March 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Hendrick, Ontario Reign PR Intern
Reign Deal the Aces a Loss
in 3-2 Shootout Victory
Carrozzi returns with a 5-game unbeaten streak
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign (41-19-5-3), proud affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, defeated the Alaska Aces (42-16-2-8) 3-2 in a shootout at Citizens Business Bank Arena Saturday night. The Reign played before a crowd of 8,143 for the third annual Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley Jersey Night.
The game began with Alaska taking control of the first period outshooting the Reign 13-5. At the 8:23 mark Wes Goldie scored his record-breaking, 369th ECHL goal to give the Aces a one goal advantage. Jason Beeman made the most of the Reign’s time in the Alaska end taking the puck up the boards. He dropped a pass to Cameron Burt who quickly sent it back to Beeman where he fired a shot past Aces' Gerald Coleman’s glove side to even the score.
Ontario countered Alaska’s energy in the second frame with much more time spent in the Aces' zone. Through the back-and-forth play, two power plays apiece, and several shots hitting the posts, the period was scoreless keeping the game tied 1-1.
The teams were again evenly matched in the final period of the game. Around the nine minute mark, Bill Bagron had a breakaway opportunity taken away by an Aces defenseman resulting in a penalty shot chance but he couldn’t convert it. Tristan King gave the Reign a one-goal lead with a rebound goal off Vincent LoVerde’s blueline slapshot. Kyle Kraemer also earned an assist on the play. With just 1:43 left in regulation, Alaska netted the tying goal sending the game into overtime.
After five minutes of the overtime frame neither team found the back of the net forcing a shootout decision. Beeman scored the shootout winning goal for the Reign in the second round and Derek Couture secured the win for Ontario with his fifth round, backhand shot.
Chris Carrozzi (17-7-2-2) took the win saving 34 of 36 shots extending his unbeaten streak to five games, while Coleman (18-4-0-3) took the shootout loss stopping 24 of 26 shots.
1) ONT - J. Beeman
2) ONT- C. Carrozzi
3) AK - W. Goldie
Click here to view the box score.
The Reign hit the road for a pair of games in Colorado before returning next weekend to close out the regular season with a two-game set against the Alaska Aces.
Friday's game starts at 7 p.m. Get the night started off right with the Hooters pre-game rally and enjoy food and drink specials, prize giveaways and more. Be sure to enjoy Free Wing Fridays courtesy of Hooters. Bring your Reign ticket to Hooters within 24 hours of the game to receive five free wings!
Saturday's 6 p.m. game is Fan Appreciation Night, brought to you by Toyota. All Ontario Reign fans are welcome because tonight is all about you! Drive to the Kelly Cup rally towels will be given out to fans as they enter the arena. Prizes will be given away throughout the game.
The Toyota Tundra Chuck-A-Puck giveaway will happen at the game! One lucky fan will get to drive a Toyota Tundra home, as they will win a two-year lease with Toyota. Former LA Kings player, Glen Murray will be at the game signing autographs at the Toyota vehicle located in the main entrance of the arena (time TBA). Lastly, the Reign/Toyota jerseys off our backs will happen immediately after the game. To enter to win one of the Reign's orange game-worn jerseys, you MUST submit your entry at the Toyota vehicle display at the main entrance of Citizens Business Bank Arena Saturday ONLY! Twenty five lucky fans will be picked at random and brought down to the ice to receive your jersey from each of our players.
Cameron the Super Fan will help cheer on the Reign in their last regular season game.
Come meet up with the players after the game and enjoy some great food from Boston's Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar located on the corner of Milliken and 4th St. (11260 4th Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730).
Show your ticket stub and receive 15% off your food order.
Be sure to stop by and visit George and the crew at the Royal Caribbean table during the all Reign home games to take advantage of these exclusive “Reign Fan” offers! April 30, 2012, we can offer "Reign Fans" a complimentary dinner for two in a specialty restaurant when they when booking an oceanview or above category stateroom on Any 6-Night or longer Caribbean sailing departing May 1 – December 31, 2012. Receive up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom if you book by March 31st!
Remember, with playoffs just around the corner, every game counts! Don't miss a minute of Reign hockey, call 909-941-PUCK (7825) or visit www.ontarioreign.com today for tickets to Reign home games.