GAME PREVIEW: ONTARIO REIGN VS UTAH GRIZZLIES
Ontario Reign: 20-14-2-1 (43 points) – 1st place - Pacific Division
Utah Grizzlies: 15-14-4-3 (37 points) – 4th place – West Division
Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Date: Saturday, January 17
11/5/08 @ Utah L, 2-3
11/7/08 @ Utah L, 2-3 (SO)
11/8/08 @ Utah W, 6-5
1/16/09 vs. Utah L, 3-4 (OT)
1/17/09 vs. Utah 7:00 p.m.
3/6/09 vs. Utah 7:00 p.m.
Tonight’s game is the fifth time the Ontario Reign and the Utah Grizzlies will face-off in the 2008-2009 season. The Reign hold a 1-1-1-1 record against Utah, with the Grizzlies taking a, 4-3, in overtime in the teams’ last match-up at Citizens Business Bank Arena on January 16. Reign Captain Jon Francisco leads the Reign against the Grizzlies with five points (3g, 2a) after tying his season-high points in a game (3) on January 16 with two goals and one assist against Utah. Left wing Ryan Kinasewich leads the Grizzlies in points against the Reign with seven (1g, 6a). The teams are scheduled to meet once more this season at Citizens Business Bank Arena on March 6.
Ontario currently ranks first in the Pacific Division standings, posting an overall record of 20-14-2-1 (43 points), eight points ahead of the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Stockton Thunder (35 points) for second. The Reign are 10-7-2-0 in home games and 10-7-0-1 on the road. Utah ranks fourth place in the West Division standings, with an overall record of 15-14-4-3 (37 points).
Prior to the Reign vs. Grizzles game, the Reign will host the Ontario Fire Department versus the New York Fire Department in a charity match-up benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Fund and CCHS.
Saturday, January 24 – The Reign travel to Bakersfield to face-off against the Condors at Rabobank Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.
• Goals – Jon Francisco (15)
• +/- – Chris Curran (+8)
• Assists –Geoff Walker (18)
• Points – Geoff Walker (29)
• PIM – David Walker (66)
• PPG – Jon Francisco (6)
• Wins – John Murray (11)
• GAA – Jeff Zatkoff (2.25)
• SVP –Jeff Zatkoff (0.936)
• Attendance – 5th (avg. 4,889)
• Shootouts (overall) – 3rd (.750)
• Power Play (overall) – 5th (.194)
• Power Play (home) – 6th (.183)
• Geoff Walker – 10th (tied) (rookie scoring) (29)
• Jon Francisco – 5th (tied) (game winning goals) (4)
• Jon Francisco – 7th (tied) (first goals) (5)
• Jeff Zatkoff – 6th (goals-against average) (2.25)
• John Murray – 11th (goals-against average) (2.51)
• Jeff Zatkoff – 3rd (save percentage) (.936)
• John Murray – 6th (save percentage) (.926)
• Wins – John Murray – 10th (tied) (11)
Join the Reign as they bring the Fire to the Ice on Saturday, January 17, at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Ontario Fire Department will take on the New York Fire Department in a charity match-up at 3 p.m. prior to the Reign vs. Grizzlies game at 7 p.m. Fans have a chance to win an autographed New York Fire jersey and a 52-inch LCD TV! Proceeds from the event will help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and the CCHS organization.
In addition, Vic “The Brick” Jacobs will be in attendance at the Reign's "Fire on Ice" night on Saturday, January 17, to help support the night's events as the Reign take on the Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Vic, a local Los Angeles sports icon and Queens, New York native, is a member of the Loose Cannons radio show on AM 570 KLAC. Limited tickets are still available for the January 17 match. To reserve your seats now, call (909) 941-PUCK (7825). Tickets start at only $10!
Saturday, January 17, is also the Reign’s first Bobblehead giveaway! The first 5,000 fans at the Reign vs. Grizzlies game will receive a Reign bobblehead featuring the Dragon Mascot! In addition, the winner of the “Name the Mascot” contest will be announced and the dragon will receive his name!
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.