The Reign are leading this game in both scoring chances and mistakes, but the only goal is by Bakersfield defenseman Bruce Graham, a power-play goal 2:06 into the opening frame.
Both goalies have gotten lucky on a pair of nervous moments. At the 11:15 mark, Jeff Zatkoff came out of his net to play a puck, backhanded it behind the net with the Condors’ Mike Wirll closing in. Wirll got to the puck first and backhanded it between the circles, but no one was there to put it home into an empty net. Geoff Walker thought he had a goal when he rang a wrister off the crossbar at 14:17, but the linesman immediately ruled it no goal. This could easily be a 2-1 game.
The Reign finished with 13 shots on goal to the Condors’ 4, the best of which was a Colten Teubert gem after he made a nifty 1-on-1 move on the Bakersfield defender. Who knew he had the hands?