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November 19, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Ontario Reign News Release

Ontario Reign at Idaho Steelheads

Reign Game - 15 | Reign Away Game - 10 | ECHL Game - 133

Arena: CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Time: 6:15 p.m. (PST)

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TONIGHT:

The Ontario Reign (7-5-0-2) face the Idaho Steelheads (10-3-1-0) in the first of a three-game series that represents the middle leg of their season-high nine-game road trip. Ontario previously fell to the Steelheads in its home opener on Oct. 25 by a 4-1 score; Rocco Carzo scored the lone goal for the Reign in that match.

SPECIAL TEAMS EDGE:

The Reign have the benefit of superior power-play and penalty kill units compared to the Steelheads, which may give them a competitive advantage heading into this series. Ontario has a power-play that is operating at 18 percent efficiency, while the Steelheads have only been able to manage seven goals on 66 chances this year (10.6 percent). Meanwhile, the Reign have killed 84.6 percent of their penalties, while Idaho has surrendered 12 goals on 61 chances (80.3 percent).

LEANING ON COUTURE:

Derek Couture has been instrumental to the success of the Reign this season, with 15 points through 14 games (8g-7a). Last season, Couture was vital in pacing Ontario to a 4-0-0-1 record against Idaho, recording seven points (3g-4a) in five games.

STEELHEADS SHOOTING:

The Reign will need to prepare to face a Steelheads roster that has done a good job of maintaining puck possession throughout the season, out shooting their opponents in 10 of 14 matches, and winning nine of those 10. When the Steelheads are out shot, their record drops to 1-2-0-0.

BAST BOOMING FOR IDAHO:

A major key to victory against the Steelheads will be containing forward Jason Bast. The rookie has managed a point-per-game pace this season through 14 contests (10g-4a) and is sixth in the league with 49 shots on goal. One of his 10 goals came against the Reign in the Oct. 25 clash between Ontario and Idaho.

14-15 HEAD-to-HEAD

10/25 - ONT vs IDH L, 1-4

11/19 - ONT at IDH

11/20 - ONT at IDH

11/22 - ONT at IDH

12/17 - ONT vs IDH

12/26 - ONT at IDH

12/27 - ONT at IDH

01/16 - ONT at IDH

01/17 - ONT at IDH

01/28 - ONT vs IDH

01/30 - ONT vs IDH

01/31 - ONT vs IDH

REIGN TRACKER:

- Judd Blackwater - 3 goals from 100 career pro goals

- Tyler Spurgeon - 2 assists from 100 career pro assists

- Everett Sheen - 1 assist from 50 career pro assists

REIGN RECORDS:

Current streak: 0-2-0-0

Last 5 games: 2-2-0-1

Last 10 games: 4-4-0-2

In Nov: 4-2-0-2

Home: 2-2-0-1

Away: 5-3-0-1

Vs. Pacific Div.: 7-5-0-2

Vs. Central Div.: 0-0-0-0

Vs. Western Conf.: 7-5-0-2

Power-play: 9/50 (18.0%)

Penalty kill: 10/65 (84.6%)

RECENT MOVES:

11/14 - ADD Bell (activated from reserve)

11/14 - ADD Spurgeon (activated from IR)

11/14 - DEL Hood (placed on reserve)

11/12 - DEL Ramsay (placed on 21-day IR)

11/12 - DEL Zenzola (released from contract)

11/05 - ADD Kopitar (activated from reserve)

11/04 - ADD Bell (activated from reserve)

11/04 - DEL Hood (placed on reserve)

10/28 - ADD Ramsay (activated from reserve)

10/28 - DEL Blackwater (placed on reserve)

10/26 - ADD Brown (activated from reserve)

10/26 - DEL Bell (placed on reserve)

10/24 - ADD Hood (activated from reserve)

NEXT GAME:

Ontario plays the second game of its three-game set against the Steelheads on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:15 p.m.

The Reign will return home for a game against the Colorado Eagles on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Reign Drops :

The Ontario Reign have brought back the popular Holiday Plan, with plans starting as low as $39.

This season's Holiday Plan includes up to five games*, free parking, and the choice of a gift card to New York Grill, a free race at Fast Lap of Ontario or a round of free Tiki Golf at Laser Island (all gifts valued at $25).

Don't miss out on this great gift idea and purchase your Holiday Plan packages today. *Purchase by Saturday, Dec. 6 to receive a fifth game free. Click here to purchase your plans or call 909-941-PUCK (7825) with any questions.


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