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By Mark Bland
San Diego, CA – It was another classic rivalry matchup in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, as the Ontario Reign defeated their SoCal foes, the San Diego Gulls 4-1. The Reign’s victory came after one of their best defensive efforts to date. Ontario held San Diego to a mere 12 shots on goal the entire game.
The Reign opened the game with a commanding lead, scoring two goals in the first period. Jonny Brodzinski nailed a slap shot (6:20) from a Michael Mersch and Zach Leslie assist. Alex Lintuniemi scored his first goal of the season when his shot dribbled into the net (14:56). Lintuniemi’s tally was assisted by Stepan Falkovsky and Andrew Crescenzi.
A scoreless middle stanza for both teams in the contest tonight. However, the most impressive highlight was the Reign’s defense and possession of the puck on offense. Ontario held San Diego to 0 shots on goal for the entire period.
In the third and final marker of the game, The Reign maintained and extended their lead over the Gulls. Andrew Crescenzi lead the way for Ontario netting two shots in the period Crescenzi’s first was a back-door feed in from Jamie Devane and Stepan Falkovsky (3:20). His last one of the game was a solo shot on a San Diego empty net (19:27) to seal the deal for the Reign. In between Crescenzi’s two goals, San Diego’s Keaton Thompson dropped one in (15:07) off of a Jacob Larsson and Austin Ortega during the Gulls’ final power play of the game.
The Reign continue a three-game road trip this weekend as they visit the San Jose Barracuda at SAP Center on Saturday, November 18 at 1:15 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. Watch the Reign Pregame Show and tune in to the action at Facebook.com/OntarioReign!
Join the Reign as they host the Stockton Heat on Wednesday, November 22 a Citizens Business Bank Arena at 7:00. Celebrate San Antonio Regional Hospital Blanket Night (first 5,000 fans)! For Reign season tickets, along with information on other ticket plans and group packages, call 909-941-PUCK (7825) and visit OntarioReign.com!
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