A Historic Night For Jr Reign In Tahoe

by Sebastian Abdon Ibarra

The Ontario Jr Reign (12-4-0) defeated the Lake Tahoe Lakers (8-7-0) in a 7-1 victory that pushed their winning streak to a franchise record eighth consecutive game. It was another game that the Jr Reign dominated in all aspects from start to finish, a type of performance that has become very routine for the squad on this historic winning streak. 

Photo by Sophia Mitchell

In Friday night’s victory, Ontario dominated the shots on goal, special teams, and puck control/movement. The Jr Reign’s 50 shots on goal were nearly double the amount as Lake Tahoe. The OJR went 1/4 on power plays, and a perfect 3/3 on the PK. 

The puck control and movement was tight and tactical by Ontario in this game. Their time of possession and precise passes gave them plenty of opportunities to score six goals while at even strength. 

The offense displayed by Ontario on this winning streak has been consistently amazing, scoring an incredible six goals per contest and have recorded at six goals or more in five of the past eight games. 

After falling behind the Lakers early, a power play goal by Rhys Doyle in the fifth minute of the first period tied the game at 1-1. From then on it was all Jr Reign, as they scored six more times to give themselves a commanding 7-1 lead. Doyle had himself a game with two goals and two assists, it was his second multi-goal game of the season. 

Kaedin Larocque-Wolfe, reigning USPHL Premier Pacific Division Player Of The Month, added two more goals to his ever increasing resume. His 21 goals on the season bumped him up two third on the goals scored leaderboard, only two goals behind the top spot. Larocque-Wolfe has scored or assisted in seven of the Jr Reign’s last eight games, and has five multi-goal games in that same timeframe. 

It was also a big day for Lake Arrowhead product Ryan Howard, who scored his first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Jr Reign. 

Josh Henson got the start back in net for the first time since the end of October, and he continued right where he left off. The Jr Reign goaltender allowed just the single goal, his third consecutive game with a 1.00 GAA, and made 28 saves. He picked up his seventh win of the season and has made his way up the USPHL Premier leaderboards, his 1.44 GAA and 0.949 save % rank third and fourth respectively. 

Tune in tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. PST to watch your Ontario Jr Reign on flohockey.tv for game number two. 

Mark your calendars for the Jr Reign’s return to Ontario Center Ice Arena Friday Nov. 24 at 3:55 p.m. when they welcome the Fresno Monsters. Catch all the high flying, hard hitting hockey action and purchase your tickets today! 

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