickly, and the puck dropped with no delay.
Once the game got started, neither team disappointed the crowd on offense. Idaho started the scoring off in the first period when Jake Hauswirth slipped a break away shot underneath the blocker of goal tender Bryan Pitton. But the Condors countered with a first period goal of their own when Tyler Helfrich redirected a hard shot from the point on a power play to tie the game.
The second and third periods featured plenty of goals from both teams, but it was Bakersfield that got a goal from Erik Burgdoerfer with 54 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. Neither team could find the net in the extra period, forcing a shootout.
The Condors got all three goals in the shootout, and net minder Bryan Pitton denied all three Idaho shooters to secure the win.
The Steelheads will now go on the road to face Ontario on Tuesday.