REIGN DROP GAME TO STEELHEADS, 7-2
Justin Taylor and C.J. Stretch Each Score for Ontario
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, lost 7-2 to the Idaho Steelheads before 5,497 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena Friday night.
The Reign took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Justin Taylor at 18:58 of the first period, as Taylor redirected a Jordan Hill slap shot past Adrien Lemay. Pat Bowen also picked up an assist. Mark Derlago’s goal at 19:58 tied the game at one going into the first intermission.
Idaho jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second period on goals by Steve Olesky at 9:52 and Evan Barlow at 19:00. Barlow’s goal came while the Reign was short handed.
Bear Trapp made it 4-1 early in the third period before C.J. Stretch’s power-play goal at 4:25 cut the Idaho lead to 4-2. Lemay got a pad on Kyle Kraemer’s shot, but couldn’t get a handle on the rebound. Stretch swooped in and hammered it home for his fifth marker of the season. However, the Steelheads went on to win 7-2 after a goal by Geoff Irwin and two by Aki Seitsonen.
Zacharias had 38 saves in the loss, while Lemay saved 27 in the win.
Tonight’s three stars were:
1) IDH – Aki Seitsonen
2) IDH – Geoff Irwin
3) IDH – Bear Trapp
Complete scoring summary available by clicking here.
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The Reign continues its home stand with a 7 p.m. game Saturday against the Steelheads and a 5 p.m. game Sunday against the Stockton Thunder.
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office or online at ticketmaster.com.