ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign (2-0-0-2), clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit but fell 5-4 in overtime to the undefeated Florida Everblades (5-0-0-0) before 7,193 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
In similar fashion as Friday night, the Everblades were first on the board after a Reign turnover at the blue line. Rocco Carzo took possession of the puck, passed it across to Kellen Tochkin who fed it back to Carzo for a top corner shot. At 13:13 Dylan Wruck tied the game 1-1 with a one-timer set up by Dan DaSilva and Matt Register. The score came on the man advantage for Ontario, as A.J. Jenks was serving a boarding call at the time of the goal.
Just 70 seconds later, Florida restored their lead with Carzo’s second goal of the game as he flipped the puck up and over the glove of Mathias Niederberger. Jenks then put the Everblades up by two at 18:46 with a quick goal he scooped up and over into the Reign net.
The second period remained scoreless until the 12:11 mark when Matthew Pistilli snapped a rebound into the back of the Reign net on the power play. Mike Little and Jenks picked up the helpers on the goal. Brady Calla registered his first goal of the season at 14:03 while both teams were playing with just four skaters. The winger picked up a pass from Cameron Burt and poked the puck between the legs of Jesse Deckert. The goal represented Calla’s 50th point in a Reign uniform.
Mario Lamoureux netted his third goal of the season at the 9:38 mark of the third period with a wraparound shot set up by J.T. Barnett and Cameron Burt. Reign Captain Derek Couture tied the game 4-4 with a power-play goal at the 14:13 mark of the third period with helpers from DaSilva and Wruck. He caught the puck right in front of the Everblades net and timed his shot perfectly to deflect in off the leg of Deckert.
The Reign were whistled near the end of regulation for too many men on the ice, and were forced to start the overtime period on the penalty kill for 26 seconds, but just five seconds after Mike Towns was freed from the box, the Everblades beat Niederberger with traffic in front of the net to win the game 5-4. Matthew Pistilli recorded the game-winner 31 seconds in.
Niederberger took his first loss with 13 stops on 18 shots; Deckert earned the win with 23 saves on 27 shots.
1. FL – Matthew Pistilli
2. FL – Rocco Carzo
3. ONT – Cameron Burt