ECHL: Coach Christie on Reign Taking Series Lead vs Americans

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The Ontario Reign scored four goals on 17 shots Friday night and beat the Allen Americans 4-1 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  With the victory in Game 3 the Reign take a 2-1 series lead.  Coach Jason Christie spoke to the media after the game.

On if tonight’s game was similar to Monday night’s game:

“No, you see the firepower you see how they move the puck. We just have to make sure were ready to play each and every shift. We’ve just got to make sure we win those one on one battles. This is one of those games where the score was different, but it was still a one goal game.”

On what made a difference in tonight’s game:

“Well again, this is playoffs, you have to be ready to go. The biggest thing that we have to focus on is their top guys, the Costello’s and these guys that are making plays. There’s always that extra play that they can make so you’ve got to make sure that guys don’t score. On the goal that they scored, we gave up the middle of the ice, we can’t give that up there.”

On keeping Americans forward Chad Costello from getting clean looks:

“He’s a play maker. He’s going to get his shots but he’s going to set guys up. Every game we have to make sure we take their time and space.”

On the slow start and what gave them their jump after the first:

“We got in trouble here again with penalties. What did we kill off, three? That’s six minutes of penalty killing. Of course we’ve got jump. So in the second period the rest of the guys are rested. We’ve got to make sure we stay out of the box.”

On the offensive burst after a couple of power play chances:

“Again, its still a one goal game. Yeah we had some chances, made some good saves and had a couple shots. We’ve just got to keep putting them in. Still, the score doesn’t indicate how the game was.”

On Judd Blackwater’s goal:

“We talked about it. That’s a play we had to use because they were taking away our D to D. That guy is always open so we’ve got to use him.”

On having Ralfs Freibergs back:

“Well anybody can step in. We’ve got guys sitting out that are ready to go. Brown could come in tomorrow. He’s come in and done a hell of a job the last two games. So hopefully it keeps going.”

S/T Cody Warner

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