Sabers Fall Short Against Ontario Jr Reign in second exhibition game
Carlsbad Icetown - Sunday, September 17, 2023
The San Diego Sabers faced the Ontario Jr Reign for the second time during their exhibition game at the Carlsbad Icetown. Unfortunately, the Sabers were unable to secure a win, falling to the Jr Reign with a final score of 8-2.
The first period started with a burst of energy from Ontario Jr Reign as they quickly established their dominance. Julian, Fiolleau, and Lai all found the back of the net within the first 13 minutes, leaving the Sabers playing catch-up early in the game. Penalties flew fast and furious, with multiple players from both sides engaging in rough play, reflecting the intensity of the match.
In the second period, Ontario Jr Reign continued to press their advantage, with Flota extending their lead to 4-0. The Sabers finally got on the scoreboard with goals from Litzinger and Gouin, showing moments of resilience. However, Ontario responded swiftly with goals from Doyle and Julian, maintaining their lead at 6-2.
The third period saw Ontario Jr Reign's Maley and Flota adding to their tally, putting the game out of reach for the Sabers. Despite their best efforts, the Sabers couldn't mount a comeback.
The Sabers managed to limit Ontario's shots on goal, but the Jr Reign capitalized on their opportunities, leading to their convincing victory.
Both teams displayed their physicality throughout the game, resulting in several major penalties, including fighting and contact to the head infractions. The game's intensity was palpable as players from both sides battled for control.
Although the outcome was not what the Sabers had hoped for, they showed moments of grit and determination. They will use this experience as a learning opportunity and look forward to improving in their upcoming games in Las Vegas.