November 4, 2017
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Ontario Reign – 3, San Diego Gulls – 4 Shootout
Forward Michael Mersch scored a goal and an assist and goalie Jack Campbell made 23 saves, but the Ontario Reign fell to the San Diego Gulls 4-3 in the shootout Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Forward Kevin Roy registered three assists for San Diego. The Reign carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into the week.
- Reign dominate the scoring chances in the opening period, leading in shots 19-7, a new season-high, but the Gulls cash in off a lucky break at 17:33 as former Reign defenseman Jeff Schultz taps in a loose puck past goalie Jack Campbell.
- The Gulls quickly go up 2-0 with a power-play goal off the blade of defenseman Andy Welinski at 18:41 of the first period.
- The Reign cut the lead in half as team captain Brett Sutter buried his third goal of the season and 300th pro point over the blocker of Gulls goalie Reto Berra at 9:42 of the second period. Matt Luff and Sam Herr add assists.
- Defenseman Paul LaDue ties the contest for the Reign with a power-play marker at 19:02 of the middle stanza. Alex Lintuniemi and Michael Mersch with assists.
- In the early stages of the third period, the Gulls defense turned the puck over to Michael Mersch who lifts in an unassisted goal to give the Reign a 3-2 advantage at 6:19.
- San Diego responds with their second power-play goal of the game at 10:52. Deven Sideroff slips a quick passing play between the legs of Campbell.
- After overtime, the two sides skated to a shootout with San Diego prevailing 2-0 in the best-of-three format. Kevin Roy and Spencer Abbott lit the goal lamp.
NEXT GAME: Saturday, November 11 at San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PT, Valley View Casino Center
NEXT HOME GAME: Wednesday, November 22 vs. Stockton Heat, 7:00 p.m. PT
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The Ontario Reign open a three-game road trip on Saturday, November 11 against the San Diego Gulls at 7:00 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and then travel to San Jose to take on the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday, November 18 at 1:15 p.m. at SAP Center and Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. Follow the action on the Reign Insider and listen live at Facebook.com/OntarioReign!
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