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Sunday, Nov 17 2013 05:09 AM

Condors' late rally comes up short against Ontario

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Action swirls around Condor goalie Chet Pickard during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena. Condor defenseman George Hughes (7) and forward Louke Oakley (89) try to keep Reign players Mike Towns (right) and Mario Lamoureux out of the crease.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condor center Joel Broda pushes the puck into the Ontario zone during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena. At right is forward Spencer Bennett and Reign defenseman Adrian Van de Mosselaer is at left.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condors Jordan Knackstedt and Joel Broda work to move into the Ontario zone, with defenseman Cameron Burt of the Reign looking to cut them off during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    The puck is loose in front of Ontario goaltender Michael Hutchinson, but Condors Joel Broda, Jake Morley and Spencer Bennett (21) are not in position to get a shot away during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    With the puck loose in front of Ontario goalie Michael Hutchinson, Condor center Chase Schaber tries to get off a shot during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena. Condor Chris Collins (12) and Ontario forward Yasin Cisse tangle against the net.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condors Jordan Knackstedt and Joel Broda work to move into the Ontario zone, with defenseman Cameron Burt of the Reign looking to cut them off during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Ontario goalie Michael Hutchinson can't locate the puck during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena, but no Condors are in position to get off a shot.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condor forward Louke Oakley (89) tries to center the puck in front of the Ontario net as he is defended by Mike Towns during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condor center Chase Schaber (77) moves the puck toward the Ontario zone, with Reign forward Matt White moving to defend during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condorgoaltender Chet Pickard turns away an Ontario shot during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condor defenseman Joey Leach (4) tries to slow down Ontario winger Brett Beebe as he carries the puck toward the Bakersfield zone during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Condor defenseman George Hughes (7) and Ontario winger Dan DaSilva collide in front of the Reign's bench during the first period Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

Nicholas Tremblay rang a shot off the post with 80 seconds left Saturday night and that pretty much summed up the game against the Ontario Reign, and the season thus far.

The Condors were on a power play and down by a goal when Tremblay raced into the Ontario zone, got around a defender and hit the post.

About 20 seconds later, Dan DeSilva scored an empty-net goal as the Reign held on for a 4-2 win before 5,816.

The loss dropped the Condors to 1-10-1, worst in the ECHL. Ontario improved to 8-1-4.

"I thought we played a solid 60 minutes," said Condors coach Troy Mann. "They played last night so I thought we would have the better legs over the course of 60 minutes.

"They made their push in the first half of the second period, and other than that, I thought we were the better team over the course of the game. But again we didn't get the two points. It's certainly discouraging when you put in that type of effort."

Despite that effort, the Condors trailed 3-0 entering the final period.

Joel Broda brought the crowd to life five minutes into the third when Wes Cunningham kept the puck in Ontario's zone at the left point and fed a pass to Broda, who scored his third goal in four games.

Chris Collins scored his first of the year at 11:58 to make it 3-2, giving the Condors a chance to tie the game.

But in the end, it was the lack of a power-play goal that proved costly. The Condors were 0 for 4 on the power play, including two chances in the final eight minutes.

The Condors outshot the Reign 33-20.

"It is discouraging right now, but I had to compliment them on their effort," Mann said of his players. "We played hard. Collins finally got his first. I was hoping Tremblay might get his first, too. Those are two key guys that need to get going offensively and Tremblay had his chances again tonight. He's just got to keep pushing and hopefully one will go in for him as well."

Bakersfield totally dominated Ontario in the first period as solid fore-checking, tenacious back-checking and quick transitions kept the Condors buzzing around Reign goaltender Michael Hutchison.

But all the Condors had to show for that effort was a 1-0 deficit when Mario Lamoureux deflected a puck over Condors goaltender Chet Pickard with 39 seconds left in the period.

It was just the fifth shot for the Reign, which had to fend off 13 Bakersfield shots.

"Certainly in the first period when you should maybe have two goals and you come out behind 1-nothing ... we stayed positive, but inside as a coach, it's like when are we going to get a break here?" Mann said.

Matt White scored a power-play goal to put the Reign up 2-0 early in the second and DeSilva made it 3-0 late in the period when a puck bounced high off the end glass and he swatted it out of midair past Pickard.

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