OJR Begin Five Game Road Trip In Tahoe

by Sebastian Abdon Ibarra

The Ontario Jr Reign begin their streak of five games on the road as they travel to play the Lake Tahoe Lakers tomorrow night. It will be the first meeting between these two teams since earlier this season on Sept. 26. The Jr Reign enter Friday night’s matchup having won two of three games against the Lakers in their three meetings earlier this season. 

It has been a very competitive matchup between both of these clubs this season, with two of the three games being decided by a single goal. The largest margin of victory between the two was a 3-0 Jr Reign shutout in their last meeting. 

The Lakers enter this game after a bye weekend and fresh off a three sweep of the Long Beach Shredders, and are 4-2 in their last six games. The Lakers are 5-4 at home this season, while the Jr Reign have gone 4-2 when on the road. The OJR are riding a seven game win streak and currently sit atop the Pacific Division. 

Lake Tahoe has been a competitive squad this season, holding a +13 goal differential through 14 games. The Jr Reign have a +39 goal differential through 15 games, which goes to show just how dominant they have been this season and especially as of late. 

Ontario also holds a decisive edge on special teams in this matchup. They are converting on 36.67% of their power plays, including an astounding 50% on the road, compared to the Lakers’ 25%. On the defensive side, the OJR are killing 89.06% of their opponents power play opportunities. Lake Tahoe’s has been more vulnerable on the PK with a 79.73% rate. They have also been particularly susceptible on their home ice, killing penalties at a 71.74% clip. 

Goaltender Matus Trnka shut the Lakers out last game with 20 saves, and has been the only goaltender this season to shutout the Lakers. 

Tristan Lam is another player to watch after his hat trick in the OJR’s last game against the Sabers. It will be a big help for the Jr Reign if Lam can continue to swing a hot stick, as you can never have enough goal scoring threats. 

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

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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