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Reign Battle Back to Defeat Steelheads 4-3 in Overtime

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, fought back to defeat the Idaho Steelheads 4-3 in overtime before 6,644 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena Wednesday night.  Kyle Kraemer finished with two goals, including the game-winning goal.

Kraemer tallied his ninth goal of the season at 15:50 of the first period, as Dusty Collins’ pass put Kraemer one-on-one against Idaho goalie, Jase Weslosky, and Kraemer delivered.  The shot caught a piece of Weslosky’s jersey as it passed under his arm, but had enough behind it to put the Reign up 1-0.

Justin Taylor extended the Reign lead to 2-0 with his fifth goal of the season at 7:25 of the second period.  Chaz Johnson deflected an Idaho clearing attempt to Taylor who fired a laser into the top right corner of the cage.  Johnson’s assist on the play pushed his point streak to seven games, during which he’s racked up eight points (5g,3a).

Mike Zacharias had turned aside the first 29 shots he faced, but Idaho scored on its next three shots to take a 3-2 lead.  A power-play goal by Cody Purves at 19:05 got Idaho on the board, Mark Derlago tied it nine seconds later, and Junior Lessard put the Steelheads in front at 1:52 of the third.  Jordan Morrison’s 15th goal of the season at 15:10 sent the game into overtime.  Morrison controlled a rebound and lifted the puck out over a pileup in front of the net.

Idaho was signaled for a penalty half way through overtime and the Reign got Zacharias on the bench and an extra skater on the ice.  Jordan Hill’s slap shot fell into the crease and trickled towards the goal line, where Kraemer smacked it across to give Ontario the 4-3 win.

Zacharias had 36 saves in the win, while Weslosky saved 22 in the loss.

Tonight's three stars were:
1. ONT – Kyle Kraemer
2. ONT – Jordan Morrison
3. IDH – Junior Lessard
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