Thunder finished because it couldn’t finish

It was a fine run by the Thunder in the playoffs, it played hard and swept a higher seed in the first round of the playoffs.

But it didn’t get out of the second round because it couldn’t close the deal when it had the lead against Bakersfield.

The Condors won 5-3 on Saturday, won the Western Conference semifinals in 5 games and move on to meet Alaska. Considering all the injuries the Thunder had to deal with, including the loss of captain Garet Hunt, it’s hard to be too tough on Stockton.

But what has to irk coach Rich Kromm and his players is that they had the lead in three of the games they lost. Stockton lead 2-0 in Game 1, and lost 3-2. It had a one-goal lead with less than eight minutes left in Game 4, and lost 2-1. And finally, the Thunder built a 3-0 advantage in Game 5, but went down 5-3.

That’s tough. The one that hurts the most is the opening game. Win that, and it’s a completely different series.

Give the Condors credit. They known how to rally, and should be congratulated. We’ll see if they can handle the high-powered Aces.

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    Scott Linesburgh

    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he covers the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, and has spent more than a quarter century reporting various other sports on the high ... Read Full
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