BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings, fell to the Bakersfield Condors, 5-0, in the season opener for both clubs on Friday evening before a crowd of 5,007 fans at Rabobank Arena.
With the exception of a fight between Reign defenseman David Walker and Condors left wing Bobby Bolt at 15:12 that was eventually broken up by officials, it was an uneventful first period until the clock had just over a minute remaining. Left wing Andrew Ianiero put the Condors up on the board with assists from forward Adam Naglich and left wing Logan MacMillan. Bakersfield took their 1-0 lead into the second period as the Reign looked to score their first goal of the season.
The Condors extended their lead to four goals and held the Reign scoreless in the second frame. Three Bakersfield players recorded three points each. Defenseman Sasha Pokulok notched two goals, while recently re-assigned right wing Dan Sexton and center Mathieu Aubin picked up two points each.
Bakersfield added another goal in their column just under four minutes into the third period when center Maxime Macenauer threw the puck past Ontario netminder Mike Zacharias with an assist from left wing Shawn Weller, who recorded his second point of the night on the play. The remainder of play saw the Condors with three power play opportunities, but the Reign’s penalty killers kept the puck out of the net. Ontario was unable to put a goal on the board, and Bakersfield went on to win the first match of the season with a final score of Condors 5, Reign 0. The clubs will face-off again on Saturday evening at Rabobank Arena at 7:00 p.m.
1. BAK – Sasha Pokulok
2. BAK - Dan Sexton
3. BAK - Justin Pogge
The Ontario Reign open at home on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm against the Las Vegas Wranglers for the Toyota Opening Night. We will be giving away Glow Thunderstix to all fans as they enter the arena, compliments of RanchoHomefinder.com. We will also be giving away Magnet Schedules (while supplies last) compliments of Holiday Inn Ontario Airport. Tonight is FREE Oil Change Friday brought to you by Certified Transmission and Car Care and Farmer John 2 for 1 Hot Dogs Friday. We will be unveiling our new mascot “The Jester” (contest is running now to name him, go to ontarioreign.com to enter). Friday night is Ontario Community Night ($1 per ticket benefits the AYSO).
Our second game will be on Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 pm against the Bakersfield Condors for Go Green On Halloween. We will have an Eco-Village throughout the Citizens Business Bank Arena concourse providing tips on how to go green at home and your place of business. Eco-friendly reusable shopping bags will be given away, as well as tree saplings (both while supplies last). Kids: be sure to dress up in your Halloween costumes as we will have trickor-treating throughout concourse and a costume contest for kids 15 and under. Reign players will be wearing special green jerseys during the game and we will have a post-game jersey auction benefitting the Frontier Project.