Goaltender Ryan Faragher was unable to repeat the success of his debut with the San Diego Gulls, allowing five goals in slightly more than 1 1/2 periods in a 6-4 loss to the Bakersfield Condors Friday night in Bakersfield.
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The Condors, the Edmonton Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate, took a 5-1 lead eight minutes, 29 seconds into the second period as Dillon Simpson, Greg Chase and Josh Currie all scored their first goals of the season, Anton Slepyshev scored a power-play goal and Kale Kessy scored his fourth goal of the season.
Gulls coach Dallas Eakins replaced Faragher with Jeff Lerg with 6:28 left in the second period. The Gulls announced Lerg’s signing to a professional tryout contract earlier today.
Matt Hackett, who became the Gulls No. 1 goaltender following the Nov. 24 recall of John Gibson by the Anaheim Ducks, their NHL parent team, did not dress for his second consecutive game because of what Sam Kieckhefer, the Gulls communications manager, described as an upper-body injury.
Faragher stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in his debut with the Gulls in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Ontario Reign. Faragher allowed five goals in 20 shots against Bakersfield.
The Gulls cut the deficit to 5-3 with 8:01 left in the third period on Shea Theodore’s power-play goal and Antoine Laganiere’s goal. Andrew Miller scored an empty-net goal for the Condors with 1:08 to play.
Joseph Cramarossa scored for the Gulls with 36 seconds left. Nic Kerdiles scored the Gulls first goal on the power-play at 18:48 of the first period.
— City News Service
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