In the first of two matchups between the Gulls and the Reign this weekend Tyrell Goulbourne provided a spark, as the Reign came out on top of the Gulls 3-1 Friday evening.
The 28 year-old Goulbourne, who is just coming out of retirement, was an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick, as he collected a fight and a goal.
Even though the teams were held scoreless after the first period of play, Ontario dominated play, the only thing they did not do was find the back of the net. The Reign’s best look of the period came on a breakaway from rookie forward, Martin Chromiak.
In the early going of the middle frame, San Diego thought they had scored, however after a quick review it was ruled no goal due to a distinct kicking motion. Moments later, Goulbourne broke the ice with his first of the season after he picked up the loose change around the crease.
Ontario surrendered their league leading ninth short handed goal against in the third period after NHL veteran, Michael Del Zotto scored on a wrap-around to tie the game. Within the same power play, Ontario re-took their lead supplied by a goal from Chromiak, who banged home a rebound. Jacob Moverare would go on to add the dagger with 1:26 left in regulation after scoring an empty netter from nearly the length of the ice.
Matt Villalta collected his sixth win of the season, stopping 17 of the 18 shots he faced, and collecting an assist on Moverare’s empty net goal.
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