Morency’s hat trick paces Condors win, 5-4
Bakersfield sits alone in first place with the victory
Bakersfield, Calif. - RW Pascal Morency recorded three goals to boost the Bakersfield Condors (4-3-0-0, 8pts) over the Alaska Aces (5-2-0-0, 10pts) by a score of 5-4 and into first place in the Pacific Division in front of 3,034 fans on Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena.
Bakersfield exploded to take control of the game in the second period, as Morency cracked the Aces shutout streak with a goal just 15 seconds into the period. It was followed up by two more goals in the next 1:21 seconds, the first from C Rylan Kaip and the next by D Joey Ryan, as the Condors rocketed to a 3-1 advantage in the second. F Chris Langkow brought the Aces back to within one, until Morency added his second of the night with a one-timer after a faceoff win in the final two minutes . The Condors led 4-2 going into the third period.
Langkow kept the Aces within striking range when he put home his second of the night on a power play halfway through the third period to draw the Aces back to within a goal. Morency answered once again by scoring into an empty net with just over a minute left in the game. The Aces made it interesting by scoring with the goalie pulled, but the Condors killed off a late period penalty to skate away with the 5-4 victory.
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