OJR Finish With 3-1 Record in Las Vegas Showcase

by Sebastian Abdon Ibarra

The Ontario Jr Reign are leaving Nevada after putting on a show for the college scouts and coaches in attendance.The three Jr Reign victories came against the Seattle Totems, Battle Creek Kernels, and Bellingham Blazers. 

Kaedin Larocque-Wolfe and Tristan Lam were the leading goal scorers for the Jr Reign with two each over the three day tournament. In all, 12 different OJR players showed out and found the back of the net. 

Rhys Doyle was the leading scorer for Ontario in the tournament with five points. Chris Lai and Tristen Friedman were not far behind with four points each. 

The OJR goalies enjoyed a successful couple of days as well, with the trio of Josh Henson, Matus Trnka, and Julian Arenal each picking up a win. Each of them allowed one goal or less in their victory, with Arenal earning the lone Jr Reign shutout of the tournament. 

In the first game of the tournament, the Jr Reign outshot the Totems by 15 and denied six of their seven power play attempts en route to the 4-1 win. Larocque-Wolfe and Doyle led the way offensively with two goals and two assists respectively. Henson turned in a 19 save, one goal allowed performance to secure the win. 

In the second game against the Kernels, it was the same formula as before. Ontario outshot Battle Creek by 19 and shut them out on the powerplay. Trnka made 18 saves and allowed just the single goal, while four different Jr Reign players scored a goal for an easy 4-1 victory. 

In the final game, Ontario outshot the Blazers by 20 and killed all five of their power plays. The OJR offense gave Arenal a three goal cushion and he did the rest, pitching a shutout to make it a happy trip back home to Ontario. 

Mark your calendars for the Jr Reign’s return to action when they take on the Las Vegas Thunderbirds on Jan. 12 at Ontario Center Ice Arena. Until then, have a happy holiday season!

Photo by Jason Lai