Wranglers Fold to Reign 3-1 in First Preseason Match
Calla nets two in Opener
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Ontario Reign, 2011-12 Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, made a strong preseason appearance against the Las Vegas Wranglers at Orleans Arena on Thursday, Oct. 4 with a 3-1 victory.
The game had a slow start with a scoreless first period. Reign defense had a strong hold against the Wranglers killing two penalties in the frame and allowing only five shots on rookie goaltender Kris Moore.
Heading into the second period the Reign took control outshooting the Wranglers 18 to four. Brock Sheahan made the most of a power-play opportunity sending a hard shot into the Wranglers net from the point. Veteran forward Dan DaSilva and Colton Yellow Horn picked up the assists. Just over a minute later, rookie Weston Cydell fired a slapshot on Vegas goaltender Joe Fallon, the shot was deflected in by Brady Calla for Ontario’s second power-play goal of the night. Everett Sheen got the second assist on the play.
Ontario continued to keep strong possession of the puck into the final frame holding Las Vegas to just one goal. Wranglers Captain Chris Francis received a centering pass and got one past Moore from the slot. In the final seconds of the contest, Las Vegas pulled Fallon allowing for Calla to get his second preseason tally.
Moore faced 12 shots allowing just one to get by, while Fallon took the loss allowing two goals and an empty netter.
1) ONT – Brock Sheahan
2) LV – Joe Fallon
3) LV – Chris Francis
The first puck drop in Ontario will be on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. when the Reign will again face off against the Las Vegas Wranglers for their only home pre-season game. Tickets for Reign plan holders are just $5 (only available by calling the Reign's front office), and non-plan holders’ tickets will be $10. Click here to purchase your pre-season tickets.
The 2012-13 regular season begins on the road for the Reign when they play the Stockton Thunder on Friday, Oct. 12. The Reign will bring it home the following night when Stockton visits Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will recieve a pink puck, compliments of Nestle Pure Life Water. All fans will receive a 2012-13 season magnet schedule, sponsored by Image Pest Control and Ignite Advertising. Also, the Reign will be unveiling the 2011-12 Pacific Division Championship banner.