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December 1, 2017
Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA
Ontario Reign – 2, San Diego Gulls – 3
Defenseman Kevin Gravel scored the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in the third period, but the San Diego Gulls snatched the victory away from the Ontario Reign with the game-winning marker with two seconds standing in a 3-2 decision at Citizens Business Bank Arena Friday night.
- The Gulls held the Reign off the shot clock in the opening 10 minutes of the contest. Reign goaltender Cal Petersen denied all eight Gulls first-period looks while San Diego’s Reto Berra made seven saves on seven eventual Reign shots.
- Reign open the scoring 3:04 into the second period as Stepan Falkovsky’s shot goes off the glove of Berra for his second goal of the season. Matt Luff and Brett Sutter pick up assists.
- The Gulls respond just over two minutes later when forward Scott Sabourin moved around the defense and lifted a shot over the glove of Petersen from the right-wing circle at 5:18.
- San Diego claims the lead 1:26 into the third period on the power play. Forward Giovanni Fiore completes a 3-on-2 rush into the zone and beats Petersen under the glove.
- Reign defenseman Kevin Gravel tied the contest, 2-2, with 25 seconds left in regulation while on the power play and with Petersen pulled for the extra attacker. Forwards Mike Amadio and T.J. Hensick recorded assists.
- With 2.3 seconds left in regulation, Fiore collected a loose puck in the offensive zone and buried the game-winning tally for the Gulls.
The Ontario Reign embark on a 13-day, five-game road trip starting Sunday, December 3 against the Tucson Roadrunners at 3:05 p.m. PT at Tucson Arena. The Reign meet the Roadrunners on Sunday and Tuesday, December 5 and move on to battle the Texas Stars (Dec. 9, 13) and San Antonio Rampage (Dec. 10). Follow along on Twitter at Twitter.com/OntarioReign.
The Reign return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, December 15 against the Stockton Heat at 7:00 for Throwback Night. Join Kinston and familiar friends, Blaze and the Dark Knight! The Reign will be wearing special throwback jerseys and hosting a silent jersey auction! Friday is also $2 Bud Light Friday! Pick up a Reign Power Play Pack and receive a ticket, hot dog and soda starting at $25 with NO FEES at OntarioReign.com!
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