In the first two games of the season, Jujhar Khaira scored three times and assisted on another. He missed the next two games—but remained the top scorer on the team entering this afternoon’s action.
- Jujhar Khaira 2gp, 3-1-4
- Scott Allen 4gp, 2-1-3
- Taylor Beck 4gp, 0-3-3
- Joey Benik 4gp, 2-0-2
- Matt Benning 2gp, 1-1-2
- Patrick Russell 4gp, 0-2-2
- Ryan Hamilton 4gp, 0-2-2
- Jere Sallinen 4gp, 1-0-1
- David Musil 2gp, 0-1-1
- Jaedon Descheneau 4gp, 0-1-1
- Kyle Platzer 4gp, 0-1-1
- Joey Laleggia 4gp, 0-1-1
Four games, nine goals for and 12 against. Last in the Pacific and a long row to hoe—with little help on the way, seemingly. The penalty kill 73 percent, the power play 11 percent. The club had 129 shots for and had allowed 126, but it is difficult to find another positive offensively.
The Condors played the Barracuda this afternoon and shook things up, resting smaller players and bringing in Jujhar Kharia (who had been injured), Greg Chase and Joel Rechlicz.
- Ryan Hamilton—Khaira—Beck
- Ellis (Brossoit)
It was a helluva game, featuring 10 shots from Taylor Beck—who picked up an assist on a goal by Jujhar Khaira. The Condors got off to a strong start, leading 3-1 after one, but San Jose scored a goal in the second and added a third-period marker to send things to overtime, and then a shootout.
- Goal: Dillon Simpson (1) Asst: Patrick Russell (3), Jere Sallinen (1)
- Goal: Jujhar Khaira (4) Asst: Ryan Hamilton (3), Taylor Beck (4)
- Goal: Jordan Oesterle (1) Asst: Josh Currie (1), Ryan Hamilton (4)
My star of the game (based on numbers, I didn’t see it) would be Nick Ellis, who stopped 41 of 44 shots (.932). As we have discussed at length, the best prospects in the minors are Jujhar Khaira and college men. The draft picks from the CHL are becoming a distant bell. Scott Allen won it in the shootout for the Condors, a badly needed win for a struggling minor league team.
At some point, this club may see Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Tyler Pitlick and others return from the NHL when everyone gets healthy. For now, the goalies are going to be busy and the Condors are going to need to play their older players in feature roles if they expect to get wins.