Andrew Martens Records Three Assists In Home Win
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings, defeated the Stockton Thunder, 5-3, on Saturday evening. The Reign, who leads the ECHL in highest average attendance, saw 8,497 in the stands at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The Reign was first on the board for the second consecutive night against the Thunder. Forward Michael Pelech scored the opening goal exactly two minutes after the first face-off, when he deflected a pass from right wing Todd Jackson over the goal line behind Thunder goalie Andrew Perugini. Defenseman Andrew Martens also recorded an assist on the play.
Right wing J.F. Caudron answered back for the Thunder less than two minutes later. After Reign goaltender Curtis Darling was able to turn away two shots on net, Caudron managed to get one through traffic to tie the game, 1-1.
Sean O’Connor marked his sixth goal of the season and the go-ahead goal for Ontario when he redirected defenseman Shawn Germain’s rocket from just inside the blue line behind Perugini, who was out at the top of his crease, and into the net. Tony Voce extended the Reign’s lead to two goals when he chipped a loose puck into the net at 14:46 off an assist from Andrew Martens.
Late in the first period, Chris D’Alvise registered his fourth goal in two games against the Reign with a power play goal that brought the Thunder within one point of Ontario. Matt Robinson nabbed the assist.
Reign captain Jon Francisco capitalized on a man-advantage at 9:34 in the second and put the Reign up by two with his power play goal, but Thunder defenseman Anthony Aiello countered back with a goal for his club at 13:30.
Tony Voce scored his second goal of the game just over a minute later. Andrew Martens fired off a shot that didn’t make it through to the goal line, but Voce picked up the loose puck and threw it into the top back corner of the net. Martens marked his third assist of the game on the power play goal, and Todd Jackson, who appeared in the lineup for the first time after a long stint on the IR, recorded his second.
Although the officials doled out 16 penalty minutes in the final period, neither club scored any goals, and Ontario took the win with a final score of Reign 5, Thunder 3.
To view the box score, click here.
To view current Pacific Division and league standings, click here.
1. ONT – Tony Voce
2. ONT – Jon Francisco
3. ONT – Todd Jackson
Click here to become a member of the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Get free food and other insider-only treats – all delivered straight to your inbox!
The Ontario Reign will be raising money for the Hope Reigns Foundation when they host a “Tip-A-Player” fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10, at El Torito Restaurant. Players will be participating in a karaoke contest, signing autographs, and taking pictures with fans. A portion of the day’s profits will be donated to the foundation. The Reign will be on hand from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. El Torito is located at 3680 Inland Empire Boulevard in the city of Ontario. For more information, please call (909) 941-PUCK (7825).
Don’t miss the next Reign home game on Saturday, February 13. The Reign will be facing-off against their Pacific Division rivals, the Stockton Thunder, at 7:00 p.m. Great seats are still available and can be purchased by calling the Reign front office at (909)941-7825 or at ticketmaster.com.