A late turnover by the Ontario Reign results in a goal and ends up being the difference as they lose the first game to Calgary 4-3.
ONT: Austin Wagner (8), ASST: TJ Tynan (38), Lias Andersson (13)
CGY: PP Emilio Pettersen (11), ASST: Mitch McLain (7), Jeremie Poirier (20)
CGY: Mitch McLain (10), ASST: Colton Poolman (7), Cole Schwindt (13)
ONT: TJ Tynan (6), ASST: None
CGY: Radim Zohorna (7), ASST: Nicolas Meloche (13), Yan Kuznetsov (7)
ONT: Lias Andersson (15), ASST: Martin Chromiak (8), Jordan Spence (25)
CGY: Clark Bishop (3), ASST: Nick Desimone (17), Connor Zary (27)
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s 4-3 loss
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Ontario Reign’s puck handling last night wasn’t good, even sloppy at times. Every time Ontario seemed to gain momentum after the tie, they literally turned it around. Too often, Reign struggled to hit a pass or turn the puck on her own end, and at critical points it cost her. The biggest was Calgary’s fourth goal, when Taylor Ward couldn’t get the puck out of the reign end and landed in the back of the net moments later.
Against elite teams like the Wranglers, you’ll have to pay for every mistake you make. Unfortunately, for the reign, the Wranglers made them pay for their mistakes. They are now winless in four games against Calgary.
Martin Chromiak extends his points streak
Lias Andersson led the Ontario Reign in terms of goals entering the competition last night, adding another in the third period last night. However, he couldn’t score number 15 without a great individual performance from Martin Chromiak.
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioeign) January 25, 2023
With that assist, Chromiak has now extended his points streak to eight games. This game from Chromiak showed great puck protection and vision to find Andersson to level the game on three. Unfortunately, Calgary would score 56 seconds later to take the lead and win the game 4-3.
These two teams will face off in the rematch tonight. For the Reign, it’s a chance to redeem themselves and prove they can take on the elite teams of the Pacific Division. The 5th Seed Reign is 3-7-1-0 against the top three teams in the division (Coachella, Calgary, Colorado). They are 0-4 against the Wranglers and will play them twice more this week including tonight. While they’ve paced the Colorado Eagles and shown they can take on the Coachella Valley Firebirds, they’ve had their hands full with Calgary. You can break this trend with huge two dots tonight.
NEXT: The Reign and Wranglers meet again tonight. The game begins at 6:00 p.m. PT and can be viewed on AHLTV.
Credit: David Moll/Calgary Flames