Reign Complete Season Sweep of Stars with 5-2 WinFeb 28, 2016
The Ontario Reign (32-14-3-1) completed the six-game regular-season series sweep of the Texas Stars (32-20-4-3) with a 5-2 victory at Cedar Park Center Saturday evening.
Jonny Brodzinski scored a goal and two assists and Sean Backman added two power-play goals.
The Reign kicked off the scoring 8:27 in the contest when Brodzinski grabbed a pass from Kris Newbury and snapped a shot over the glove of Stars netminder Maxime Lagace (22 saves). Moments later, Backman made it a two-goal Reign lead with a power play goal at 10:25 with help from Vincent LoVerde and Brodzinski. The Stars jumped on the scoreboard late in the period as forward Curtis McKenzie slipped a backhanded shot past the left pad of Reign goalie Peter Budaj (24 saves) at 14:37.
Backman added his second goal of the game, also on the power play, midway through the second period, ripping a shot past Lagace from the blue line. Newbury and Brodzinski added assists. With nine seconds left in the period, Budaj mishandled a rebound and placed the puck on the stick of Jason Dickenson who pulled the contest back within one goal.
In the third period, Jordan Samuels-Thomas suppressed the Stars attack with his 10th goal of the season to make 4-2 at 12:07 from Justin Auger and Matt Leitner.
Auger sealed the Reign victory with an empty-net goal at 18:41 from Nic Dowd.
The Reign finished the game 2-for-5 on the power play while the Stars went 0-for-5.