OJR Avenge Early Season Loss To Bakersfield

by Sebastian Abdon Ibarra

The Ontario Jr Reign (15-4-0) earned an impressive 6-1 victory against a good Bakersfield Roughnecks (9-5-1-1) team on the road. After losing their first meeting in a 2-1 nailbiter, the Jr Reign proved who has grown into the better team as the season progressed. 

Friday night’s victory is the fourth straight game that Ontario has scored at least six goals and allowed no more than a single goal. The whole team has been playing on another level, scoring 27 goals and allowing four goals in the past four games. 

Baden Powell continued his breakout on offense with his first hat trick of his career in the USPHL. He now has five goals in his last two games, which is almost triple the amount of goals he had in his first 17 games of the season. It is exciting to see last week’s USPHL Premier West Region Player Of The Week continue to grow, he now has a 7/7/14 stat line on the season. 

The Jr Reign had a quiet day on the power play, with the Roughnecks only giving them one opportunity. However, this was no problem for Onatrio as they have shown many times this season they are comfortable creating their own chances and scoring at even strength, just as they did last series against the Lakers.  

The OJR defense continued to shine, especially on the PK. Ontario limited Bakersfield to only 26 shots on goal, and were a perfect 4/4 on the PK. They are now sitting at 91.57% on the PK this season. 

Jett Koch had a three point performance in this game with the opening goal and two assists. He is currently on a five game scoring streak and has nine points over that time. 

Josh Henson got the starting nod at goalie and turned in another excellent performance. He allowed just one goal for the fourth straight game, put up a 0.962 save percentage, and earned his eighth win. Henson was also the first goalie to hold the Roughnecks to a single goal this season. 

The Jr Reign’s return to Ontario Center Ice Arena is almost here! Join us for a night of high flying, hard hitting hockey action on Friday Nov. 24 at 3:55 p.m. for a matchup with the second place Fresno Monsters. Purchase your tickets today and don’t miss out on a great battle between the top two teams in the Pacific! 

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