TJ Tynan scores in overtime to give the Ontario Reign the 3-2 win over the Abbotsford Canucks and improve to 6-0-0-1.

The Ontario Reign had to deal with a much better Abbotsford Canucks team on Saturday night but were still able to pick up a win, 3-2 in overtime on a TJ Tynan game-winner, to improve to 6-0-0-1 on the season.

On their heels for the first half of the first period, the Reign scored two power-play goals in the opening 20 minutes to take a 2-0 lead to the middle frame. Abbotsford would get one in the second and the third to get the game to overtime.

GAME RECAP

Here’s how the Reign lined up in the second of the back-to-backs:

It was a very high-paced first period, with Abbotsford coming out much quicker than the night before. They completely dominated the first eight minutes of the game, holding leads in shots on goal (11-4) and shot attempts (20-8). But a Vincent Arseneau double minor for high sticking put the Reign on the power-play, and they made the Canucks pay.

First, it was Martin Frk:

Still having the second half of the power-play, a very nice passing play ends with Jaret Anderson-Dolan cleaning up the rebound from Frk’s one-timer:

The period stats ended far more even after that penalty, with the Canucks holding a 14-11 edge in shots on goal and 26-23 lead in shot attempts.

In the second, Abbotsford used their first power-play to get on the board. Phil Di Giuseppe took a Travis Hamonic pass and beat Garret Sparks low to the far post:

Abbotsford controlled much of the third period as well, out-attempting the Reign 23-16. Sheldon Dries found the back of the net off a pass from Sheldon Rempal to tie the game at two:

In the overtime period, Tynan and Jaret Anderson-Dolan work a 2-on-2 to perfection:

Overall, this was probably a good, gutsy type of win for the Reign. Outplayed badly early on, they went up 2-0 and, despite losing the lead, still found a way to win in overtime. They’ll certainly feel good leaving Abbotsford with four points.

SHOT ATTEMPTS

For as dominant as Ontario was last night, it was a different showing this time around:

at Abbotsford Shot Attempts For Shot Attempts Against CORSI CF%
All Strengths 62 73 -11 45.9%
All Strengths HD 21 22 -1 48.84%
5v5 40 59 -19 40.4%
5v5 HD 12 18 -6 40.0%

BOX SCORE

Ontario Reign

The full box score can be found here.

THOUGHTS & TAKEAWAYS

  • I talked during and after the last game about Johan Sodergran as not being someone to forget about. He got a look in this one on the third line with JAD and Fagemo. He was playing well up until he took a big hit from Arseneau in the second period, and he did not return to the game.
  • Anderson-Dolan had what I felt was one of his best games of the young season. He brought his usual work ethic and forechecking but flashed some impressive skill a number of times. He ended with a goal and an assist to go along with four shots on goal.
  • Sparks was huge in this one, especially early on. Until the double minor in the first period, it was all Canucks. Sparks weathered the storm and in the end, he stopped 34 of 36 shots.
  • I’m not sure it can be overstated how good Tynan has been. Once again, he was all over the ice tonight and his line dominated throughout the game.
  • Austin Wagner was one of the best forwards tonight for Ontario. He had a handful of chances off the rush, including at least one clean breakaway, but was unable to finish. With the speed he has, he’s creating chances almost every time he’s on the ice. His five shots on goal tied Frk for a team-high.
  • It was a quiet night for Fagemo. He had a chance late in the game, but overall wasn’t someone that was involved much.

Up next for the Reign will be their first visit to the Henderson Silver Knights on Wednesday night.

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