Nicholas Tremblay rang a shot off the post with 80 seconds left Saturday night and that pretty much summed up the game against the Ontario Reign, and the season thus far.
The Condors were on a power play and down by a goal when Tremblay raced into the Ontario zone, got around a defender and hit the post.
About 20 seconds later, Dan DeSilva scored an empty-net goal as the Reign held on for a 4-2 win before 5,816.
The loss dropped the Condors to 1-10-1, worst in the ECHL. Ontario improved to 8-1-4.
"I thought we played a solid 60 minutes," said Condors coach Troy Mann. "They played last night so I thought we would have the better legs over the course of 60 minutes.
"They made their push in the first half of the second period, and other than that, I thought we were the better team over the course of the game. But again we didn't get the two points. It's certainly discouraging when you put in that type of effort."
Despite that effort, the Condors trailed 3-0 entering the final period.
Joel Broda brought the crowd to life five minutes into the third when Wes Cunningham kept the puck in Ontario's zone at the left point and fed a pass to Broda, who scored his third goal in four games.
Chris Collins scored his first of the year at 11:58 to make it 3-2, giving the Condors a chance to tie the game.
But in the end, it was the lack of a power-play goal that proved costly. The Condors were 0 for 4 on the power play, including two chances in the final eight minutes.
The Condors outshot the Reign 33-20.
"It is discouraging right now, but I had to compliment them on their effort," Mann said of his players. "We played hard. Collins finally got his first. I was hoping Tremblay might get his first, too. Those are two key guys that need to get going offensively and Tremblay had his chances again tonight. He's just got to keep pushing and hopefully one will go in for him as well."
Bakersfield totally dominated Ontario in the first period as solid fore-checking, tenacious back-checking and quick transitions kept the Condors buzzing around Reign goaltender Michael Hutchison.
But all the Condors had to show for that effort was a 1-0 deficit when Mario Lamoureux deflected a puck over Condors goaltender Chet Pickard with 39 seconds left in the period.
It was just the fifth shot for the Reign, which had to fend off 13 Bakersfield shots.
"Certainly in the first period when you should maybe have two goals and you come out behind 1-nothing ... we stayed positive, but inside as a coach, it's like when are we going to get a break here?" Mann said.
Matt White scored a power-play goal to put the Reign up 2-0 early in the second and DeSilva made it 3-0 late in the period when a puck bounced high off the end glass and he swatted it out of midair past Pickard.