The Reign didn’t waste any time with a goal at 1:13 of the first period from last year’s All-ECHL Rookie, Mario Lamoureux. The goal was assisted by returning Reign skaters Cameron Burt and Brady Calla. Las Vegas evened the score at 13:20 with a goal from Charlie Cook on a rush into the Reign end. Cook beat Hutchinson’s glove for the equalizer.
Ontario re-established the lead in the second period when rookie winger Zach O’Brien netted a top shelf wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle at 4:08; fellow rookie Brett Beebe earned the assist. With 2:06 remaining in the period, Beebe earned his second point of the game with his rebound goal of a shot from Mike Towns. Beebe slipped the puck past Wranglers goaltender Travis Fullerton who couldn’t get his blocker up quick enough.
When the Reign were on the power-play for a Wranglers holding penalty, rookie Dylan Wruck beat the blocker of Fullerton to give Ontario a 4-1 lead at 15:16 of the final frame; Derek Couture and Jake Newton had the helpers. Just 79 seconds later, Towns went on a mini breakaway and ripped a shot past Fullerton to complete his Gordie Howe Hat Trick at 16:35.
Hutchinson earned the win stopping all but one of his 16 shots; Fullerton took the loss with 28 saves on 33 shots.