The Ontario Reign were swept by the Bakersfield Condors in a two-game series at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Friday night 4-1 and Saturday night 5-1, to extend their losing streak at home to six games. The Reign went into the weekend series struggling at home. They continued their slow start by dropping two games to their Pacific Division rivals and extending their record to 1-12 at the Bank.
In the opener Friday night, the Condors took an early 3-0 lead. Bakersfield scored two goals in the first period from Kyle Calder and Pascal Morency and another from Bobby Robins just 35 seconds into the middle frame. After falling down 3-0, Ontario’s Kyle Kraemer took advantage of a fluke bounce off the glass and buried the puck between goalie Josh Tordjman’s legs, trimming the lead to 3-1. Minutes into the third period, the Condors re-established their three goal lead when Evan Stoflet beat goalie Kellen Briggs to take a 4-1 lead. Bakersfield held off the Reign for the remainder of the period to get the win on the road 4-1. Briggs stopped 23 shots in the loss and Tordjman turned aside 20 in the victory.
On Saturday night, the Condors once again took the early 1-0 lead with a goal from Morency. But late in the first, Ontario’s Aaron Lewadniuk was awarded a penalty shot. Lewadniuk went forehand to backhand and buried the puck over Tordjman’s blocker to tie the game up at 1-1. However, the Condors would score the next four with goals coming from Robins, Peter Zingoni, Andrew Ianiero, and Staphane Goulet to get the 5-1 win and series sweep over the Reign on the road. Ontario’s Beau Erickson blocked 30 shots in the loss and Tordjman stopped 24 to pick up the win. With the loss, the Reign fall to 8-16-0-1 and dead last in the ECHL standings with 17 points. With the series sweep, the Condors improved to 12-13-1.
The Reign will be back on the ice Sunday, December 26th when battle the Las Vegas Wranglers at home. The Condors will return to Rabobank Arena to take on the Stockton Thunder Sunday evening.