Ontario fell to the Bakersfield Condors Sunday evening by a 3-2 score. The high-powered Reign offense that was on display Friday night was largely silent just two days later, as only Sammy Fagemo was able to find the back of the net — although he did it twice, both times off of assists from T.J. Tynan and Lias Andersson.
Fagemo was all over the ice and easily could have had three or four goals, especially if it wasn’t for the pair of posts he hit. The 22-year-old Swede was also very physical throughout the night, playing bigger than his 6-foot frame.
Bakersfield’s Phillip Kemp got the scoring going within the first five minutes of the opening faceoff, a play which began when T.J. Tynan went to redirect the puck into the offensive zone, but a linesman got in the way. That was just what the Condors needed to capitalize on an opportunity nearly handed to them. The Reign fought back and responded with a great shift after the first goal against. Rasmus Kupari’s line did a good job establishing a forecheck, and Kupari displayed some confidence with the puck, wheeling through the neutral zone with speed.
Just a few moments later, the Reign knotted things up at one a piece. Tynan showed some patience before ripping a shot from near the point. Fagemo picked up the loose change to put Ontario on the board.
The Condors opened up the scoring in the middle frame on the powerplay thanks to a beautiful cross-ice feed that had James Hamblin looking at an open cage for the goal.
Despite going scoreless in the second period, Ontario had good entries into the zone – including the defenseman activating into the play. On one occasion, Tynan found an activating Helge Grans, who made a nice fake shot move around one player before getting a high-quality shot on net.
Ontario came out flying to start the third period, scoring less than two minutes into the action. Their top line used a “ladder entry,” where Tynan entered the zone with the puck, dished it to his right to Andersson, while Tynan drove the net taking away a defenseman and opening up time and space. Andersson found Fagemo cross-ice for a one-time goal, tying the game at two.
However, just minutes later, Bakersfield responded with another goal, this one by Samuel Dove-McFalls.
For the remainder of regulation, it was tough sledding for the Ontario offense, as they really weren’t able to generate any opportunities – sans one or two in the final minutes; including Fagemo touching the post once again.
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Reign fall 3-2— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 17, 2022
They're back at in Ontario on Tuesday vs HSK. Be there.