February 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Slusarski, Ontario Reign PR Intern
Reign Kill Eagles Win Streak, 4-3
Kevin Estrada records two goals
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign (30-15-3-2), proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, ended the six-game win streak of the Colorado Eagles (28-17-1-4) with a 4-3 victory before 6,291 at Citizens Business Bank Arena Friday night.
Something about the Eagles brings out the best in Derek Couture and the Reign offense. Couture came into the game with 10 points (4g, 6a) in five games against Colorado and added a goal and assist tonight. Ontario has averaged more than four goals a game in the series.
After missing the previous three home games, Couture announced his return to the crowd with his 21st goal of the season 6:11 into the opening frame. Kyle Jones denied new Ontario forward, Everett Sheen’s wraparound attempt, but Couture snapped the rebound into the net before the goalie could recover. C.J. Stretch added an assist. Kevin Estrada extended Ontario’s lead to 2-0 at 14:10 with a one-timer off of a Kyle Kraemer pass. Estrada leaned into a bomb of a slap shot at the top of the right face-off circle for his 13th marker of the season.
Ontario jumped out to a 4-0 lead on power-play goals by Kraemer at 15:57 of the second and Estrada.19 seconds into the third. Kraemer tapped home a pass from Tristan King while stationed at the right pipe and Estrada cleaned up a rebound in the crease after a shot by Couture.
Colorado was determined to make a game of it, scoring three unanswered goals by Steve Haddon, Michael Forney, and Chad Costello in the third period (Forney’s goal coming short-handed) to cut the Reign lead to 4-3. However, Ontario endured intense pressure in the closing minutes to open a four-point lead over Colorado in the Western Conference standings.
J.F Berube was tested early and often as Colorado pelted the rookie netminder with 47 shots – the most any Reign goaltender has faced this season. Berube (10-8-2-0) extended his unbeaten streak to six games with the win, while Jones (23-9-0-3) saw his six-game win streak snapped with the loss.
1) ONT- Kevin Estrada
2) COL- Chad Costello
3) ONT- Kyle Kraemer
To view the box score,click here.
Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against the Idaho Steelheads features Fire on Ice IV, a charity match between the Ontario Fire Department and the New York Fire Department, presented by the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont. The game starts at 2 p.m. and one ticket is good for admission to both games.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance at Saturday’s game will receive a Jon Francisco bobblehead, sponsored by Progressive Energy Solutions. The bobbleheads will be handed out starting at the 2 p.m. game, doors open at 1 p.m.
The Reign wrap up their home stand Sunday with a 5 p.m. game against the Steelheads. Come meet the players after the game and enjoy some great food at 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! Offers to include $50 shipboard credit per cabin, “Passport to Savings” booklet, book Allure & Oasis of the Seas by March 31st and receive a FREE spa treatment (some restrictions apply) and any bookings made by February 29 with a sail by March 31 they will receive a FREE Specialty Restaurant dinner on ANY Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Call (888) 798-9133 with any questions.
Call 909-941-PUCK (7825) or visit www.ontarioreign.com today for tickets to Reign home games.