Ontario spotted San Diego a two-goal lead, but the Reign’s league-leading offense responded in a 7-4 win over the Gulls on Wednesday night.
Ontario takes a 1-0 series lead into Thursday’s Game 2, looking to advance to the Pacific Division semifinals with another victory.
But Samuel Fagemo scored twice and Austin Wagner netted a shorthanded marker to give the Reign a 3-2 lead before the first intermission, and Vladimir Tkachev, Akil Thomas (two) and Martin Frk tacked on insurance markers as Ontario defeated their SoCal rivals for the 10th time in 13 tries this season.
Pacific Division First Round – Series “E” (best-of-3)
P2-Ontario Reign vs. P7-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – ONTARIO 7, San Diego 4
Game 2 – Thu., May 5 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 3 – Mon., May 9 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern