ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and AHL Manchester Monarchs, defeated the Victoria Salmon Kings, 5-2, Monday evening before a crowd of 4,876 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Ontario scored first in the match, at 10:28 in the first period. Left wing Chris Curran fired a shot on goal that hit the inside of the left post and bounced into the net past Victoria goaltender Julien Ellis. Right wing Geoff Walker and center Tim Kraus registered assists on the play. The Salmon Kings were unable to get on the board for the rest of the period, and the Reign took their 1-0 lead into the second.
The Reign scored their second unanswered goal just over three minutes into the second period. Geoff Walker picked up his second point of the game when he spun out of the face-off circle and wristed a shot into the open left side of the net. Tim Kraus picked up the assist and his second point of the game.
Right wing Jon Rheault extended the Reign’s lead to three at 6:59. Defenseman Andrew Martens received a pass from right wing Bud Holloway at the top of the left face-off circle and launched a slapshot at the net. Rheault was ready in the corner of the crease and stuffed the puck between Ellis’ pads and the post.
During a power play at 12:35, defenseman P.J. Atherton made the score 4-0 with his slapshot that beat Ellis on his glove side. Forward Dale Reinhardt registered the assist on the power play goal.
Immediately after the face-off at center ice, Chris Curran and right wing Brady Leavold dropped the gloves. Both wingers landed several hooks to the head of the other before falling to the ice and heading the boxes.
Less than a minute after Atherton’s power play goal, the Reign put up their fifth unanswered goal to extend their lead to five. Defenseman Chad Starling ripped a slapshot from the top of the left face-off circle that was redirected into the net by Geoff Walker. Ontario carried their 5-0 lead into the final period of play.
Victoria ended the Reign’s scoring run with a goal from right wing Dan Gendur that beat Briggs high on his glove side. The goal at 8:27 cut the Reign’s lead to four.
The Salmon Kings scored their second unanswered goal of the match at 16:54. Right wing Curtis Billsten threw a puck at Briggs, but his bid bounced back out into the play. Left wing Scott Howes grabbed the loose puck and buried it behind Briggs in the right corner of the net. The goals came too little too late for Victoria, however, and the Reign clinched the win with a final score of Reign 5, Salmon Kings 2.
1. ONT - G. Walker
2. ONT - K. Briggs
3. ONT - C. Curran
• Bud Holloway extended his point streak to 4-games (2g, 2a) (2/18/09-2/23/09)
• Tim Kraus is currently on a 2-game point streak (1g, 2a) (2/22/09-2/23/09)
• Dan Knapp is currently on a 2-game assist streak (2a) (2/22/09-2/23/09)
• Dale Reinhardt is currently on a 2-game point streak (1g, 1a) (2/22/09-2/23/09)
• The Reign set a club record for most shots in a single game with 52
REIGN DROPS Attention Reign Fans! Team action photos are now available for online purchase at www.ontarioreign.com under the “Multimedia - Photo Gallery” tab. The Ontario Reign team photographer is Lee Calkins.
Saturday, February 28, the first 3,000 fans in attendance when Ontario takes on Las Vegas will receive a special edition Reign trucker cap!
Sunday, March 1, the Reign is holding their season ticket holder party at Santa Anita Racetrack from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Season ticket holders: please R.S.V.P. by calling (909)941-7825.
Are you looking to get in the sports industry? Now is your opportunity!! The Ontario Reign will host a Job Fair at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 2 – 5 p.m. You will be networking with top executives from leading sports and entertainment organizations such as the Clippers, Dodgers, Kings, Galaxy, Angels, Chivas USA, Defenders, Arsenal, Quakes & the 66ers. Pre-registration is required; the $10 registration fee includes a ticket to that night’s 7:00 p.m. game vs. the Stockton Thunder. Bring multiple copies of your resume. Call Greg Mejia to pre-register at (909) 941-7838 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reign is Going Green on Saturday, March 7! The Reign and the Frontier Project joined forces, and fans will experience an Eco-Village, have the opportunity to recycle old cell phones for Chuck-A-Pucks, and watch the Reign take the ice in specially designed green jerseys! The first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition green puck. The Reign will be auctioning off their game-worn jerseys after the game, with all proceeds benefitting the Frontier Project. The Foothill Communities New Generation Rotary Club will be hosting an electronic waste (E-Waste) recycling collection event in the parking lot of Citizens Business Bank Arena from 9 am – 4 pm.
Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, at all TicketMaster locations, or by calling (213) 480-3232.