BOISE, ID – The Ontario Reign (4-4-0-0), defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, were beaten 6-2 by the Idaho Steelheads (5-2-0-0) before 3.343 at CenturyLink Arena Friday night.
There were three goals scored in the first period and none went directly into the net. Austin Fyten bounced a puck off of Chris Carrozzi’s backside at 3:48 and Austin Smith’s shot went in off of Carrozzi’s skate at 14:24 to put Idaho up 2-0. Derek Couture pulled the Reign within a goal with his second marker of the season at 15:33, as his shot went in off of an Idaho defenseman. Colton Yellow Horn assisted on the play.
At 11:43 of the second frame, Couture’s pass found CJ Stretch all alone at the base of the left circle where he went 5-hole on Tyler Beskorowany to tie the game at 2-2. Andrew Carroll regained the lead for Idaho with a snapshot inside the left post at 18:48.
Smith made it 4-2 for Idaho at 2:34 of the third period with his second goal of the game and third of the two-game series. Ontario poured a season-high 42 shots on net, but couldn’t break Beskorowany.
Carrozzi took the loss with 20 saves on 25 shots. Beskorowany stopped 40 of 42 shots for the win.
1. IDH – Tyler Beskorowany
2. IDH – Austin Smith
3. ONT – Derek Couture
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Ontario caps its seven-game road tirp with a pair of games in Las Vegas next weekend. The Reign play the Wranglers Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov.3. Both games are 7:05 p.m. starts.
The Reign return to Citizens Business Bank Arena for Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Stater Bros. Charities on Sunday, Nov. 4. Ontario takes on the Bakersfield Condors in a 3 p.m. PST contest. This will be the first jersey night of the season and the Reign players will all be suited up in patriotic, red, white and blue American flag inspired jerseys. Immediately following the game, the players will auction their jerseys off to raise funds for local veteran organizations through Stater Bros. Charities. The US Army will be swearing-in about 60 new recruits during the intermission. Don't miss this great game and honor the men and women who have, and still are, serving the United States.
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