Condors drop Reign for 8th straight victory

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. The Bakersfield Condors (37-25-2-1, 77pts)  scored two power play goals and two shorthanded goals, en route to handing the Ontario Reign (23-37-2-4, 52pts) a 5-2 loss in front of 5,509 fans at Rabobank Arena Saturday night. The win puts the Condors alone atop the Pacific Division, and in sole possession of 2nd place in the Western Conference.
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Ontario took the lead just 43 seconds into the hockey game, when C Justin Taylor banged in a rebound for his 8th of the season. The Condors responded however, with a 5-on-3 power play tally at 6:32 to tie it up. F Slava Trukhno took a wrister from the right circle and buried it for hBrodais 11th of the campaign. Bakersfield managed a 20-9 shot lead in the first.

The Condors took their first lead of the night at 3:18 of the middle frame, when C Adam Naglich snapped home a shorthanded goal for his 15th of the season. The Reign responded with a late tally, as RW Alex Bourret rapped a centering feed past rookie G Jim Watt, making his first professional start tonight. Just 11 seconds later the Condors countered, with C Joel Broda chipping in his 15th of the season at 19:14. The goal regained the lead for good for Bakersfield.
The home team extended the lead in the third, with Broda potting his second of the contest on the power play at 10:05. Trukhno also added his second in the waning minutes with a shorthanded empty netter at 18:03 to ice it. Watt made 22 saves on the night for his first pro win, while the Condors put up 44 shots on the night.

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LW Guillaume Lefebvre (4g-7a) extended his scoring streak to a season-high eight games with an assist tonight… The Condors have won eight in a row, their longest winning streak since the 2002-03 campaign… G Jim Watt made 22 saves in his professional debut for the Condors… C Joel Broda was denied on a penalty shot in the second period. He has both of the Condors penalty shots this season, and has been stopped on both… Power plays: BAK: 2/5; ONT: 0/4… Three stars: 1. J. Broda (BAK); 2. J. Watt (BAK); 3. E. Burgdoerfer (BAK).Next Home Game:
The Condors host three games next week to wrap up the home portion of the regular season. Wednesday, Mar. 23 is Blood Drive Night, sponsored by My 45 and KUZZ 107.9. Anyone who donated blood at Houchin Blood Bank during the month of March received a voucher good for $1 admission to this game, as the Condors host the Victoria Salmon Kings.

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The Condors have locked up a playoff spot, and now battle to determine positioning. Visit the Condors Kelly Cup Playoff page here and stay tuned for updates, scheduling, ticket information and more.

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