Just two minutes into the opening frame, Ontario C Aaron Lewadniuk finished off a beautiful passing play to put Ontario up 1-0. Bakersfield was able to strike back 11:33 into the first, when F Jean-Marc Beaudoin pounced on a rebound to even the score at 1-1.
The Condors grabbed a lead 3:51 into the middle frame when RW Stephane Goulet netted his team-leading 26th goal of the season on a wraparound. The Reign came back for three unanswered goals in the period, as C Brett O’Malley scored on a deflection, D Shawn Germain picked up a goal on a shorthanded breakaway, and C Justin Taylor slammed home a rebound on a 4-on-3 power play, giving the Reign a 4-2 lead after two.
Ontario increased the lead to 5-2 when RW Alex Bourret tucked home a penalty shot 6:22 into the third. RW Erick Lizon brought the difference back to just two goals when he slammed in a puck at 11:42. F Jordan Morrison countered just 17 seconds later to regain the three goal lead, bringing the score to 6-3. Beaudoin added his second of the night for the Condors on a one-timer off a pass from D Tyler Gotto, but once again the Reign would counter, as O’Malley picked up his second of the night at 17:10. RW Bobby Robins finished off the scoring with his second goal in as many nights when he scored with just 45 seconds left in the game.
RW Erick Lizon played in his 250th professional game… The Condors finished their season series with the Reign, owning a 10-4-0 advantage in the series… G Jim Watt started his second professional game, both appearances coming against Ontario… Power plays: BAK: 0/7; ONT: 1/7… Three stars: 1. B. O’Malley (ONT); 2. A. Bourret (ONT); 3. J. Beaudoin (BAK).
Next Home Game:
The Condors have locked up home ice advantage for the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and will return home on April 8th against an opponent yet to be determined. Visit the Condors Kelly Cup Playoff page here http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/kelly-cup-playoffs/ and stay tuned for updates, scheduling, ticket information and more.
Get your playoff tickets now before they go on sale to the public – call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.
Individual tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages start at just $28! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.