ONTARIO, CA — After taking a 1-0 lead early in the second period, the Ontario Reign gave up three straight goals in a span of just 2:36 and ended up dropping a 4-3 decision to the Lake Erie Monsters in Game 1 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Finals at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on May 21.
In that fateful second period, Reign forward Sean Backman opened the scoring on a one-timer from left point on the power play at 4:23. But the Monsters came right back with three quick goals, first by Lukas Sedlak at 7:10, Josh Anderson at 8:23 on the power play, and Ryan Craig at 9:46, giving the Monsters a 3-1 lead, leaving the Reign stunned.
The Reign made a valiant effort in the third period, with Los Angeles Kings prospects Nic Dowd and Joel Lowry scoring at 1:38 and 8:16, respectively, but it was too little, too late after their second period snooze.
Frozen Royalty is the only source for the audio of the full post-game interviews with Backman, Kings defenseman prospect Keven Gravel, and head coach Mike Stothers. You can listen below.
Post-Game Raw Audio Interviews, Lake Erie Monsters vs. Ontario Reign, Game 1, 2016 AHL Western Conference Finals
(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed; click on the arrow to listen):
Sean Backman (2:18)
Kevin Gravel (5:24)
Mike Stothers (7:33)
LEAD PHOTO: Ontario Reign defenseman Kevin Gravel. Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography.
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