albany64 bakersfield64 binghamton64 bridgeport64 charlotte64 chicago64 cleveland64 grandrapids64 hartford64 hershey64 iowa64 lehighvalley64 manitoba64 milwaukee64 ontario64 providence64 rochester64 rockford64 sanantonio64 sandiego64 sanjose64 springfield64 stjohns64 stockton64 syracuse64 texas64 toronto64 tucson64 utica64 wbs64
Loading Scoreboard...

Reign rally to win home opener

The Ontario Reign ushered in the American Hockey League era in the Inland Empire with a 5-4 victory over Bakersfield in front of a sellout crowd of 9,491 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday night.

Down 3-0, the Reign scored four goals in a span of 2:42 late in the second period before holding on to improve to 4-0-0-0 on the season.

The comeback began with a goal by Michael Mersch at 14:28 of the second. Just six seconds later, Kris Newbury pulled Ontario within one, and when Valentin Zykov scored at 15:24, it capped a 56-second outburst that turned a three-goal deficit into a tie game.

Kevin Gravel scored his first goal of the season on a power play at 17:10 to give the Reign their first lead of the night, and Zykov’s second goal of the game at 6:57 of the third period provided the hosts with some breathing room.

Andrew Miller, Kale Kessy, Joshua Winquist and Jujhar Khaira scored for the Condors (1-3-0-1).

It was the Reign’s first regular-season home game as members of the AHL. The Los Angeles Kings’ top affiliate had spent the previous 14 seasons in Manchester, N.H., where they won the 2015 Calder Cup championship last spring.