The Ontario Reign take game one of a two-game weekend series against the Abbotsford Canucks with a 4-1 victory.

Goal Breakdown

First period:

ONT: Nate Schnarr (4), ASST: Jacob Moverare (17), Tobias Bjornfot (6)

ABB: Chase Wouters (6), ASST: Brady Keeper (5), Jett Woo (12)

ONT: Samuel Fagemo (21), ASST: Alex Turcotte (10), Jacob Moverare (18)

Second period:


Third period:

ONT: Cameron Gaunce (1), ASST: Andre Lee (3), Tyrell Goulbourne (2)

ONT: EN, SH Andre Lee (6), ASST: Tobie Bisson (11)



ABB: 1

ONT: 4


ABB: 27

ONT: 23


ABB: 0/3

ONT: 0/4

Here are the three takeaways from Friday’s 4-1 victory:

A complete team effort

After playing a complete 60-minute effort Wednesday in their 4-0 win against the Tucson Roadrunners, the Ontario Reign backed that up with another 60-minute effort. Abbotsford had the better chances to start the game with two shots that rang off the iron, but I thought the Reign did a great job of limiting the dangerous chances for Abbotsford after. The complete opposite of last weekend.

Jacob Moverare and Andre Lee each had two points, Tobias Bjornfot has a three-game point streak, Alex Turcotte has an assist in each of his last two games since returning from injury, Cameron Gaunce recorded his first goal of the season, Nate Schnarr recorded his first goal as an Ontario Reign, good team defense in the third period, and Cal Petersen stopped 26 of 27 shots faced. Even the penalty kill did a good job of taking away the shooting lanes and passing lanes. A great team game overall on both ends of the ice.

Nate Schnarr records his first Reign goal

In Wednesday’s 4-0 victory, Nate Schnarr recorded his first assist as a member of the Ontario Reign. Last night he found the back of the net for his first goal as a member of the Ontario Reign. With Samuel Helenius out of the lineup, Schnarr centered the fourth line with Andre Lee and Tyrell Goulbourne as his wingers. Known as a defensive-minded forward, getting a bit of offense from Nate Schnarr is gravy. That fourth line was good defensively and it’s good to see them get rewarded for their hard work.

Alex Turcotte records another assist

I’ve really liked Alex Turcotte’s two games he played in after returning from injury. Turcotte, once again, brought the energy right from the opening faceoff and had that extra gear in him as he was flying all over the ice. There is talent in him, however, we just don’t see it much because he has been hit with the injury bug multiple times this season. Last night he recorded another assist, finding Samuel Fagemo late in the first period to give the Reign a 2-1 lead.

What I like about this play is Turcotte finding Fagemo and putting that pass in a perfect spot for Fagemo to beat Arturs Silovs. What I also like about this play is Fagemo getting into that scoring area and finding space to get himself open. As Turcotte makes that spin move and drives down the left circle, Fagemo spins off of his defender and creates time and space for Turcotte to make that pass and to put himself in position for a great scoring chance. A great play by both players to hook up for the goal.

UP NEXT: These two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at Toyota Arena in the Inland Empire. The game starts at 3 pm PT and can be seen on AHLTV.

Featured image credit: Mike Zitek/Ontario Reign

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