Grizzlies Defeat Reign 3-2 In Shootout
Reign Take on Grizzlies Saturday, Nov. 8 at E-Center
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and the AHL Manchester Monarchs lost to the Utah Grizzlies, 3-2, in a shootout Friday evening in front of 4,730 at the E-Center. The Reign picked up one point in the loss; center Tim Kraus and right wing Geoff Walker each scored in the match and netminder John Murray, making his second appearance between the pipes for the Reign, stopped 40 of 42 shots he faced in the loss.
Friday evening’s match-up in Utah brought the Reign (4-4-1, 9 points) to the E-Center for the Grizzlies “Pink in the Rink” breast cancer awareness night and the second match-up of three in four days between the two teams. The Reign came out strong, lighting the lamp twice in the first period. Tim Kraus put the Reign on the board midway through the first as he found the net off assists from right wing Geoff Walker and defenseman Dan Knapp. Kraus’ goal was his second goal, and second power play goal, in two games. The Reign went up by two when Geoff Walker shot the puck past Grizzlies goalie Mike Mole, at 16:22 in the first, for Walker’s fourth goal on the season. Reign center Dusty Collins and defenseman Andrew Martens registered the assists.
The Reign blanked the Grizzlies (6-2-0, 12 points) for nearly 57 minutes in the match, holding them to zero, but the Grizzlies made a late third period come back and found the net on back-to-back power play goals by left wing Dennis Packard to send the match into overtime with a score of 2-2.
Both teams were unable to find the net in the five-minute overtime period, sending the match into a five-round shootout; the Reign’s first of the year. Grizzlies forward James Sixsmith was the only shooter to find the back of the net in the shootout, ending the match with a final score, Reign 2, Grizzlies 3.
Notes: Tim Kraus extend his 2-game goal streak (2g) with a goal on the night (11/5-11/7), Geoff Walker extends his point streak to two games (1g, 2a= 3 points) (11/5-117), and Dan Knapp posted a 2-game assist streak (3 assists) (11/5-11/7), with their performances on the night.
The Reign take on the Grizzles in the final game of a 3-game match-up on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the E-Center and return home on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for their first game of the season against the Stockton Thunder at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
The Reign presents Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, November 15. Come join the Reign as they honor the United States military and take on the Stockton Thunder. All military that present their military ID card at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office will receive an upper end ticket for only $6! Doors open at 6 p.m. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
Season tickets and mini-plans for the Ontario Reign’s Inaugural season presented by the Mission Inn are on sale and offer an affordable entertainment option for families and residents of the Inland Empire. For more information about Reign season tickets or mini-plans contact the Reign office at (909) 941-PUCK (7825) or visitwww.ontarioreign.com.
Single game tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, at all TicketMaster locations, or by calling (213) 480-3232.