ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign completed their final pre-season match up against the Las Vegas Wranglers Sunday evening at Center Ice Arena in Ontario. The Reign fell to the Wranglers 4-1 as they head into their first game of the regular season at Bakersfield on October 18.
After a nearly scoreless first period, F Tim Kraus put the Reign on the scoreboard with eight seconds remaining off of an assist from F Itan Chavira and RW Brad Mehalko. The Reign carried the lead into the second until the Wranglers scored two unanswered goals to put them ahead to end the period.
Wranglers F Chris Korchinski netted a goal and C Luke Hunter sent one through the crease on an empty netter in the third when the Reign pulled G John Murray for an extra skater. Reign goaltenders Kellen Briggs (out in the third period due to injury) and John Murray combined for 27 saves on the night, but the Wranglers out shot the Reign 31-24 to end the match.
The Reign released Defenseman Scott Raisanen on Saturday from his tryout contract and Goaltender John Murray was returned to the Reign from Manitoba (AHL). The Reign also announced that they have released G Dennis Cook.