The Kings’ ECHL affiliate Ontario Reign have reached the league’s Eastern Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. They’ll begin a best-of-seven series against the Allen Americans Sunday afternoon; a series that decides which one of the clubs will advance to play in the Kelly Cup Final.
The Reign posted a regular season record of 43-19-4-6 mark (96 points), situating them at 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 3rd overall in the Western Conference.
TWO ROUNDS DEEP
After going the distance to defeat the Colorado Eagles in seven games during the first round of the playoffs, Ontario made short work of the Utah Grizzlies in the second round, ousting their opponent from playoff contention in five games.
TEXAS IN MAY
The Allen Americans, who finished first overall in the Western Conference, and second in the ECHL, carry home-ide advantage into this series. The Reign will host games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. The series schedule is as follows, all game times in Pacific Standard Time:
GAME 1 – Sunday, May 17 – AT ALLEN, 2:05 PM
GAME 2 – Monday, May 18 – AT ALLEN, 5:05 PM
GAME 3 – Thursday, May 21 – AT ONTARIO, 7:00 PM
GAME 4 – Saturday, May 23 – AT ONTARIO, 6:00 PM
*GAME 5 – Sunday, May 24 – AT ONTARIO, 6:00 PM
*GAME 6 – Tuesday, May 26 – AT ALLEN, 5:05 PM
*GAME 7 – Wednesday, May 27 – AT ALLEN, 5:05 PM
All game times PST
Ontario and Allen met twice during the regular season; on back-to-back nights on February 10 and 11 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign won the first game 4-1, but fell 5-3 the following night. Ontario was playing Allen without their first and second string goaltenders; rather a last-minute amateur call-up. The Reign have never played a single game at the Americans’ Allen Event Center, where the series will commence this afternoon.
The Americans are gunning for their third-straight championship, but their first in the ECHL. Allen, founded in 2009, played in the Central Hockey League for five seasons before the league merged with the ECHL prior to the 2014-’12 campaign. The Americans won the Ray Miron President’s Cup in 2013 and 2014 – the final two seasons of the CHL’s existence.
HOME AND ROAD
The Reign, who begin a series on the road for the first time during the postseason, have broken even in six games away from California during the playoffs, going a combined 3-3 in Colorado and Utah. The Americans are 5-1 on home ice during the playoffs at the Allen Event Center. Ontario is 5-1 on home ice at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Allen is 3-2 away from their home building.
HIGHLIGHTS: ONTARIO (4) - ALLEN (1), 2/10/15
LAST HURRAH IN THE “E”
Much like what the Manchester Monarchs are going through in New Hampshire, the Ontario Reign and their fans are seeing their hometown club make one final push for a championship in a league in which they’ve represented their city for so many years. While the Monarchs push for a Calder cup in their 14th and final season as an AHL club in Manchester, the Reign are looking to do the same in their 7th and final campaign as an ECHL franchise in the Inland Empire.
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ALL ABOARD THE REIGN TRAIN
Tickets are starting at just $12 to catch ECHL Western Conference Final action at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, plus package deals involving Bailey’s Buddies and the inaugural year of AHL hockey in Ontario.
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