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Ontario, CA – Netminder Jack Campbell recorded a solid performance and forward Jonny Brodzinski scored a goal and added an assist as the Ontario Reign (26-12-8-0) breezed past the Tucson Roadrunners (25-18-5-0), 4-1, on Friday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Campbell was the difference for Ontario against the Roadrunners. The Michigan native turned aside 36 saves to improve to 23-9-5-1 on the year.
After the game, Head Coach Mike Stothers commented on Campbell’s strong start and consistency throughout the season. “This was a perfect example of our guys stepping up to play and making contributions.
“Everybody from Soupy on up was good. Our guys from Manchester did a good job for us tonight.”
Forwards Mike Amadio, Brett Sutter, Brodzinski and defenseman Cameron Schilling each scored for the Reign who improve to 3-3-2-0 against the Roadrunners.
Tucson struck first in the opening period on a goal from forward Laurent Dauphin. The 181-pound center knocked in forward Anthony Duclair’s rebound after Campbell made the initial diving save at 5:05. Forward Mark Olver tallied the secondary assist. In the same frame, the Reign tied things up when Brodzinski fed the puck to Amadio who fired a shot from the inside circle at 12:54. Both sides tallied 11 shots apiece in the first frame.
In the middle stanza, Sutter put Ontario out in front, intercepting a Tucson pass, and burying an Andrew Crescenzi rebound moments later for a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds remaining.
The Roadrunners opened the third, outshooting the Reign 9-0 through the first six minutes. Campbell was quickly put to the test, and it was his strong play in the period that inspired the offense for Ontario.
“We talked a lot this morning about sorting it out in the defensive zone … trying to lock them down defensively and get those offensive chances too,” said Brodzinski.
Brodzinski scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season at 13:50, sending a backhanded shot past netminder Adin Hill after TJ Hensick stole the puck in the neutral zone. With the point, Hensick extends his personal assist streak to four games. Schilling would cap off the scoring with less than two minutes remaining, on a Campbell assist, launching a long shot into an empty net for his first Reign goal.
Ontario held the Roadrunners to 0-for-6 on the power play.
“I think we proved that if you compete and battle tooth and nail, you got a chance and we did, added Stothers.”
The Reign continue a four-game homestand tomorrow, Saturday, February 18 against the San Jose Barracuda at 6:00 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The first 5,000 fans receive a Sprouts reusable grocery bag! Buy Tickets
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