Condors stumble early, fall to Reign

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (24-34-3-5, 58pts), owned by the Edmonton Oilers, fell behind early and could not recover, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Ontario Reign (38-18-4-5; 85pts) Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

Box Score | Post-game J.F. Houle


•REIGN GOAL: F Judd Blackwater with a shot from the right circle on the first shot of the game at 1:28; ONT leads, 1-0
•REIGN GOAL: F David Rutherford scored from the slot at 5:50; ONT leads, 2-0
•Shots: BAK – 10 | ONT – 12


•REIGN GOAL: Blackwater scored his second of the game off a rebound at 2:39; ONT leads, 3-0
•REIGN GOAL: A face-off win by Bakersfield, to the left of their own net, deflected past the goaltender (goal credited to F Rocco Carzo); ONT leads, 4-0
•CONDORS GOAL: C Nick MacNeil jammed in a loose puck from the top of the crease (Darnell, Zappia assists) at 19:19; ONT leads 4-1
•Shots: BAK – 6 | ONT – 12


•REIGN GOAL: Blackwater completed the hat trick on a redirection from the slot at 8:56; ONT leads, 5-1
•Shots: BAK – 9 | ONT – 7


BAK: Cahill (0-2-0-0; 31/26)

ONT: Olkinuora (22-9-3-2; 25/24)

•Three Stars: 1. Blackwater (ONT), 2. Olkinuora (ONT), 3. MacNeil (BAK)
•Final shots: BAK – 25 | ONT – 31
•Power Plays: BAK – 0/3 | ONT – 1/3
•F Brent Darnell, a rookie out of Michigan State University, signed today and made his professional debut. He also recorded an assist for his first pro point.
•Scratches: D Ben Lindemulder, G Ty Rimmer, LW Jordan Kremyr, G Maxime Lagace, G Frans Tuohimaa, G Peter Gibb, D Gentry Zollars, F Connor Leen


Sat, Mar. 28 vs. Ontario Reign
•10th annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon; alumni game at 5 p.m., charity auction throughout the night to benefit Bakersfield Relay For Life
•Team Card Set Giveaway – first 2,000 kids 12 and under
•Camelot Park Kids Club (free admission with a paid membership)
•Sponsored by Hot Hits 93.1
•Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for the Alumni Game


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