NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The Ontario Reign (4-2-0-0), defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, split the two-game series with the South Carolina Stingrays (2-2-0-0) with a decisive 5-2 victory at North Charleston Coliseum, marking the Reign's largest victory margin this season.
Ontario got off to a great start scoring around the halfway mark of the first period. Brady Calla sent a pass across to Mario Lamoureux who moved it to Chris Huxley who then buried it in the South Carolina net. Ontario took their second penalty of the contest giving South Carolina a power play opportunity they converted into a goal. Mike Hamilton sent a long shot toward JF Berube and the puck trickled in under the goaltender’s pads. Rookie forward Lamoureux lit the lamp off a rebound with 2:16 left in the frame. Matt Clune and Everett Sheen earned their first assists of the season on the goal.
Ontario continued to dominate through the second frame outshooting South Carolina 16 to 3 and scoring twice on Adam Morrison. Colton Yellow Horn recorded the third tally of the game around the four minute mark as CJ Stretch threaded a pass to the winger who fired it past Morrison. Paul Mara also assisted the play. Ontario took a 4-1 lead when Sheen and Jordan Hill brought the puck into the South Carolina end. Hill tipped it in toward Morrison and Calla controlled the loose puck to score his first of the season. The Stingrays answered three minutes later getting one past Berube’s glove side. With less than a minute left in the period, Yellow Horn got on the board again skating the puck through the Stingrays zone and shot it through Morrison’s legs with some smooth stick handling. Stretch earned his second assist of the game and Derek Couture added another point.
South Carolina showed a little more life in the final frame, but couldn’t take advantage of any opportunities including a power-play chance. Both teams were held scoreless throughout the final period, Ontario had the fewest shots of the game in the frame with 7 shots and South Carolina had the majority of their shots in the third with 9.
Rookie goaltender Morrison was peppered with 38 shots and made 33 saves. Berube earned the win for the Reign allowing just 2 of 17 shots to go in.
1. ONT - Brady Calla
2. ONT - Mario Lamoureux
3. SC - Mike Hamilton
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The Reign finished their East coast swing this afternoon in South Carolina but the road trip isn't finished yet. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Reign will visit the Idaho Steelheads in Boise. With the Steelheads taking the Reign of the Kelly Cup Playoffs last year during a very physical series, there is sure to be some contention between the two clubs. The first of two games in Idaho will start at 7:10 p.m. (MT), 6:10 p.m. (PT) at CenturyLink Arena.
The Reign will play three more road games before returning home to Citizens Business Bank Arena to face the Bakersfield Condors on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Stater Bros. Charities. 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.