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Reign Roll into AHL’s Western Conference Finals

May 16, 2016
Western Conference Finals Schedule
Game 1 – Sat., May 21 – at Ontario, 8 PT Buy Tickets
Game 2 – Sun., May 22 –at Ontario, 7 PT Buy Tickets
*Game 6 – Tue., May 31 – at Ontario, 7 PT
*Game 7 – Wed., June 1 – at Ontario, 7 PT
*if necessary
 
The Western Conference Finals will feature a 2-3-2 format with the Reign battling the winner of the Grand Rapids/Lake Erie series. Game 6 between the two teams is tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Lake Erie leading the series, 3-2. The Reign advanced to the Conference Finals after taking down San Jose, 3-1, in the best-of-five Pacific Division Semifinals and San Diego, 4-1, in the Pacific Division Finals.
 
Reign Shutdown Gulls in Five Games
The Ontario Reign wrapped up the Pacific Division Finals with the San Diego Gulls in five contests including a pair of thrilling overtime victories in San Diego and a 2-1 series finale at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
 
The Reign jumped out a 2-0 series lead with a 5-3 Win in Game 1 in Ontario and a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 2 in San Diego with forward Justin Auger providing the extra-skate heroics. Less than 24 hours after Game 2, the Gulls bounced back for their lone win of the series, a 3-0 victory, behind 29 saves from goaltender Matt Hackett.
 
In Game 4, the Reign reclaimed a stranglehold on the series with a 4-3 overtime victory in San Diego with rookie forward Mike Amadio scoring the game-winning marker on his 20th birthday. Not to be outdone, Auger buried the game-winning tally on his 22nd birthday the following night to seal the series for the Reign.
 
Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – at Ontario 5-3 Win Box Score Highlights
Game 2 – at San Diego 2-1 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights
Game 3 – at Ontario 3-0 Loss Box Score Highlights
Game 4 – at San Diego 4-3 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights
Game 5 – at Ontario 2-1 Win Box Score Highlights
 
First-Round Recap…
The Ontario Reign closed their best-of-five opening-round playoff series with the San Jose Barracuda with a pair of victories at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Game 3 and Game 4 for a 3-1 series win.
 
After splitting the first two games in San Jose, the Reign dominated Game 3 on Thursday from the opening faceoff and claimed a 3-1 decision. Forward Adrian Kempe scored twice and forward Nic Dowd added a power-play goal as the Reign fired 43 shots on goal.
 
Looking to fight off elimination, the Barracuda peppered Reign goalie Peter Budaj early in Game 4 Friday night, but Nic Dowd smothered their momentum with a tally midway through the first period en route to a 4-1 Reign victory. After missing Game 3, forward Andrew Crescenzi returned to the lineup and buried a goal and two assists for the Reign. Forwards Justin Auger and Jordan Samuels-Thomas also scored goals for the Reign.
 
Game 1: at San Jose 2-1 Win Box Score Highlights
Game 2: at San Jose 3-2 Loss Box Score Highlights
Game 3: at Ontario 3-1 Win Box Score Highlights
Game 4: at Ontario 4-1 Win Box Score Highlights
 
The Postseason Numbers
Record: 7-2
Home: 4-1
Away: 3-1
Last 10 Games: 7-2
Streak: 2-0
Goals: Adrian Kempe (4)
Assists: Nic Dowd (5)
Points: Nic Dowd (8)
Penalty Minutes: Kris Newbury (17)
Power-Play Goals: Nic Dowd, Vincent LoVerde, Kris Newbury (1)
Power-Play Assists: Six Players tied (1)
Power-Play Points: Nic Dowd, Vincent LoVerde (2)
Shorthanded Goals: Jeff Schultz (1)
Shorthanded Assists: N/A
Shorthanded Points: N/A
Game-Winning Goals: Justin Auger (3)
Wins: Peter Budaj (7)                         
GAA: Peter Budaj (1.73)                   
SPCT: Peter Budaj (.918)
 
This Week:
 
Ontario Reign vs. Lake Erie/Grand Rapids
Game 1 – Third Round – 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs
Saturday, May 21
8:00 p.m. PT
Citizens Business Bank Arena
 
Ontario Reign vs. Lake Erie/Grand Rapids
Game 2 – Third Round – 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs
Sunday, May 22
7:00 p.m. PT
Citizens Business Bank Arena
 
Latest Reign News…
 
Reign Announce Western Conference Finals Home Schedule
Ontario, CA – Home dates for the 2016 Western Conference Finals have been announced and the Reign open the best-of-seven series on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Schedule
 
Reign Value Deal – Playoff Ticket, Hot Dog and Soda Starting at $25
Score big with this exclusive value offer to see the Ontario Reign in the Calder Cup Playoffs! Get a ticket to the game (Game 1 or Game 3) and enjoy a hot dog and soda while you take in the action on the ice! Buy Tickets
 
Reign Take Down Gulls in Game 5
Ontario, CA – Justin Auger scored the game-winning goal as the Ontario Reign (7-2-0-0) edged the San Diego Gulls (4-5-0-0­), 2-1, to win the best-of-seven Pacific Division Finals series, 4-1, and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Recap
 
Reign Insider – Game 5 Breakdown
Presented with the opportunity to close out their rival San Diego Gulls, the Reign delivered. Breakdown
 
Mike Amadio Buries Game-Winning Goal in OT on 20th Birthday
San Diego, CA – Forward Mike Amadio scored his first professional goal with the game-winning tally in overtime to give the Ontario Reign (6-2) a 4-3 victory over to the San Diego Gulls (4-4) in Game 4 of the Pacific Division Finals Friday evening at Valley View Casino Center. The Reign lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1. Recap
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