Reign Strike Thunder in 6-3 Win
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign (32-17-4-5), four-time ECHL Pacific Division Champions and proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, defeated the Stockton Thunder (17-42-1-0) by a 6-3 score in front of a crowd of 7,665 on Wednesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Ontario opened the scoring when Todd Fiddler retrieved the puck at the left wall and sent a pass to Derek Couture in the slot. The Reign captain spun around and fired a shot that beat Cody Reichard glove side at 6:22. Everett Sheen received credit for the secondary assist.
Further along in the opening frame, the Reign extended their lead when Garry Nunn took a one-timer in between the hash marks off a behind-the-net feed from David Rutherford and buried it past Reichard at 15:53 for his first in a Reign uniform, while Josh Brittain picked up the secondary helper.
The Thunder got on the board as Jack Combs and Tyler Shattock worked their way into the offensive zone and Combs tipped a saucer pass from Shattock past Jussi Olkinuora at 17:36.
Ontario restored its two-goal lead at 19:07, as Jeff May slid the puck along the blueline to Matt Register, who blasted a one-timer past the glove of Reichard at 19:07.
Stockton answered in the second period with an early shorthanded goal by Combs off a pass from Brad Stebner just 25 seconds into the frame, and J.T. Barnett provided the equalizer for the Thunder when he broke in on Olkinuora and wristed a shot past the goaltender's blocker at 7:53.
The Reign took the lead again late in the frame, as Matt White drove down the right wing side and dropped a pass back to Nolan Julseth-White. Julseth-White then carried the puck behind the Stockton net, and after his wrap-around attempt was denied by Reichard, the puck squeaked loose into the crease, which allowed Judd Blackwater to lift it into the top corner of the net at 18:29.
Ontario added an insurance goal in the third period when Register fired a shot through traffic at 7:59, with Rutherford and Nunn grabbing the assists.
The Thunder pulled Reichard with 2:37 remaining in regulation, but Brittain sealed the victory for the Reign with an empty-net goal - his first with Ontario - at 17:37 with assists from Nunn and Kyle Bigos.
Olkinuora picked up the win with 13 saves; Reichard took the loss with 33 stops.
Three Stars: 1. ONT - Matt Register
2. ONT - Garry Nunn
3. STK - Jack Combs
Reign Drops :
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