ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and the AHL Manchester Monarchs, were defeated by the Phoenix Roadrunners 2-0 in front of 4,912 at Citizens Business Bank Arena Saturday evening.
The Reign (4-2-0, 8 points) and Roadrunners (4-2-1, 9 points) met for the second match-up between the two teams in two days, in the Reign’s third home game of the season and the Roadrunners first on the road. Reign defenseman David Walker and Phoenix left wing James McEwan heated up Saturday’s game early as they came out with the gloves off just four minutes into the first period, ending with Walker wrestling McEwan down to the blue line. Phoenix scored the first goal on the night as they wrapped around behind the Reign’s net crossing the puck in front of the crease, forcing a shot past Reign goaltender Zatkoff, to put the Roadrunners ahead 1-0 with 15 seconds remaining in the first.
After a scoreless second period and a called off goal by Reign right wing Ryan Bowness, the Reign looked to tie the match in the third out shooting the Roadrunners 21 to 12 in the stanza. Phoenix pushed their lead to 2 at the four minute mark when defenseman Rob Dmytruk found the net off a shot near the right faceoff circle to put the Phoenix ahead 2-0. The Reign tried to make a comeback, but were unable to find the net on the night as they ended the match with a final score ,2-1, suffering their first shutout loss of the season.
Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced on the night, including 22 of 23 in the first period, the most shots in one period he has yet faced.
Notes: Prior to this evening’s game, the Ontario Reign activated right wing Itan Chavira from the 3-day IR, marking his professional debut, and center Jon Francisco was placed on the 3-day IR…Ontario’s 21 shots in the third period marked the Reign’ season high shots in a single period…the Reign’s 36 shots on the night marked the reign’s season high shots in a game.