Bakersfield 4, Reign 1.

The line of ex-NHLer Kyle Calder, and ex-AHLers Bobby Robins and Joel Broda, combined for two goals and five assists on a night that saw the start time pushed back nearly half an hour because the Condors’ team bus was late to The Bank.

Kyle Kraemer scored the Reign’s only goal at 5:14 of the second period.

Newcomer Alan Dorich saw regular ice time early on a pairing with Luke Beaverson and shot a puck off the end boards that led directly to Kraemer’s goal. Not a bad debut.

But the Reign as a team didn’t get shots to the net with consistency until the third period, when they outshot the Condors 13-10. Prior to that they had only eight shots on net – including two in the second period – to Bakersfield’s 17.

Kellen Briggs stopped 23 shots but let in a pair of uncharacteristically easy goals, while former NHL goalie Josh Tordjman stopped 20 on the other end for Bakersfield.

The eight-place Reign fell six points behind the seventh-place Condors in the Western Conference standings. Bakersfield has handed the Reign two straight losses by the same score; the teams play again tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The Reign went 0-for-5 on the power play, including 0-for-3 in the third period, to extend their stretch of futility with the man advantage to 2-for-40 in their last seven games.

“We’re working hard, we just have to get the puck in the net,” Kraemer said. “I’m confident, and so are the guys in the locker room, that we can get out of this funk.”

More from Kraemer and coach Karl Taylor in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

  • Crossbar

    While it’s good to see the guys standing up for one another (we seem to be dropping the mitts more often now that McEwan has rejoined the roster–much to the fans’ delight), we need to pick and choose our spots a little more carefully and keep in mind that the primary problem at present is the lack of goal production. McEwan (who sparred with Robins earlier in the game) and Johnson were observed doing everything they could to goad the Condors’ big defenseman, Joe Rullier, into a tilt about mid-way through the first period, but the latter declined. Problem is we were already down 2-0 at that point. Goals aren’t coming in spades for our boys, so let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture when deciding whether or not to engage in fisticuffs. True, a good scrap can sometimes change the momentum in your favor, but it can also hurt the team’s chances of getting back into a game if done at the wrong time or isn’t executed properly (i.e. penalties don’t offset).

    Elsewhere, Briggs continues to be somewhat of an enigma, IMO. One minute he’s the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, and the next he’s looking very average, especially when it comes to wrap-around chances (he’s not recovering in time). As JP points out above, Bakersfield’s 3rd and 4th goals seemed very soft.

    Saw Nelson Emerson (Kings player development) and an unknown associate sitting amongst the crowd last night taking notes. Would love to know their thoughts.

    Time to right the ship, boys! Let’s go, Reign!

  • IE Sports Fan

    Same ol’ comments from the Players & Coaches… yet we continue with the same ol’ miserable results. Unfortunately talk is cheap, and there’s no turning this pathetic team/season around!

    Sad to say, but can’t wait till next year… we couldn’t possibly be cellar dwellers 3 years running could we? lol

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