ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign, defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, made an unbelievable come back to defeat the San Francisco Bulls 5-4 in a shootout decision before a crowd of 7,241 at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday night.
Just 13 seconds into play CJ Stretch got his first goal of the season. San Francisco turned the puck over in their end and Stretch picked it up and shot it between Thomas Heemskerk’s pads for the tally. Colton Yellow Horn had a beautiful opportunity as he brought the puck into the Bulls zone but got tripped up at the net. Brady Calla was called for goaltender interference and San Francisco made the most of the man-advantage scoring the equalizer.
The Bulls took the lead at 13:49 of the first period when Matt Carter was granted a penalty shot. He brought the puck in close and fired a top shelf, wrist shot past Chris Carrozzi’s blocker side.
The shots evened out for the Bulls in the second period and a hard shot from the hashes by rookie Kris Belan found the back of the net. The Reign had only five shots on Heemskerk through the frame.
Another early goal came in the third period as Jordan Clendenning scored just 16 seconds in. Ontario didn’t give up the momentum as Dan DaSilva scored his first goal of the season with a quick shot past Heemskerk, the play was assisted by Chris Cloud. At the 18:11 mark of the final period, Derek Couture tipped in a long shot from Yellow Horn to get the Reign’s third tally. Paul Mara earned his first ECHL point with the second assist. Just 39 seconds later, Vincent LoVerde netted his second goal of the season from the blue line to tie the game and force overtime. Cameron Burt and CJ Stretch both got their first assists of the season on the goal.
The overtime frame was scoreless and the game went to a shoot out. After three rounds, DaSilva scored the tying goal. Yellow Horn’s game winning goal gave the Reign the lead for the first time since the first period and it was Chris Huxley’s tally that ended the game.
1. ONT – Colton Yellow Horn
2. ONT – Derek Couture
3. SF – Dylan King
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The Ontario Reign will begin a 10-day road trip visiting Gwinnett, South Carolina, Idaho, and Las Vegas before returning home on Sunday, Nov. 4 to face the Bakersfield Condors for Military Appreciation night, presented by Stater Bros. Charities. This is the first specialty jersey night of the season and will celebrate and honor the men and women that have served this country.
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