VICTORIA, BC – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, scored six goals for the second straight game to defeat the Victoria Salmon Kings, 6-3, Tuesday night. Chaz Johnson put the Reign up for good with two quick goals in the second period and Kellen Briggs stopped point-blank shots to secure the win.
The Reign fell behind, 1-0, to the Salmon Kings at 6:35 of the first period, but came back with a vengeance. Jeff Corey, Lane Caffaro and Kyle Kraemer rattled off three goals in 5 minutes and 10 seconds to vault the Reign to a 3-1 lead.
Victoria inched its way back into the game, as Matt Siddall cut the Reign lead to 3-2 with a power play goal late in the first period and Chad Painchaud tied the game at 4:32 of the second.
The Salmon Kings seemed to control the pace of play in the period, but Chaz Johnson took a long lead pass from David Walker and sprinted toward the Victoria net, faked a cut across the crease and backhanded the puck over a sliding David Shantz to break the deadlock, 4-3. There wasn’t even time to announce the goal when Johnson scored again to put the Reign up, 5-3.
Just 40 seconds later, Jordan Morrison tallied his fifth goal of the season. Both teams crashed the net as Shantz had trouble covering a puck in the crease. The puck bounced out to Morrison in the slot and he threw it over the pile of bodies and into the net. Johnson’s seventh and eighth goals of the season came just 17 seconds apart and all three goals were scored in only 57 seconds.
The Reign held on to win 6-3, thanks in large part to the play of goaltender, Kellen Briggs. Briggs stopped 47 of the 50 shots he faced, including a relentless barrage which came on back-to-back Victoria power plays half way through the third period. Shantz made 22 saves in the loss.
Tonight's three stars were: 1. ONT - Kellen Briggs 2. ONT - Chaz Johnson 3. VIC - Matt Siddall