January 12, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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REIGN FINISH OFF ACES, 3-2, AT HOME
Dusty Collins Nets Game-Winner with Short-Handed Goal
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, beat the Alaska Aces 3-2 before 6,433 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena Wednesday night.
C.J. Stretch scored the only goal of the first period when a loose puck came his way in the left circle and he snapped it past Adam Courchaine to give the Reign a 1-0 lead. The goal was unassisted.
Beau Erickson held the Aces scoreless until 13:24 of the second period, when Scott Howes scored to tie the game at one.
Alaska took a 2-1 lead early in the third before Jason Fredricks tied the game, 2-2, with a fluke goal off of the glass as he attempted to dump the puck into the Aces’ zone. Courchaine had vacated the net to play the carom behind the net, but the puck took a lucky bounce off of a seam between the plexiglass panels and into the wide-open net. It was Fredricks’ first goal as a member of the Reign. With the Reign killing a penalty, Alaska turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Dusty Collins capitalized. Collins found twine with a hard slap shot to put the Reign up for good, as Ontario held on to beat Alaska, 3-2.
Erickson made 34 saves to earn his first victory in a Reign sweater, while Courchaine made 26 saves in the loss.
Tonight’s three stars were:
1) ONT – Dusty Collins
2) AK – Scott Howes
3) ONT – Beau Erickson
Complete scoring summary available by clicking here.
The Reign go on the road for games in Las Vegas and Bakersfield, then return to Citizens Business Bank Arena Wednesday the 19th to face the Bakersfield Condors. Wednesday's game is a Buffalo Wings & Rings $5 Wednesday! Upper level tickets are only $5 (not including facility fees). This offer is only available by picking up a ticket voucher at Buffalo Wings & Rings (Baseline & Day Creek location). Puck drops at 7 p.m.
A post-game player party will be held at Boston's Pizza (4th & Milliken location) immediately following the match. Come out, meet your favorite Reign players, and enjoy 15% off of your bill (excluding alcohol) when you show your ticket stub from the match against Bakersfield.
Sunday the 23rd's 5 p.m. game against the Stockton Thunder is Red Cross Jersey Night, sponsored by the American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter. Reign players will be wearing special edition Red Cross jerseys that will be auctioned off immediately following the match against Stockton. Auction proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter.
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office or online at ticketmaster.com.