BOISE, ID – The Ontario Reign (4-3-0-0), defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, fell 7-2 to the Idaho Steelheads (4-2-0-0) in a game that marked the midpoint of Ontario’s seven-game road trip.
Kael Mouillierat put Idaho up 1-0 just over a minute into play before Ontario grabbed a 2-1 lead on goals by Cameron Burt and Brady Calla. Burt snapped a rebound past Josh Robinson at 3:43 and Calla buried the rebound of Mario Lamoureux’s slap shot from the left circle at 5:54. The lead held until 13:15 when Gord Baldwin scored the equalizer. Austin Fyten’s tally at 16:12 gave Idaho a 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.
Idaho jumped out to a 5-2 lead on goals by Patrick Cullity and Austin Smith. JF Berube replaced Chris Carrozzi in net for the final 27:14 of the game. Jacob Cepis made it 6-2 when his dump-in attempt took a funny bounce off the glass and found its way into the Reign net.
Justin Dowling capped off the scoring for Idaho with a power-play goal at 7:12 – the Steelheads’ third with the extra attacker of the night. The Reign outshot their opponent 10-8 in the third period, but couldn’t get the puck behind Robinson.
Robinson stopped 27 of Ontario’s 29 shots in the win. Carrozzi took the loss with 11 saves on 16 shots. Berube stopped 8 of 10 shots.
1. IDH – Jacob Cepis
2. IDH – Kael Mouillierat
3. IDH – Josh Robinson
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The Reign and Steelheads meet again in Idaho this Friday at 6:10 p.m. (PST), 7:10 p.m. (MST) 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.