The Ontario Reign won their fifth straight game with a 3-2 victory against the Bakersfield Condors Monday night.

Goal breakdown

1st period:

BAK: PP Dylan Holloway (6) ASST: Seth Griffith (33), Yanni Kaldis (16)

BAK: Tim Schaller (8) ASST: None

2nd period:

ONT: PP Lias Andersson (6) ASST: T.J. Tynan (60), Jordan Spence (37)

3rd period: 

ONT: PP Martin Frk (30th) ASST: Jordan Spence (38), T.J. Tynan (61)

ONT: Samuel Fagemo (18) ASST: None


BAK: 2

ONT: 3


BAK: 33

ONT: 27


BAK: 1/4

ONT: 2/6

Three takeaways from Monday’s victory:

1. Special teams

Special teams did not start out well for the Ontario Reign last night. They went 0-for-2 on their first two power-play opportunities and gave up an early power-play goal on the Condors’ first power-play attempt of the game. As the game went on the Reign began to win the special teams battle. Lias Andersson scored his 6th goal, a power-play goal, to bring the Reign within one. And, in Lias Andersson fashion, he pulled the between the legs move again. I still don’t know how he makes it look so easy. In the second period, Martin Frk scored on his signature slap shot from the left circle on the power-play for his 30th goal of the season on a great feed from Jordan Spence.

Late in the game, Ontario did a good job to kill off two power-play opportunities by the Condors to protect their 3-2 lead. The last penalty kill by the Reign came with 48 seconds left in the game. With the Condors having a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 48 seconds, goaltender Matthew Villalta came up big for the Reign as Bakersfield was throwing pucks towards the net and scrambling to tie it before time expired. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

2. T.J. Tynan chasing George Sullivan’s record

You didn’t think I was going to not say anything about T.J. Tynan, did you? Entering last night’s game, his 500th career professional game, T.J. Tynan had 59 assists for the season. Tynan added two assists during the game and now has 61 helpers on the season with 19 games remaining. Both of Jordan Spence (who also is putting up insane numbers) and Tynan’s assists came on the power-play.

Remember, George “Red” Sullivan’s record of assists in a season is 89 and that was done in the 1953-1954 season. With 19 games left and 29 assists from breaking the record, do you think Tynan breaks the record by the season’s end?

3. Another great 3rd period

The Ontario Reign has had a knack for scoring and rallying in the third period. Including last night, Ontario has scored seven goals during this homestand. Last night was their second third-period comeback during that stretch with the other one coming against the Tucson Roadrunners last week. After Frk’s 30th goal of the year, Samuel Fagemo scored 21 seconds later off a beautiful backhand shot, beating Condors’ goalie Ilya Konovalov on the blocker side for the game-winner. It’s great to know that if the Reign are trailing at any point of the game as we’ve seen lately, they are never out of it and have the ability to come back.

The Reign will end their five-game homestand Wednesday as the San Jose Barracuda come into town. That will be a 7:00 pm start.

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