ONTARIO, Calif. – When recapping Friday night’s game against the San Diego Gulls, we noted that the Ontario Reign played sloppy with no sense of intensity, odd for a team that needs every point to make the playoffs.
One game could be written off as a bad night. The Reign were lucky that the Gulls were having a worse night. Sunday afternoon, however, nothing had changed for the Reign.
In a game featuring a listless and disconnected Reign, the Rampage took every advantage handed to them.
Cal Peterson was able to keep the Rampage off of the scoreboard for the first period, but his tendency to not control rebounds began causing issues in the second and led to at least two goals. Add in an uncovered Samuel Blais at the back door and a Felix Girard break-away, and the Reign surrendered four goals and a Blais hat-trick. During all of this, they could not get a single puck past Ville Husso.The Good: Bokondji Imama tried to inject some energy into his team, running at full speed every time he was on the ice.The Bad: The lack of energy, urgency or intensity throughout the line-up. Not one player stood out as being a problem because it is a team-wide issueThe Ugly: The Rampage went 2-for-3 on the power play. Ontario’s penalty kill has been struggling all season long and is showing no signs of getting better, which could severely limit their chances of a playoff spot.
The loss dropped the Reign back out of a playoff spot to fifth place. They have two non-divisional games this week before the San Jose Barracuda swim into town. They need to find a way to get engaged in the game again before then.
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