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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign swept their opponents last week, posting a 4-0-0 record, and extending their win streak to five games. The Reign gained eight points in the Pacific Division standings, and with the Fresno Falcons ceasing operations, the Reign now hold the first place position in the division.

After a short break for the holidays, the Reign head to Phoenix to take on the Roadrunners at US Airways Center at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 27. The Reign return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, January 2, as they face-off against the Idaho Steelheads at 7 p.m. in the first match-up between the teams in club history.

Everyone at the Ontario Reign wish fans a safe and happy holiday season. We will see you back at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, January 2 as the Reign take on the Idaho Steelheads at 7 p.m.

2008-09 RECORD:
Overall Record: 17-9-1-1 (36 points)
Home Record: 9-5-1-0 (19 points)
Away Record: 8-4-0-1 (17 points)

UPCOMING GAMES:
Saturday, Dec. 27 – Ontario Reign @ Phoenix Roadrunners – 6:05 p.m. (PST)
Note: The game scheduled for Sunday, December 28, against the Fresno Falcons has been cancelled.
*All games are viewable online on B2 networks, or fans can listen to the game online by clicking on the “Listen” link in the Game Center section of www.ontarioreign.com.

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:
Monday, December 15 – Ontario Reign at Las Vegas Wranglers (W, 1-0)
In their first appearance at the Wranglers annual midnight match-up, the Reign took the win, shutting out Las Vegas, 1-0, in front of 5,101 fans at Orleans Arena. Left wing Chris Curran netted his first professional goal just one minute into the second period to give the Reign the one-goal lead, and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stopped all 35 shots he faced marking his first professional shutout.

Friday, December 19 – Ontario Reign at Las Vegas Wranglers (W, 4-3)
In the second road game against the Wranglers in one week, the Reign took the victory, 4-3, in a third period, come-from-behind victory at Orleans Arena. The Reign got on the board first with Geoff Walker netting a goal just less than eight minutes in the first period. The Wranglers struck back scoring two back-to-back goals in the match, putting them ahead, 2-1. Ontario’s Todd Jackson tied the game at, 2-2, at 10:50 in the second, with Vegas pushing ahead, 3-2, two minutes later. With under three minutes remaining in the second, Maxime Boisclair netted his fourth goal of the year on a power play, tying the match, 3-3, heading into the third period. Ryan MacGregor netted the game-winner for the Reign at 4:41 in the third, scoring his third goal of the season and helping take home the win with a final score, 4-3.

Saturday, December 20 – Ontario Reign vs. Phoenix Roadrunners (W, 4-3) (SO)
The Ontario Reign defeated the Phoenix Roadrunners in a shootout, 4-3, in front of 4,628 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The teams combined for five goals in the first period alone with Ontario opening the scoring 2:27 into the first with a goal by Jon Francisco to put the Reign ahead, 1-0. Phoenix got on the board next scoring two goals, one at 6:03 and the second at 10:58, to put the Roadrunners up, 2-1. Geoff Walker scored the Reign’s first power play goal of the night at 12:36, to tie the match at two apiece. However, Phoenix came back with six minutes remaining in the first, scoring a goal to give the Roadrunners a one goal lead, 3-2, heading into the second period. Neither team found the net again, until the final minutes of the match. The Reign pulled goaltender John Murray from the net for the extra attacker and lit the lamp with 22 seconds remaining on a Todd Jackson power play goal to tie the game, 3-3, sending the match into overtime. After a scoreless extra session, the teams decided the match in a five-round shoot out with Todd Jackson, Maxime Boisclair, and Chad Starling scoring for the Reign, and Murray stopping three of the five Phoenix shooters, to give the Reign the win with a final score, 4-3.For a complete game recap, click here.

Sunday, December 21 – Ontario Reign vs. Stockton Thunder (W, 6-2)
The Reign quieted the Thunder as they crushed Stockton, 6-2, in front of 4,306 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign scored four back-to-back goals by Chris Curran, Brad Mehalko and a pair of power play goals from Maxime Boisclair to give the Reign a 4-0 lead over the Thunder. Thunder Mike Lalonde and Cody Wild netted Stockton’s two goals of the evening in the second period, but the Reign continued to pound the Thunder net scoring an additional two goals to seal the win. Jon Francisco netted his eleventh goal of the season on a power play at 4:04 in the third and Andrew Martens netted the Reign’s fourth power play goal at 10:24, ending the match with a final score, Reign 6, Stockton 2. The Reign’s four power play goals in the match surpassed their previous high of three.

STREAKS
(Wins)
• Ontario Reign – 5 game win streak (12/13/08-12/21/08)
• John Murray – 8 game win streak (8-0-0) (11/26/08-12/21/08)

(Points)
• Tim Kraus – 8-game point streak (3g, 7a = 10 points) (12/5/08-12/21/08)
• Todd Jackson – 3 game point streak (1g, 2a = 3 points) (12/19/08-12/21/08)
• Geoff Walker – 4 game point streak (2g, 3a = 5 points) (12/15/08-12/21/08)
• Jon Francisco – 3 game point streak (2g, 4a = 6 points) (12/19/08-12/21/08)
• Maxime Boisclair – 3 game point streak (3g, 3a = 6 points) (12/19/08-12/21/08)
• Brad Mehalko – 2 game point streak (1g, 2a = 3 points) (12/20/08-12/21/08)

(Goals)
• Jon Francisco – 2 game goal streak (2g) (12/20/08-12/21/08)

(Assists)
• Chad Starling – 2 game assist streak (2a) (12/20/08-12/21/08)
• Tim Kraus – 4 game assist streak (5a) (12/15/08-12/21/08)
• Brad Mehalko – 2 game assist streak (2a) (12/20/08-12/21/08)

TEAM LEADERS
• Goals – Jon Francisco (11)
• Assists –Tim Kraus, Maxime Boisclair (15)
• Points – Jon Francisco (25)
• PIM – David Walker (54)
• PPG – Jon Francisco, Maxime Boisclair (6)
• Wins – John Murray (9)
• GAA – John Murray (2.22)

LEAGUE LEADERS
• Attendance – 5th (avg. 4,846)
• Power Play (overall) – 3rd (.212)
• Shootout (overall) – 3rd (.750)
• Geoff Walker – 10th (rookie scoring) (23))
• Tim Kraus – 12th (rookie scoring) (21)
• Jon Francisco – 7th (power play goals) (6)
• Maxime Boisclair – 11th (power play goals) (6)
• Jon Francisco – 12th (game winning goals) (3)
• John Murray – 5th (goals-against average) (2.22)
Jeff Zatkoff– 2nd (save percentage) (.934)
• John Murray – 4th (save percentage) (.929)

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