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Reign Fall to Condors, 4-3, at Home

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
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

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