The Ontario Reign won its third consecutive game against the Stockton Thunder, but it needed an eight-round shootout to pull it off.
Ontario’s Matt Register scored in the top of the eighth round and Stockton couldn’t respond as the Reign won 3-2 Wednesday in front of a crowd of 9,584 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.The teams meet again Friday at Stockton Arena.
The Thunder (11-4-2) fell behind 2-1 in the third period, but was able to force overtime when Greg Miller scored 9:03 into the period. It was less than a minute after Everett Sheen had given the Reign (11-2-4) the lead.
Brett Beebe gave Ontario a 1-0 lead in the fifth round of the shootout, but Brayden Irwin staved off defeat for the Thunder by tying it up. After Register’s score, J.P. Burkemper couldn’t convert for Stockton.
Stockton goalie Brian Foster still hasn’t lost in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2) and had 43 saves. Michael Hutchinson of Ontario (9-1-2) had 37 saves.
There will be an extended game story and preview of the next game in The Record’s Friday edition.