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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign opened the season strong, winning two out of the three games against the Las Vegas Wranglers in three consecutive match ups. The Reign opened the Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Oct. 25, for the inaugural season home opener in a 4-1 victory in front of 8,832 fans. The Reign gained four points in the standings this week and currently sit tied for first with the Fresno Falcons in the Pacific Division.

The Reign take on the Bakersfield Condors and the Phoenix Roadrunners this week playing the Condors Wednesday, Oct. 29, and the Roadrunners in Phoenix on Friday, Oct. 31 and at home at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Nov. 1.

2008-09 RECORD:
Overall Record: 3-1-0 (6 points)
Home Record: 1-0-0 (2 points)
Away Record: 2-1-0 (4 points)

STANDINGS: (Pacific Division):

Team GP W L OTL SOL Points
Fresno Falcons 3 3 0 0 0 6
Ontario Reign 4 3 1 0 0 6
Stockton Thunder 5 2 3 0 0 4
Bakersfield Condors 4 1 2 0 1 3
Las Vegas Wranglers 5 1 3 0 1 3

Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Ontario Reign vs. Bakersfield Condors – 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 31- Ontario Reign @ Phoenix Roadrunners – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1 - Ontario Reign vs. Phoenix Roadrunners – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23 – Ontario Reign @ Las Vegas Wranglers (W, 4-2) Four different Reign players scored a goal in the 4-2 win over Vegas and the Reign power play capitalized scoring two of the four goals on the night in the man advantage. Darren McMillan, Geoff Walker, Jon Francisco and Brad Mehalko found the net for the win in front of 5,019 at Orleans Arena.

Friday, Oct. 24 – Ontario Reign @ Las Vegas Wranglers (L, 4-1) The Reign split the road series with Vegas losing to the Wranglers 4-1 in front of 4,802 at Orleans Arena. Jon Francisco scored the lone goal on the night for the Reign, his second on the year.

Saturday, Oct. 25 – Ontario Reign vs. Las Vegas Wranglers (W, 4-1) The Reign recorded their first home victory in a 4-1 win over Las Vegas in their third game against the Wranglers in three days. Jon Francisco continued his four game point streak with two assists on the night. Dan Knapp, David Walker, Todd Jackson and Ryan Bowness, his first pro goal, each lit the lamp in the win. Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff helped seal the victory stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced on the night, earning him the first star of the game. The Reign were outshout by nearly double as they put up 18 shots on the night, but were able to convert nearly one-quarter of the attempts to seal the win.


  • Jeff Zatkoff won all three games he appeared in this week, stopping 62 of the 65 shots he faced, and earned a .954 save percentage.
  • John Francisco continued his 4-game point streak this week tallying 2 goals and 2 assists with a +1 rating on the week.
  • Ryan Bowness scored his first professional goal Oct. 25
Goals – Geoff Walker/ Jon Francisco (2)
Assists – Geoff Walker (4)
Points – Geoff Walker (6)
PIM – Andrew Martens (12)
PPG – Geoff Walker (2)
Wins – Jeff Zatkoff (3)
GAA – Jeff Zatkoff (1.33)
SVP – Jeff Zatkoff (0.954)

Jeff Zatkoff: GAA (1.33) (3rd place), SVP (0.958) (3nd place), Wins (3) (Tied for 1st)
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