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Bakersfield, CA – Forward Brett Sutter buried the game-winning goal and rookie Philippe Maillet registered his first professional goal to propel the Ontario Reign (33-18-10-0) over the Bakersfield Condors (30-25-5-1), 3-1, at Rabobank Arena Friday night.
The Condors challenged the Reign defense early in the opening period, peppering goalie Jack Campbell (W, 24 saves on 25 shots) with multiple shots in the first minutes of the contest. Campbell kept the contest scoreless through the first 20 minutes of action.
Reign defenseman Alex Lintuniemi broke the scoreless tie midway through the second period, catching a pass from forward T.J. Hensick and slipping a shot under the blocker of Condors goalie Jonas Gustavsson (L, 22 saves on 25 shots) from between the faceoff circles. Condors forward Joey LaLeggia responded moments later on the power play, sliding the puck past Campbell off the right-wing circle at 13:21.
Forward Brett Sutter reclaimed the lead for the Reign 54 seconds into the third period with his 16 goal of the season and rookie forward Philippe Maillet add an insurance marker and his first professional goal at 16:54. The Reign finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play while the Condors went 1-for-3.
The Reign rematch with the Bakersfield Condors tomorrow, Saturday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Rabobank Arena! Tune in to the action at OntarioReign.com!
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