Trnka’s Standout Week In Tahoe Earns Him POTW

by Sebastian Abdon Ibara

For the second time this season an Ontario Jr Reign goalkeeper has earned the USPHL Premier West Region Player Of The Week award, this time it was OJR rookie Matus Trnka. In his two starts last weekend against the Lake Tahoe Lakers, he blanked the Lakers in a 25 save performance and followed it up with a 35 save showing the next day. In total he put up a .984 save percentage and allowed one goal over his two starts. 

Photo by MIke Zitek 

Trnka has been somewhat of a boogeyman for the Lakers this season. He seems to play his best hockey against them, and has the 4-1 record against them to prove it. After a tough start to the season, he has allowed two goals over the last 206 minutes he has been on the ice against Lake Tahoe, including two shutout victories. Trnka’s two shutouts come against a good Laker offense who as of last weekend averaged three and a half goals a game, and it has been the only two times this season that Lake Tahoe has been held scoreless.  

The Jr Reign goalies will need to bring their A game as they welcome one of the Pacific's top offense to Ontario Center Ice Arena. Don’t miss out on our great events happening this weekend including: Special Musical Guests Nah’shon & Eugene O’Neil on Friday at 3:55 PM, a Special Musical Performance by IE OG Hazerd on Saturday at 3:55 PM, and an Empire Mites Scrimmage on Sunday at 3:55 PM. 

Enjoy ice-cold beers and beverages courtesy of Firewater Bar and treat the taste buds to Bubba’s tasty Tacos all weekend long! 

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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