DSC_0032ONTARIO, CA – Wednesday night, the Reign played a solid, textbook game against the Moose. Friday night they made up for that.

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Starting with a 5 minute major penalty against Adrian Kempe for boarding, the Reign were back to the usual parade of penalties. Their vaunted penalty kill managed to keep the Barracuda at bay for 4:52 of the penalty. Unfortunately, they came up 8 seconds short and the Barracuda took the lead. Nine minutes later, a charge up the ice gave Parkes position and his deflection went past Peter Budaj’s shoulder to give the Barracuda a one goal lead. The first period ended with San Jose up 2-0 and outshooting the Reign 11-8.

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The Reign recovered their composure in the second period (and got Kempe back), pushing back hard against the Barracuda. San Jose even gifted them with a full 2 minute 5 on 3 power play. A disallowed goal was the only thing they could get past Dell, however, and they closed the period still down by 2.

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Ontario kicked it up yet another notch in the third period and were rewarded early on with a goal from captain Vincent LoVerde. Barracuda netminder, Aaron Dell, seemed up to the challenge and kept the Reign down by one until his team took a penalty with 3 minutes left. Budaj took to the bench to give the Reign the two man advantage and Backman was able to tie the game at 18:28.

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It only took Nic Dowd 28 seconds and two tries to win the game in overtime for the Reign with help from the Captain.

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Impressive: Nic Dowd & Vincent LoVerde have both stepped up their games recently with Sean Backman never far behind.

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Not So Much: The Reign’s power play went 1 for 7 including that two man advantage mentioned above and they did not look good doing it. Passes were missed, zone entries flubbed and loose pucks were lost.

Elsewhere in the Division: San Diego extended their winning streak to two games, beating the Texas Stars 3-2. San Antonio laid a 6-1 beating on the Bakersfield Condors. Manitoba continued their California tour with a stop in lovely Stockton where the teams needed a shoot-out to decide the winner. The Heat took the contest 2-1. The Barracuda are still holding onto second place in the division, but the Stars and Gulls have crept back into striking distance.

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