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December 5, 2017
Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona
Ontario Reign – 2, Tucson Roadrunners – 5
Forward Matt Luff and defenseman Zac Leslie struck on the power play in the second period, but the Tucson Roadrunners scored three goals in the first 5:32 of the third period to defeat the Ontario Reign 5-2 Tuesday night at Tucson Arena.
- Tucson controlled the first period from the opening faceoff and took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Forward Jens Looke made it 1-0 on the power play at 10:45. Late in the frame, Mike Sislo gave the Roadrunners a two-goal lead with a 5-on-3 power play tally at 19:40. The Roadrunners out-shot the Reign 12-5 in the frame.
- In the second period, the Reign fought back and netted a power-play goal of their own as Matt Luff buries a T.J. Hensick rebound at 11:13. Brett Sutter picked up the second assist.
- Reign defenseman Zac Leslie reset the contest on the man advantage at 15:34, blasting a shot past Roadrunners goalie Adin Hill. Matt Luff and Sutter grab assists.
- The Roadrunners started the third period with a bang as Tyler Gaudet capitalizes 36 seconds into the frame. Moments later, Dysin Mayo made it 4-2, deflecting in his first goal of the season at 2:19. Adversity continued to mount against the Reign as Nick Merkley buried his 12 goal of the season at 5:32.
- Reign goalie Cal Petersen suffered the loss, making 23 saves.
The Ontario Reign continue a five-game road trip on Saturday, December 9 against the Texas Stars at 5:00 p.m. PT at H.E.B. Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. The Reign move on to take on the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 PT at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The journey comes to a close on Wednesday, December 13 against San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. PT. Follow along on Twitter at Twitter.com/OntarioReign.
The Reign return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, December 15 against the Stockton Heat at 7:00 for Throwback Night. Join Kinston and familiar friends, Blaze and the Dark Knight! The Reign will be wearing special throwback jerseys and hosting a silent jersey auction! Friday is also $2 Bud Light Friday! Pick up a Reign Power Play Pack and receive a ticket, hot dog and soda starting at $25 with NO FEES at OntarioReign.com!
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