January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Slusarski, Ontario Reign PR Intern
Reign Crush Condors 6-0
Jean-Francois Berube Earns Second Shutout of the Season
ONTARIO, Calif.- The Ontario Reign (16-12-1-2), proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, dealt the Bakersfield Condors (8-23-3-0) a 6-0 shutout before 4,749 at Citizens Business Bank Arena Tuesday night. Jean-Francois Berube earned his second shutout of the season and Kevin Estrada, Derek Couture and C.J. Stretch each recorded two points.
Pat Bowen’s first goal of the season 5:35 into regulation gave Ontario an early 1-0 lead. Bowen took a feed from Geoff Irwin, waited for traffic to develop in front of the net and whistled a wrist shot into the top corner of the net. Tristan King also had an assist.
Ontario controlled play in the second period, holding Bakersfield shotless for the first 8:40 and limiting them to only three shots in the period. The Reign took a 2-0 lead at 12:07 on Stretch’s fifteenth goal of the season. Couture skated around the Bakersfield net and passed to Estrada at the point where he let loose with a shin-high slap shot. Goaltender Matt Keetley got a pad on the puck, but the rebound landed right on the tape of Stretch and he buried it into a yawning cage.
The Reign continued to dominate play in the third period, scoring a pair of goals in the first 1:42. Brady Calla intercepted a pass from Condors forward Robby Dee to start the first scoring play. Calla turned the puck up ice for a 3-on-2 and lasered a cross-ice pass to Bill Bagron who one-timed it past Keetley from the right faceoff dot. Kyle Kraemer roofed Adrian Van de Mosselaer’s pass for his fifth goal of the season less than a minute later to run the Ontario lead to 4-0. Francois Brisebois scored at 8:47 and Estrada added a power-play goal with 54.8 seconds left in regulation and the Reign went on to win 6-0.
The Condors went without a shot until 9:30 of the third frame and were outshot 15-3.
Jean-Francois Berube (4-6-1) faced only 15 shots in the win, while Keetley (6-12-1) took the loss with 30 saves.
1) ONT- Kevin Estrada
2) ONT- Jean-Francois Berube
3) ONT- C.J. Stretch
To view the box score, click here.
The Reign hit the road for two games then return to Citizens Business Bank Arena to face the Las Vegas Wranglers on Wednesday, January 11. The game is a $5 Ticket Oporto Fresh-Grilled Chicken Wednesday. Go to any Oporto Fresh-Grilled Chicken Burgers location (Ontario & Rancho Cucamonga) and pick up your $5 ticket vouchers (Limit 4 vouchers per person).
Call 909-941-PUCK (7825) or visit www.ontarioreign.com today for tickets to Reign home games.