Ontario Jr REIGN are 2023-24 Pacific Division Champions!

by Jordan Driscoll

The Ontario Jr Reign faced a formidable foe in the Fresno Monsters this past week, with games on Thursday and Friday. The Reign emerged victorious as the new USPHL Pacific Division Champions!

Thursday’s game started at 7:45 PM, with a slow start for both teams. The second period was filled with action though, with goals from both teams. The Monsters struck first, followed soon by a goal from Baden Powell. The Ontario Jr Reign added another goal before finishing the game off with an empty net goal from Tristen Friedman. 

Both goalies fought hard, with Josh Henson and Ethan Jourden delivering solid performances in the net. The Reign did a better job at suppressing offense, limiting the Monsters to twenty-four shots. The game ended with the Reign holding the lead in the series with a 3-1 win.

Going into Friday night’s game, the Reign looked to solidify their place as the new Pacific Division Champions, delivering a crushing performance against the Fresno Monsters. The Fresno Monsters struck first again, with a powerplay goal from Emil Loov, followed by a second from Felix Kariander. The Reign fought their way onto the scoreboard in the second, with goals from Kash Henkelman, Tegan Neuman, and Rhys Doyle and two goals from sharpshooter Kaedin Larocque-Wolfe. The Monsters’ Simon Eriksson netted a goal amongst the deluge of goals from the Reign.

The game was mostly disciplined, with four total penalties. The total shots were kept to a total of less than 30 for both goalies, Henson and Jourden. Henson would be named MVP for his stellar performance in both games. 

Kaedin Larocque-Wolfe earned himself a hat trick in the third, before his teammate, Mason Welsh scored an empty net goal to finish the game off at 7 to 3. The Reign looks dominant heading into Nationals, hosted in Utica, NY!