By Mark Bland
Cleveland – The Ontario Reign (1-6-0-0) secured their first victory of the season in their second matchup against the Cleveland Monsters (3-3-1-0) at Quicken Loans Arena. Reign Goalie Jack Campbell also picked up his first win of the season in this matinee contest.
Ontario grabbed their first lead of the season of the season off of a Sean Walker power play tally (5:30) with assists by Jonny Brodzinski and Philippe Maillet in opening play. Shortly after, Michael Mersch recorded another goal for Ontario on another power play (6:37). Philippe Maillet and Paul LaDue got the assist credit on the Mersch scoring play.
In the middle frame, the Reign gave up their only goal of the game to Cleveland’s Tyler Motte (7:27). Ontario played steady only taking nine total shots on goal in the period.
In the final stanza of the game, Ontario play strong defense and contained the Monsters from tying the game and locked their first win overall and first road win of the season. The Reign went 2/6 in power plays, and had a total of 26 shots on goal. Cleveland, respectively, went 1/4 in power plays, and attempted 35 total shots on goal.
The Ontario Reign return home on Wednesday, November 1 against the San Jose Barracuda at 7:00 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Wear your stripped socks to support the Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire! The Reign are also hosting a toiletries drive for the House. Visit OntarioReign.com for more information!
Join the Reign as they host the San Diego Gulls and open the SoCal Series on Saturday, November 4 a Citizens Business Bank Arena at 6:00. Celebrate San Antonio Regional Hospital Night! The Reign will be wearing special SARH jerseys and hosting a jersey auction. 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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