ONTARIO, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors (6-14-1-2, 15pts) got 40 impressive saves from G Brian Stewart, but could not overcome three first period Ontario Reign (15-5-1-0, 31pts) goals and fell by a 4-2 margin on Friday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Three goals in the span of 1:31 of the first period gave the the Reign a 3-0 lead after one period. F Dan DaSilva finished off a backdoor feed at 4:24 to make it 1-0. D Vincent LoVerde hopped up on an odd-man rush to make it 2-0 at 5:45. Then off the ensuing faceoff, F Colton Yellow Horn raced into the Condors zone and beat Stewart to make it 3-0, just 10 seconds after the LoVerde goal. Bakersfield had late chances, but were held scoreless. The Reign outshot the Condors, 14-11.
Feeling the momentum from an early second period D Trevor Hendrikx fight, the Condors cut into the lead with a goal from C Levi Nelson at the 9:51 mark. After forcing a turnover in the neutral zone, Nelson walked into the right-wing circle and snapped his sixth goal of the season under the crossbar. It would stay 3-1 after two periods as Ontario outshot Bakersfield, 17-8.
The Condors cut the lead to 3-2 on the power play when F Peter Boyd found a loose puck in the crease and banged it home at the 6:04 mark of the third period. However, that was as close as the Condors would get as F Derek Couture tacked on a late power-play goal to make it a 4-2 final for the Reign.
Tonight’s box score: click here
C Levi Nelson’s second period goal was his sixth of the season, tied for the team-high… D Trevor Hendrikx fight in the second period was his fifth of the season, second on the team… Ontario G J-F Berube started against the Condors for the first time since fighting former Condor G Bryan Pitton on 1/28/12… The Condors scratched RW Tyler Brenner (inj.), F David Toews (inj.), F Brett Perlini (inj.) and D Olivier Dame-Malka (inj.)… Shots on goal: BAK – 26 , ONT – 44 … Power plays: BAK- 1/6 , ONT – 0/4 … Three Stars: #1 Yellow Horn (ONT), #2 LoVerde (ONT), #3 Stewart (BAK)
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Condors home Sunday for money-saving football team promotion
The team returns home after three straight on the road to host Favorite Football Team Night, sponsored by 98.5 The Fox and Aera Energy. If fans wear their favorite NFL, college or high school jersey to the game, the number of wins that team has this season is the number of dollars your lower level ticket will cost. Or donate a coat at the game and get an upper level ticket for just $1. Fans can also hit the ice for a free skate with the team after the game.