Reign topple Condors 4-3

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (7-21-3-0, 17pts) couldn’t make a 3-0 lead hold up, as they fell 4-3 to the Ontario Reign (14-12-1-1, 30pts) in front of 5,532 fans at Rabobank Arena Wednesday night.
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The Condors opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first 6:26 of play. F Tyler Helfrich staked the Condors to a 1-0 lead 2:20 into the game, batting in a rebound out of mid-air for his third of the season. LW Matt Marquardt blasted home his 12th of the season at 6:26 on the power play. G Matt Keetley turned aside all 14 Reign shots in the first, while Ontario G Chris Carrozzi made 10 first period stops.

Bakersfield padded their lead a minute into the second, with D Justin Pender hammering in his third of the season. The Reign controlled the middle frame, however, holding a 17-8 lead in shots and earning five power plays. They cut into the lead with RW Derek Couture scoring at 5:06. The goalies both made several acrobatic saves in the period to keep the score 3-1 through 40 minutes.

Ontario stole the game away in the third, scoring three unanswered goals to blow past Bakersfield. RW Brady Calla, at 2:26, started the rally, making it a one-goal game. The Reign tied it up on the power play at 10:27 and then took the lead with a shorthanded goal by C Bill Bagron at 12:53 to take the win.

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Condors Droppings:

Helfrich (1g-1a) and C Robby Dee (2a) both extended their point streaks to three games tonight and F Casey Pierro-Zabotel ran his to four games with an assist… LW Matt Marquardt now leads the Condors with six power play goals. Nobody else has more than three… RW Scott Freeman had an assist while playing in his first game since Dec. 11, missing the last six games to injury… Four of the six meetings between these two clubs have been decided by just one goal… Shots on goal: BAK- 28, ONT- 38… Three Stars: 1. Bagron (ONT); 2. Stretch (ONT); 3. Helfrich (BAK).

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