ONTARIO, Calif. – What a difference a day makes in California. After letting the Idaho Steelheads jump out to a 2-0 lead, the Ontario Reign tried a comeback but it fizzled in a 3-2 OT loss in game one of this series.
On Saturday night, the Reign beat the Steelheads 5-0 and knotted the series at a game apiece.
This match started tight with neither team gaining much of an edge in the first period.
The middle frame was something different. The Reign put three on the scoreboard and took complete control of the game.
Mario Lamoureux was the first on the board as he tipped in a shot from Brady Cala at 2:48 of the stanza. Nick Ebert had started the play and picked up the secondary assist.
The Reign increased the lead to two goals at 12:53 when Calla potted his first goal of the post season.
This time it was Brock Sheahan who set up the play when he sent the puck up the boards to Calla who skated to the right faceoff circle and blasted a shot past Beskorowany’s glove side.
Cameron Burt jumped on the score sheet at 17:15 when he finished a scramble in the front of the net. Derek Couture had managed to keep the puck in the zone and sent it deeper to Everett Sheen whose shot was blocked off. Sheen was in the right spot at the right time as he jammed in the loose puck to make it 3-0 Reign.
Sheen picked up his second point of the night when he netted an unassisted goal at 5:02.
Lamoureux finished his night with two goals, the second coming on the power play. The goal was surrendered by Josh Robinson who replaced Beskorowany.
JF Berube earned the shutout by stopping 19 shots meanwhile Beskorowany was saddled with the loss making 17 saves. Robinson added five saves on the ledger.
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