ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, lost 4-3 to the Bakersfield Condors before 4,670 Reign faithful at Citizens Business Bank Arena Wednesday night.
Lane Caffaro got the Reign on the board first with a wrist shot through traffic that found the back of the net. Pat Bowen and Michael Pelech assisted on the play. Erickson made a sliding pad save against a Condor perched all alone on his doorstep and turned away a breakaway opportunity to keep the score 1-0 at the first intermission.
Pascal Morency scored the equalizer with a power play goal at 13:23 of the second period, but Chaz Johnson netted his tenth goal of the season to restore the Reign’s one-goal lead, 2-1, at 17:52. Tape-to-tape passes from Shawn Collymore and Lane Caffaro found Johnson in the slot and he one-timed it past Peter Hirsch low on the stick side.
Brett O’Malley gave Ontario a 3-1 lead with a short-handed goal early in the third period. However, Bakersfield scored three unanswered goals to win by a score of 4-3.
Hirsch made 14 saves to earn the win, while Erickson absorbed the loss with 28 saves.
Tonight’s three stars were: 1) BAK – Vyacheslav Trukhno 2) ONT – Lane Caffaro 3) BAK – Pascal Morency