Ontario Jr Reign Sweep San Diego Sabers in Exhibition Weekend

by Callum Kemlo

The Ontario Jr Reign wrapped up their weekend in style, coming home with two wins under their belt. With a combined score of 15-3, the Ontario Jr Reign won both of its two-game weekend exhibition weekend versus rival San Diego Sabers. The OJR opened their weekend on Saturday, September 16th at home and showed up for the fans, winning 7-1. The following day, Sunday, September 17th, the team made the trip to San Diego where they continued their scoring streak winning 8-2. 

Saturday’s home game started with an early lead for the Sabers with a goal scored by forward Justin Ouellet. After a 0-1 first period which saw the Jr Reign out shoot the Sabers 18-5, but not on the scoreboard, the team dominated the 2nd period. The Jr Reign jumped on the Sabers early, with Amir Shakirov scoring just over a minute into the second period, the team did not let up until the final buzzer. Following Shakirov’s goal, Nicholas Fiolleau, CJ Kemp, another Shakirov goal, Christopher Lai, Tristan Lam, and Mason Welsh all scored for the Jr Reign for a final score of 7-1. The Jr Reign went 3/6 on the powerplay and outshot the Sabers 55 to their 16.

Following up the home opener, the Jr Reign continued their stretch of dominance in San Diego, spoiling their home opener. With 3 goals in the first period scored by Eamon Julian, Nicholas Fiolleau, and Christopher Lai the Jr Reign went into the 2nd period with a comfortable 3-0 lead.  Diego Flota opened the scoring for the Jr Reign in the second period, but the Sabers came back with a goal by Jackson Litzinger. Not to be outdone, Rhys Doyle returned the favor just 24 seconds later to make the score 5-1. Eamon Julian and Sabers player Felix Gouin traded goals towards the end of the period to give the Jr Reign a comfortable 6-2 lead heading into the third period. Noah Maley and Diego Flota added goals in the third period to bring exhibition weekend to a close, with two dominant 7-1 and 8-2 wins for the Ontario Jr Reign. 

Coach and GM Blumes said this following the game, “We played with good structure for a team this early in the season. Loved seeing so many of our returning players contribute not just on the scoresheet on the weekend but off the ice as well.” He continued, “Many of those guys were depth players last season and through hard work are ready to play bigger roles this season. That being said, we have good depth and it will be competitive for ice time throughout the roster. We still want to play better in the defensive zone and communicate with one another more, but that will improve as the season continues.”

Catch all the Hard Hitting, High Flying Hockey Action at our next home game, Monday September, 25th versus the Lake Tahoe Lakers at Ontario Center Ice Arena! 

Tickets are only $10, link down below!