The Ontario Reign (16-5-2-1) fell to the San Diego Gulls (15-10-0-1) 4-1 at Valley View Casino Center Saturday night, snapping a six-game point streak. Forward Justin Auger buried the lone goal for the Reign.
The Gulls opened the scoring early in the first period as forward Nick Kerdiles knocked a rebound past Reign netminder Peter Budaj (17 saves) on the power play at 4:54. The Reign responded halfway through the frame when Auger beat Gulls keeper Anton Khudobin (29 saves) between the legs off the goal line at 10:03 for his sixth goal of the season. Defensemen Kevin Gravel and Nick Ebert picked up assists.
Forward Chris Mueller reclaimed the lead for the Gulls late in the second period pushing a rebound past the left leg of Budaj at 15:23. Despite the goal, the Reign out-chanced and out-shot the Gulls in the second period 13-6 and 24-15 through two periods.
In the third period, the Gulls added two more tallies to seal the victory. Forward Mike Sgarbossacompleted a passing play at 6:49 for his fifth goal of the season and forward Joseph Cramarossa buried an empty-net goal at 18:15 and finished the game with a goal and an assist.
The Reign wrapped up the game 0-for-6 on the power play while the Gulls went 1-for-5.