As the clock ticked down and the final horn sounded Wednesday night, the Ontario Reign had more to celebrate than a dominating 6-1 victory over the Stockton Heat at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The orgnization earned their franchise-record 10th sellout crowd of the season in just their first campaign in the American Hockey League, and eighth season overall in the Inland Empire.
"I think it's great," said Darren Abbott, President of LA Kings Minor League Affiliates. "We were able to increase our season-ticket base by over 1,000 people and we've had some big crowds in the in the second half of the year. I think it will continue. We've got great dates down the stretch. It's getting harder to get a ticket in our building which is as lot of fun."
Last Friday, the Reign added to their record with their sixth consecutive sellout as 9,491 witnessed the Reign take down the Texas Stars. As of Monday, the Reign are ranked fourth in the American Hockey League in average attendance and the second California-based team in the Top Four.
"I was surprised at the depth of the fan base here in Ontario," mentioned AHL President and CEO David Andrews during a Reign radio broadcast in January. "It's a really really strong fan support and they are knowlegeable hockey fans. I don't think we could ask for anyting better. The engagement of the fans through all five California markets is terrific."
With six games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, the Reign show no signs of slowing down.
"We just have to keep doing what we are working on," Abbott said. "We have to find new ways to get individual ticket buyers in and we are in renewal season now, so we have to keep focusing on our current customers and our current season ticket base and making sure they are happy. If that happens, we are off to a great start already for next year."
The Reign continue a five-game road trip with a pair of contests against the Texas Stars on February 26 and 27 in Cedar Park, Texas and the San Antonio Rampage on March 6 and March 9 in San Antonio, Texas.