San Diego Gulls goalkeeper Lukas Dostal had no chance in the first minute of extra time in Bakersfield on Sunday. There was a miss in the middle of the ice, a quick pass from the right wing to the left and suddenly the puck was in his net and the game was over.
The Bakersfield Condors rallied for a 3-2 win over the Seagulls in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Game 3 of the Best of 3 series is Monday in Bakersfield. The winner will advance to play the Henderson, Nevada Silver Knights for the Pacific Division Championship.
Without Dostal, a 20-year-old from the Czech Republic, the Seagulls might not have made it to OT in Game 2. He scored two saves in two nights after making 39 saves in an initial 5-3 win in Game 1 with a four-point game from Trevor Zegras, a 20-year-old center.
Zegras and defender Jamie Drysdale (19) had an impact in Game 2, but not as much as in Game 1. Zegras and Drysdale, who had two assists on Friday, were saved without a point on Sunday. The condors used an aggressive pre-check that slowed the seagulls down.
San Diego had the chance to end the game early, but couldn’t click a 5v3 powerplay in the first few minutes. The Möwen built a 2-1 lead over goals from Benoit-Olivier Grouxl and Trevor Carrick at the end of the first half. Cooper Marody had the Condors’ target.
After a goalless second period, the Seagulls failed to extend their lead in the third period and Luke Esposito connected them with 7:20 in regulation for Bakersfield. A moment earlier, Dostal rescued to deny Adam Cracknell a shot from close range of 5:56 in the third half.
Dostal was shaken by the game after Bakersfield’s Seth Griffith fell into him during the Torschlund fight. Dostal went back to work after a few minutes to calm down. He couldn’t stop Esposito’s shot that bound him or Griffith’s winner 49 seconds before TDC.
It was not immediately certain whether Dostal would start the winning all-rounder game 3 or whether Olle Eriksson Ek would have his first playoff appearance. Eriksson Ek, the younger brother of Joel Eriksson Ek of the Minnesota Wild, was 8-6-1 in 15 regular season games.