Ontario Take Down Thunder on the Road
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, got a strong performance from goaltender Kellen Briggs and six different players contributed goals, as the team spoiled the Thunder’s home opener in front of 6,117 fans at Stockton Arena.
The 2010-11 season got off to a great start for the Ontario Reign, as Shawn Collymore scored the team’s first goal on its first shot less than one minute into the game. Jordan Morrison got control of the puck behind the Thunder net and fed a wide-open Collymore in the slot who one-timed it past goaltender Tyson Sexsmith.
Less than two minutes later, Jeff Corey picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone with a head of steam, made a nice move to get past a Stockton defender and put a backhander through Sexsmith’s five-hole.
In an effort to shift the momentum, Stockton’s Jesse Gimblett picked a fight with David Walker, but the move backfired. Tim Kraus knocked the puck away from Thunder center, Chris Lawrence, along the left-wing boards. Kyle Kraemer got the puck and fought off two stick checks as he fired a shot through traffic that found the back of the net to make it 3-0.
The Reign scored two more unanswered goals in the second. Matt Delahey tallied Ontario’s first power play goal of the season with a long slap shot at 1:32 and Chaz Johnson pushed home a rebound at 7:48 to make it 5-0. The Thunder began to put more pressure on the Reign as the second period went by and finally got on the board at 15:55 when Fraser Clair buried a long rebound past a sprawling Briggs to make it 5-1.
Halfway through the third period, Thunder goaltender, Sexsmith, appeared to not realize the puck was under his right pad and Aaron Lewadniuk took advantage to notch his first professional goal and give the Reign a 6-1 lead. The Thunder wrapped up the scoring with goals by Clair and Gimblett and the Reign won its opening match 6-3. Kellen Briggs made 24 saves in the victory.
The games three stars were:
1) ONT – Kellen Briggs, #34
2) STK – Fraser Clair, #9
3) ONT – Kyle Kraemer, #16
Complete scoring summary available by clicking here.
Don’t miss the Reign’s first home game of the season against the Stockton Thunder on Saturday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m, presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. All fans in attendance will receive a 2010 - 2011 magnet schedule, compliments of Shakey's Pizza. Cameron "the Crazy Fan" will be making an appearance at the game. He will be tossing out t-shirts and getting the crowd pumped. The first post-game player party of the season will be held at Boston's Pizza (4th & Milliken location) immediately following the game. Come out, meet your favorite Reign players, and enjoy 15% off of your bill (excluding alcohol) when you show your ticket stub from that game.
Tickets for opening night are still available and start at $10, they can be purchased at the Citizen Business Bank Arena box office or online at ontarioreign.com. Call the Reign front office for more information at (909) 941-PUCK (7825).