With the Reign on the power play, the puck was cleared back into the Ontario zone. Brian Swanson picked Shawn Collymore’s pocket, then went in all alone and beat Kellen Briggs low for his fourth goal of the season. Zach Harrison made it 2-0, as he one-timed a Chris Langkow pass over Briggs’ glove at 18:08.
But the Reign rallied back in the second frame. Luke Beaverson pulled the Reign within one goal on a fine individual effort, as he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and sped past two defenders down the left side. Alaska goaltender Adam Courchaine stopped Beaverson’s first shot, but Beaverson corralled his own rebound and put the puck into the wide-open net.
Rookie Matt Delahey tallied his second goal of the season on a Reign power play to even it up at 2-2. The puck was bouncing around in a scrum behind the Alaska net which had Courchaine guessing which post to guard. He guessed wrong. Collymore poked it into the slot where Delahey snapped it home for his first professional power-play goal.
Alaska touched-up Ontario early in the third period. Alex Dzieliski and Ethan Cox scored on a pair of two-on-ones just fifty-six seconds apart to take a 4-2 lead. Swanson capped off the scoring with his second goal of the game, an empty-netter at 17:53.
Courchaine stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win, while Briggs absorbed the loss with 27 saves on 31 shots.
Tonight’s three stars were:
1) AK – Brian Swanson
2) AK – Garry Nunn
3) ONT – Luke Beaverson
The Reign travel to Alaska to play three against the Aces before returning home to host the Victoria Salmon Kings on Friday, November 19th, followed by three games with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Saturday, November 20th is Humane Society Jersey Night, sponsored by the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley. Reign players will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys that will be auctioned off immediately following the match against Las Vegas. Auction proceeds benefit the Humane Society of San Bernardino.
It's also "Beat Vegas" Cap Night, sponsored by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive "Beat Vegas" Cap #1 (in a series of seven), so be sure to arrive early!
A post-game player party will be held at Boston's Pizza (4th & Milliken location) immediately following the match. Come out, meet your favorite Reign players, and enjoy 15% off of your bill (excluding alcohol) when you show your ticket stub from the match against Las Vegas.
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Citizen Business Bank Arena box office or online at www.ontarioreign.com. Call the Reign front office for more information at (909) 941-PUCK (7825).