Reign Comeback In Second Period, Knock Off Barracuda 3-2

Auger Reign MayorsManor 2015 by Ikiri

Jonny Brodzinski and Justin Auger struck 16 seconds apart in the second period bringing the Ontario Reign all the way back from the 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.  For Ontario it completed their eighth win in their last nine games keeping them a top the Western Conference of the AHL.

After a lackluster first period the Reign went into the 2nd looking to get back in the game and they were able to do that in the first minute.  Sean Backman carried the puck into the offensive zone and was able to pull San Jose goaltender Troy Grosenick towards him.  With Grosenick committed towards Backman, Backman slid a pass over to Michael Mersch who had a whole open net to shoot at.  The goal got the Reign back into it and started the momentum towards the the 16 seconds that put the Reign on top.

The second goal actually started with a big save by Reign goaltender Peter Budaj.  The puck came out front to Barracuda forward Trevor Parkes, who fired a shot low towards far side of the net.  Budaj stuck out his right leg pad and made the save and the puck rebounded out to the Reign who took off on an odd man rush.  Kris Newbury and Brodzinski sped up the ice with Newbury controlling the puck waiting for his moment.  He found his opportunity and made a saucer pass over to Brodzinski who ripped a shot underneath the crossbar to tie the game at two.  It was not only a big goal for the Reign, but a big goal for Brodzinski as it was his first goal since January 8th.

“Just a two-on-one break with me and Newbury, great great pass by him,” said Brodzinski. “Backhand saucer pass, I think it was over two, Jordan (Samuels-Thomas) was coming up the ice too along with the defenders, so it was over the d-man’s stick, both of their sticks and right on to my tape.”

Ontario wasn’t done and they caused a scramble out front of the Barracuda net and the 6’7″ Auger was able to use his size to keep himself right in the crease area and find the loose puck and put it past Grosenick on his second attempt.  Auger, just like Brodzinski, had been held without a goal since January 5th.  The much needed secondary scoring put the Reign in the position to win.  In the third, Budaj had another stellar period and held San Jose’s offensive attacks without a goal to close out the win for Ontario.

“It’s been a while, felt good to put one across the line,” said Auger.  “I’ve just been focusing on shooting as much as I can and taking it to the net.  Sometimes you get in those little slumps, it feels good to shake it off.”

The Barracuda had a strong first period after two quick goals in the first four minutes.  Ryan Carpenter found a loose puck in front of Budaj and beat him with a high shot, it was the first goal Budaj has given up in 183:13 of play spanning over four games.  Nic Dowd took a penalty right after the first Barracuda goal and San Jose went to work on the power play.  Ben Smith was able to beat Budaj with a low short side shot that doubled the lead for the Barracuda.  After that, Budaj and the Reign defense was able to stop the Barracuda.

Forwards

Mersch – Dowd – Backman

Kempe – Newbury – Brodzinski

Samuels-Thomas – Crescenzi – Auger

Lowry – Horvat – Bissonnette

Defenseman

Forbort – Gravel

MacDermid – Loverde

Raine – Schultz

Goaltender

Budaj

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  1. And Zykov a healthy scratch for the 2nd consecutive game.