Bakersfield 5, Reign 4, SO.

The Reign scored four straight goals to erase a 3-0 first-period deficit, then saw the Condors force overtime and eventually win in a shootout in a rare Saturday afternoon game at Rabobank Arena.

Shawn Germain scored the go-ahead goal with 2:47 left in the third period to give the Reign a 4-3 lead. But Peter Zingoni tied the game with 46 seconds left and the Condors skating 6-on-4 with goaltender Peter Hirsch on the bench.

Bakersfield briefly thought it had the game-winning goal one minute into overtime when Adam Naglich fired a shot past Beau Erickson (36 saves), but the goal was waved off on grounds that Condors forward Pascal Morency had interfered with Erickson in the crease.

The Condors waited until the shootout to pick up the extra point, scoring on three of their first four attempts against Erickson and clinching the win when Alex Bourret’s slapshot was saved by Hirsch on the other end.

David Walker, Aaron Lewadniuk and Michael Pelech scored second-period goals to tie the game at 3. Seven different players collected assists, and Erickson made 36 saves.

More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

  • Mr. Edgar Venegas

    Good comeback by the Reign. 5 points out of 6 possible points in the last 3 games, its better than losing every game. The team still has the same problems like defense, defending the lead but they are fighting back now when they are behind in the scoreboard. Offense seems to have improved. Everyone in the Reign is stepping up and thats the thing that needs to happen when a team is weak in some areas.

    They are playing to prove something. Something lit a fire inside of them and i feel the departure of Briggs and Corey did that. They jumped ship because the team was playing horrible. Money was a factor too but lets face the facts.

    I try to keep hope but i doubt the Reign will win the Pacific Division title but there is still a chance. They are catching up on the Victoria Salmon Kings in the standings for the last playoff spot.