Reign end Aces winning streak in overtime

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign outlasted the Alaska Aces through 65 minutes of even hockey and nine rounds of a shootout for a 2-1 win on Saturday night from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The loss snapped Alaska’s nine-game winning streak, but by earning a point the Aces extended their point streak to ten games. Both games this season between the Aces and Reign have gone to overtime.  
The Aces scored the only goal of the first period when Chris Clackson scored on a rebound from the bottom of the left circle at 18:56. It was Clackson’s ninth goal of the season and third since being acquired from Gwinnett. The Aces outshot the Reign 8-7 in the period.  
Ontario evened the score in the second period on a power play. Colton Yellow Horn extended his ECHL goal scoring lead with his 24th of the year at 6:08 from the bottom of the right circle. During a fight late in the second period, Clackson squared off against Ontario’s Chris Cloud, and in the bout Cloud head-butted Clackson. He received a major, match penalty and was ejected. The Aces could not capitalize on the ensuing major power play and the game went into the third period tied 1-1.
After a scoreless 18 minutes of play, the Reign received a late two-minute, five-on-three power play for the final 1:19 of regulation and the first 41 seconds of overtime. The Aces killed off the penalty to get to overtime, and then killed the remaining penalty time in the extra session. Ontario received one more power play in the final seconds of OT, but could not convert. The game went to a marathon shootout session with both teams converting in the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth rounds. In the ninth round of the shootout, Ontario’s Brodie Sheehan scored and Alaska’s Clackson was stopped giving the Reign the 2-1 win.
Mark Guggenberger (14-5-1) suffered the shootout loss, making 22 saves on 23 shots and stopping four of nine in the shootout. J.F. Berube (11-3-2) made 17 saves on 18 shots, and stopped five of nine shooters to earn the win. The Aces went 0-3 on the power play and the Reign were 1-7. Alaska was outshot by Ontario 24-18 in the game.
The club continues a five-game series with one another on Sunday afternoon in the finale of Alaska’s three-game road trip. The Aces lost for the first time since December 12 and dropped to 27-8-1 on the season. The Aces return to Anchorage to host the Reign on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 11, and 12.

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