January 13, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Ontario Reign
ANCHORAGE, AK - The Ontario Reign (25-10-1-2), defending Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL's 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, ended the Alaska Aces (30-9-0-1) 13-game unbeaten streak before 5,920 at Sullivan Arena on Saturday night.
The Reign found their groove in the final game of the five-game series with a record-setting goal just 11 seconds into play - the fastest in team history. On the first shot of the night, Brodie Sheahan sent a wrister past Gerald Coleman from the top of the left circle to give the Reign an early lead. Colton Yellow Horn and Chris Huxley assisted. Just 4:40 later Yellow Horn scored a goal himself. Stretch and Sheahan worked the puck into the Aces zone. Sheahan went in toward the Alaska net and at the last minute sent a pass across the crease to Yellow Horn who fired it top right shelf.
In his first professional start, Drew O'Connell fended off a huge Aces chance with a pad save on Zach Harrison's penalty shot. Mirroring the Reign's first game of the series in Alaska, Ontario took a 3-0 lead in the second period. It was at the 17:57 mark that Yellow Horn struck again for the third tally. The winger was the recipient of a one-touch pass from Stretch and he beat Coleman through the five-hole. Cameron Burt also assisted on the play.
Even after being outshot 6-1, the Reign kept the Aces to just one goal through the final period for their first regulation win over the Aces. Jared Smith saved his team from being shutout by beating O'Connell's blocker side off a quick deflection.
O'Connell earned the win saving 20 of 21 shots, Coleman took the loss stopping 20 of 23 shots.