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Playoff Preview - Ontario Reign vs. Stockton Thunder

April 23, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Ontario Reign News Release

Round - 1 | Game - 4

Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. (PT)

Video Broadcast: America ONE Networks

Desktop Player: Jesse Liebman - pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. via America ONE

Mobile Player: Jesse Liebman - pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. vis America ONE

Follow: Facebook - Twitter - #ReignForKelly

TONIGHT:

The Ontario Reign (0-3-0) will fight for their lives tonight against the Stockton Thunder (3-0-0) who have taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the 2014 Kelly Cup Western Conference Quarterfinals. This is a must win game for Ontario who has been outscored 13-6 and outshot 90-89. In the first two games the Reign had a tough time getting any shots on goal, but in their most recent meeting, on Tuesday night, they had 43 shots almost doubling their series total.

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY:

In Reign history, the team has never trailed a playoff series by more than two games, let alone fighting back from a three game deficit. The Reign have been able to rally back throughout the regular season and never went more than three games in a row without a win. The longest regular season losing streak was three games back in February from Feb. 5 - 8, falling to the Thunder and the Condors. The team then went on to win their next three games.

SILENCING THE THUNDER:

Stockton has had three major weapons against Ontario in forward Jeremy Langlois and Joey Martin who have combined for 17 points (8g, 9a) in just three games. Both Langlois and Martin have earned Hat Tricks in games two and three, respectively. Thunder goaltender Brian Foster has been strong too allowing just six goals in three games for a 2.00 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Thunder has managed to beat the Reign's penalty kill unit at least once in every game of the series for a total of four power-play goals against Ontario. The Reign has converted one of their nine power-play chances in Game 2. Last night the Reign saw their first short-handed goal against of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

SEASON SERIES:

10/23 - ONT at STK W, 4-2

11/15 - ONT at STK W, 4-1

11/27 - ONT vs STK W, 3-2 SO

11/29 - ONT at STK W, 4-1

12/20 - ONT vs STK W, 3-2 SO

12/21 - ONT at STK W, 3-2

12/22 - ONT vs STK L, 1-5

1/15 - ONT vs STK L, 2-4

1/24 - ONT vs STK L, 1-4

1/26 - ONT at STK W, 5-2

2/5 - ONT vs STK L, 3-6

3/2 - ONT at STK L, 1-3

3/29 - ONT vs STK W, 3-1

4/2 - ONT at STK W, 3-2

4/6 - ONT at STK L, 2-4

4/9 - ONT vs STK W, 5-3

2014 PLAYOFFS

4/18 - ONT at STK L, 1-3

4/19 - ONT at STK L, 3-5

4/22 - ONT vs STK L, 2-5

4/23 - ONT vs STK

4/26 - ONT at STK*

4/27 - ONT vs STK*

4/29 - ONT vs STK*

* if necessary

13-14 REIGN RECORDS:

Current streak: 0-3-0-0

Last 5 games: 0-3-0-0

Last 10 games: 0-3-0-0

In Apr: 2-3-0-0

Home: 0-1-0-0

Away: 0-2-0-0

Vs. Pacific Div.: 0-3-0-0

Vs. Mountain Div.: 0-0-0-0

Vs. Western Conf.: 0-3-0-0

Power play: 1/9 (11.1%)

Penalty kill: 4/10 (60.0%)

RECENT MOVES:

4/22 - DEL Bigos (placed on reserve)

4/22 - DEL Scheidl (placed on reserve)

4/22 - ADD Malka (activated from reserve)

4/22 - ADD Cisse (activated from reserve)

4/18 - ADD Parker (activated from IR)

4/18 - DEL Malka (placed on reserve)

4/16 - ADD Newton (returned from BRI)

4/14 - ADD Jones (signed contract)

4/14 - DEL Cisse (placed on reserve)

4/14 - ADD Cisse (activated from IR)

NEXT GAME:

Game 5, if necessary, will be played on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Stockton.

Reign Drops:

If you have watched the Reign earned their fourth Pacific Division title, and fight for a top spot in the Western Conference, you won't want to miss a moment of their journey to the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Tonight, Wednesday, Apr. 23, is Game 4 at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the puck drops at 7 p.m. There are two playoff ticket specials offered this year - the Big Mac Pack (four tickets and four Big Macs for $79), and the Hat Trick Pack (two hats, two tickets, free parking for $49). For more information on these packs and other Reign playoff ticket offers visit ontarioreign.com or call 909.941.PUCK (7825) and find the best deal to meet your hockey needs!


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