The Salmon Kings recorded the first goal of the game on a power play. With David Walker in the box, Victoria won the faceoff and Matt Stefanishion beat Ontario goaltender, Kellen Briggs on a rebound just four seconds into the penalty kill. The Reign tied it up at 17:47. Chaz Johnson streaked down the left side and lost the puck behind the net. C.J. Stretch corralled the puck and fed it to Jordan Morrison who slid the puck under Victoria netminder Riley Gill to tie it up at 1-1.
Victoria dominated the second period with four unanswered goals on 18 shots. Goalie Beau Erickson made his Reign debut, as he replaced Briggs after Chad Painchaud beat Briggs to make it 3-1 Salmon Kings. Ontario was down 5-1 before Luke Beaverson launched a rocket from the point to make it 5-2, Victoria.
Ontario made it interesting, as Stretch logged his first goal of the season at 1:21 of the third. The teams traded end-to-end chances until 12:46 when Rick Cleaver scored to give Victoria a 6-3 lead. The Salmon Kings slowed down the tempo of play and held on for the win.
Erickson finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in his first game between the pipes. The Reign, who came into the game 11th in the league on the power play, went 0-for-5 in the game.
Tonight’s three stars were:
1) VIC – PJ Atherton
2) VIC – Rob Hennigar
3) VIC – Milan Gajic
Complete scoring summary available by clicking here.
REIGN DROPS The Reign play one more game in Victoria before returning home to play the Alaska Aces Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 6th is Military Night, sponsored by Stater Bros. Charities. Reign players will be wearing special edition military jerseys for the game, which will be auctioned off immediately following the game against Alaska. Auction proceeds will benefit local veteran organizations.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Jeff Zatkoff bobblehead, so be sure to arrive early!
A post-game player party will be held at Boston's Pizza (4th & Milliken location) immediately following the game. Come out, meet your favorite Reign players, and enjoy 15% off of your bill (excluding alcohol) when you show your ticket stub from the game against Alaska.
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Citizen Business Bank Arena box office or online at ontarioreign.com. Call the Reign front office for more information at (909) 941-PUCK (7825).