The Ontario Reign bounced back in a big way, with a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Wednesday evening at SAP Center.
After a disappointing defeat against San Jose on Sunday afternoon in Ontario, the Reign got a standout performance from goaltender Matthew Villalta, with a 34-save effort, as they won for the seventh consecutive time on the road. With the victory, coupled with a San Diego loss, Ontario reclaimed the fourth position in the Pacific Division heading into a busy weekend at Toyota Arena.
The Reign got goals from Carl Grundstrom in the first period, and Tim Schaller in the second period, with defenseman Paul LaDue assisting on both tallies. With the score deadlocked midway through the third period, forward Giovanni Fiore got in behind the defense, went to the backhand and roofed his shot past San Jose netminder Josef Korenar for the game-winning goal.
The Reign improved to 11-2-2 in their last 15 games, and are back in action this weekend with home games against Tucson on Friday and Bakersfield on Saturday.
Giovanni Fiore on his breakaway goal
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