When Seth Griffith passed up a chance to put the puck in the net, he put his name in the Bakersfield Condors’ record book instead.
The veteran winger from Wallaceburg tied the team record with four assists in an 8-6 win over the Ontario Reign on Saturday in the American Hockey League in Bakersfield, Calif.
Griffith, 28, had a chance to seal the comeback win with an empty-netter, but he chose to feed Joe Gambardella for the goal.
“To see the play he made at the end of the game, that’s the definition of a good teammate,” Condors head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “That’s the definition of someone who’s unselfish. As a coach behind the bench, when you see that type of thing, I’m proud and excited for the group because it means they really do care for each other.”
The Condors trailed 6-3 after two periods, but they scored five unanswered goals in the third. Griffith set up the final three.
Griffith has 10 points in 17 games in his first season with the Condors, the Edmonton Oilers’ top farm club.
“His personal game is really coming,” Woodcroft said. “He’s finding himself on the scoresheet, he’s finding himself getting double-shifted, playing huge minutes and it’s for a reason. It’s because he’s playing the game the right way.
“It took him a little while to adjust to the way we wanted the game to be played, but I really thought he’s come on here in the last couple weeks. He’s been a big reason behind the turnaround in terms of the wins for our team.”
Griffith had only two points in his first nine games, but the former AHL all-star has one goal and seven assists in his last eight games.
The Condors are 10-1-0-1 in their last 12 games.