1. High Shot Volume
The Ontario Reign took 31 shots through the first two periods, adding 12 more in the third. However, sometimes it just isn’t enough. Good goaltending by Olle Eriksson Ek helped keep the Gulls in the game after they opened the scoring 6:20 into the opening period. Eriksson Ek was also in goal for San Diego in the 4-0 shutout of the Reign on March 12, stopping 22 total shots. The Swedish netminder now has over 60 saves against the Reign in his last two games.
As for the Reign, this is a situation where they probably could have used some of their scorers playing for the Kings at the moment. With players like Gabriel Vilardi and Jordan Spence spending time with the big club, the Reign are going to need scoring contributions from the rest of the lineup to keep up the current pace. Tonight just wasn’t one of those nights.