The Stockton Heat started fast with the game’s first goal during their opener on Sept. 27, but a strong scoring stretch from the Bakersfield Condors allowed the home team to take control of the contest en route to an 8-3 victory in the team’s preseason opener Friday night at Mechanics Bank Arena. Zac Leslie got the scoring going, finding the back of the net 7:24 into the contest before the Condors rattled off four unanswered. The teams then traded goals, with Luke Philp cutting the deficit to 4-2 and Adam Tambellini lighting the lamp to make the score 5-3 in favor of Bakersfield, before the home team scored three-straight to end the night. Special teams played a big role in the contest, with the Heat scoring three times on the man-advantage but conceding two short-handed goals.