Carroll, Knackstedt score in Condors loss

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (29-26-2-3, 63pts) fought back after falling behind early, but surrendered four unanswered goals to the Ontario Reign (40-17-2-3, 85pts) and fell 6-2 on Friday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena. It was just the Condors first regulation loss in their last six games against the Pacific Division-leading Reign.
1st Period
  • Ontario goal: F Rocco Carzo finished off a feed at the top of the crease. Time of goal: 1:16; Reign lead, 1-0
  • Ontario goal: F Matt White found the back of the net off a rebound from the slot. Time of goal: 8:16; Reign lead, 2-0
  • CONDORS goal: RW Jordan Knackstedt (16th) banked an intended pass off a Reign defenseman and into the net on the power play. Assist: Thurber; Time of goal: 12:16; Reign lead, 2-1
  • CONDORS goal: F Andrew Carroll (9th) on a breakaway after a long stretch pass from D Joe Marciano. Assist: Marciano; Time of goal: 13:01; Game tied, 2-2
  • Ontario goal: F Gasper Kopitar’s blast from inside the blue line beat G Chet Pickard. Time of goal: 17:06; Reign lead, 3-2
  • Ontario goal: On the power play, F Maxim Kitsyn banged home a loose rebound. Time of goal: 19:16; Reign lead, 4-2
  • Shots: BAK – 12 | ONT – 14

2nd Period

  • G Tyler Bunz replaced Pickard to start the period
  • No scoring in this period
  • Shots: BAK – 5 | ONT – 5
3rd Period
  • Ontario goal: F Derek Couture deposited a loose puck after a scramble in front. Time of goal: 17:37; Reign lead, 5-2
  • Ontario goal: D Matt Register’s shot from the point found the back of the net. Time of goal: 19:44; Reign lead, 6-2
  • Shots: BAK – 9 | ONT – 6

W: Anderson (3-7-0-2, 26/24)
L: Pickard (4-8-0-0. 14/10)

Relief: Bunz (11/9 in 40 mins.)
Condors droppings:
  • Three Stars: 1. White (ONT) 2. Anderson (ONT) 3. Kopitar (ONT)
  • Final shots:BAK – 26 | ONT – 25
  • Power plays: BAK – 1/3 | ONT – 1/2
  • The Condors played with 10 F and 5 D, one short of normal
  • Bakersfield had their five-game point streak (4-0-1) against Ontario snapped and are 4-4-1-0 in the season series with four meetings left
  • G Tyler Bunz saw his first game action with the Condors since Jan. 25. He spent the past two months in the AHL with OKC.
  • F Jordan Knackstedt (1g-2a) and C Matt Thurber (0g-3a) each extended their point streaks to three games
  • The Condors were without top G Laurent Brossoit and leading scorer C Greg Miller who were called up to the AHL in Oklahoma City earlier in the week
  • Scratches: Pageau (21-IR), Bennett (21-IR), Cunningham, Gawryletz



Saturday, Mar. 22 – Cap Giveaway Night
  • Condors vs. Ontario Reign
  • First 2,000 fans 5 and older get their choice between a baseball-style cap or a flat-bill cap
  • Sponsored by 98.5 The Fox and Three-Way Chevrolet & Cadillac
  • Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7 p.m.

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