CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Ontario Reign (23-14-2-2, 50pts) skated to a 5-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors (10-29-4-1, 25pts) in a game that turned nasty at the end. A line brawl and several ensuing skirmishes led to a record 278 minutes in penalties, bringing a crowd of 5,188 fans to their feet at Rabobank Arena Saturday night.
In the third, the Reign put the game out of reach, adding a goal by LW Kevin Estrada at 4:13 to make it 4-0. The Condors got on the board at 8:02 when F Parker Stanfield slipped in his third of the season to make it 4-1. Another Ontario goal accounted for the final score at 13:58, but the game was far from ending.
A hard hit by F Ian McKenzie on the Reign’s Estrada sparked a brawl with just over a minute remaining in the game. Several fights broke out simultaneously, involving LW Jesse Gimblett, D Justin Pender, McKenzie and others from the Condors, plus a rousing tilt between both goaltenders. When play resumed, other fights broke out with LW Hans Benson and D Tyson Gimblett, and even Head Coach Matt O’Dette was ejected from the contest.
The record penalty minute total broke the previous record of 254, set one year ago to the day, on the road against the Alaska Aces… This was the final meeting of the ten-game season series… F Parker Stanfield has two of his three goals on the season this week, scoring on Wednesday as well… Shots on goal: BAK- 29, ONT- 31… PP: BAK 0/2, ONT 1/8… Three Stars: 1. Bagron (ONT), 2. McKenzie (BAK), 3. Stanfield (BAK).
Student IDs, Valentines & Space Jerseys next week
Friday Colorado comes to town for a two-game weekend series, and the first 2,000 kids 12 and under will get a set of Condors Valentines, sponsored by My 45, KERI 1410AM and Farmers Insurance. The Valentines feature Condors players and hockey-related sayings like “PUCK-er up” or “Don’t leave me shorthanded”!
Saturday the team will wear space jerseys for a Jersey Off Our Backs Night, sponsored by Bright House Networks, La Campesina 92.5, and Bud Light. Five of the jerseys will be given away for free and the rest will be auctioned off to benefit the Asthma and COPD Education Center.
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