REIGN POUR ON GRIZZLIES IN 6-5 WIN
Four players notch multi-point night
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and the AHL Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utah Grizzlies 6-5 in front of 3,760 at the E-Center Saturday evening. Five different Reign players scored in the win and goaltender John Murray stopped 36 of 41 shots in his first win of the season.
The Reign (5-4-0-1, 11 points) suited up against the Grizzlies (6-3-0, 12 points) for the final match between the two teams in a 3-game series in Utah. Three Reign players scored their first goals of the season in the first period, beginning with Reign center Dusty Collins. Collins put the club on the board first in the match at 7:26, as he found the net off of assists from right wing Jon Rheault and defenseman Darren McMillan. Jon Rheault lit the lamp at 13:05 for his first goal of the year with the Reign, on a power play as he put the puck past Grizzlies netminder Mike Mole, putting the Reign up 2-0. Centers Jon Francisco and Dusty Collins registered the assists. With five minutes remaining in the period, left wing Ryan MacGregor scored his first goal of the year, assisted by Jon Rheault and Darren McMillan, who both notched their second assists on the night. Utah found their way on to the boards with two minutes remaining in the period, sending the teams into the second with a game score, 3-1.
Ontario came out first in the second period with Jon Francisco posting his fifth goal on the season just one minute and 30 seconds into the stanza, pushing the Reign ahead of the Grizzlies 4-1. Right wing Maxime Boisclair tallied his first point of the season on the assist, along with left wing Todd Jackson marking his second assist this year. Utah’s Reagan Leslie and Mike Walsh scored two goals for the Grizzlies in the second as the teams ended the period with the Reign leading 4-3.
The final period of the game found Reign right wing Brad Mehalko and center Dusty Collins lighting the lamp with Mehalko scoring a power play goal just 55 seconds into the third period. Tim Kraus assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to three games (2g, 1a= 3 points), and Jon Rheault marked his third assist on the evening. Collins found the net just over one minute later, posting his second goal on the night with defenseman Andrew Martens registering the assist. The Grizzlies collected two additional goals in the third, but the Reign held off the attack to take the win with a final score, 6-5.
Notes: Tim Kraus extended his point streak to 3 games (2g, 1a) with an assist on the night (11/5-11/8)…Todd Jackson, Ryan MacGregor, Jon Rheault and Dusty Collins each tallied a +2 rating in Saturday’s game, tying the Reign’s highest plus/minus rating of +2 …Jon Rheault’s one goal and three assists (4 points) marks the highest Reign individual points in a game…Darren McMillan, Jon Rheault, Jon Francisco and Dusty Collins’ multi-point game in the match-up marks the Reign’s most individual multi-point games this season.
The Reign 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.
Saturday, Nov. 15 is Military Appreication Night with the Reign! 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 visit www.ontarioreign.com.
Single game tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, at all TicketMaster locations, or by calling (213) 480-3232.