Abbotsford Canucks begin playoffs with a 2-1 overtime loss against Bakersfield

Canucks are now at the brink of elimination from best-of-3 series. Game 2 is Wednesday night

Abbotsford Canucks begin playoffs with a 2-1 overtime loss against Bakersfield

Canucks are now at the brink of elimination from best-of-3 series. Game 2 is Wednesday night

Spencer Martin almost did what he did many times during the regular season: steal a game for Abbotsford Canucks. He was only 30 seconds away before the Condors solved his puzzle.

After Vasily Podkolzin's third period goal, Condors star Seth Griffith scored the tie-breaking goal with Bakersfield's goalie.

The Condors took advantage of an unusual overtime power play, and Tim Schaller set up James Hamblin to score a goal and take a 1-0 series lead.

Abbotsford was not in the game they deserved by the end of the third period. Bakersfield outshot Abbotsford 20-7 in the first period and 11-6 in second, before Abbotsford took control in the third.

Martin was faced with 47 shots, while Abbotsford had 31. Stuart Skinner, Condors goalie, played a strong game. The Canucks were able to win because of Martin's amazing play in the first and second periods.

Nic Petan was the Canucks' top scorer with five goals, while John Stevens and Guillaume Brisebois each had four.

Abbotsford is on the verge of elimination. Tomorrow's game will be a crucial one. It starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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