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They’re great for breakfast. Not so much for hockey.

After beating the Heat and Barracuda, The Reign traveled to Bakersfield for yet another meeting with the Condors. In a game that would be characterized by even back and forth play, it was two egregious turnovers by the Reign in the first period that made the difference.

Both turnovers happened within two minutes of each other and were in the defensive zone. The Reign were able to generate their own chances and had a few good looks, but were stymied by goal posts.

The nail in the coffin was the empty net goal from Braden Cristoffer with 93 seconds remaining in the game.

Impressive – We have to look across the ice for this one. While Laurent Brossoit didn’t see too many shots that were officially counted, he did see a lot of action and kept the Reign off the board all night long.

Not so Much – Kevin Gravel had a bad night. As he hasn’t shown the propensity to by a liability, we will assume it was just one of those nights. Clean slate, move on.

Elsewhere in the Division – San Jose jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and looked to be well in control of the game. The Gulls cut the lead to two early in the second, but the Barracuda made it 4-1 and never looked back. In a tale of too little, too late, the Gulls were able to come within one with three seconds left, but ran out of time and fell 4-3. Stockton met Texas on their home ice in a back and forth affair that left Stockton on top 5-3. Texas went 0-9 on the power play, falling to a 13.4% success on the power play.

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