*UPDATED ON 8/16 WITH SECOND SCHEDULE CHANGE*
The Ontario Reign announced their first schedule change today – The 2018 Calder Cup Playoff rematch with the Texas Stars, previously a Friday-Night Fight scheduled for November 2, has been moved up by a day to Thursday, November 1. The game is still scheduled to start at 7 PM and the Reign will honor the previously scheduled beverage promotion on the rescheduled date.
The Reign also announced that their home game on Sunday, February 10 against the San Jose Barracuda has been moved from a 3 PM start to a 1 PM start.*
From The Reign Official Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have announced a schedule change. The Reign’s regular-season game against the Texas Stars, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2, has been re-scheduled for Thursday, November 1. The game’s start time will remain at 7:00 p.m.
The $2 Bud Light Friday Night promotion, which runs at all Friday evening Ontario Reign home games, will be honored at the re-scheduled game.
This will be the Reign’s first and only Thursday home game of the season. The Reign are also scheduled to play one Thursday road game, against Bakersfield on November 29.
Haven’t gotten any official wording yet on why the movement of the date, so we will assume that the CBBA will be day-to-day with an upper body injury. I’ll circle back with an update once I receive one. So for now, we’ll throw out some fun facts about this game –
All-time on Thursdays, the Reign are………
2-1 in Regular Season
10/15/15 @ MAN – 4-1 Win
11/5/15 vs. SD – 4-1 Win
12/31/15 vs. STK – 1-4 Loss
1-2 in Playoffs (Both losses came in overtime)
4/28/16 vs. SJ – 3-1 Win
5/26/16 @ LE – 1-2 Loss (2OT)
4/19/18 @ TEX – 4-3 Loss (OT)
Ride Or Budaj
The recently re-acquired Peter Budaj was between the pipes for five of the Reign’s six Thursday games. The veteran goaltender went 3-1-1 with a 1.47 goals against average and a .923 save percentage across the five starts, which included one double-overtime defeat against Lake Erie in the 2016 postseason.
Not Too Cool For School
The Reign are also set to open the preseason on a Thursday as they host Cool School on Thursday, September 27 in an early-morning puck drop.
Dancing With The Stars
This is the only meeting of the season in California between the Reign and the Stars, the first rematch of last season’s playoff series. Ontario also visits Cedar Park on Saturday, December 29.
Mini Plan Select-A-Seat
The Reign are holding a select-a-seat day tomorrow from 6 – 9 at the CBBA for fans to secure their seats with a 2018-19 mini plan. The team is offering two different mini-plan options (Black & Silver, detailed HERE) in multiple different price levels.
Fans that are interested can CLICK HERE for more information online or can come at any point during the 6 – 9 range tomorrow evening to select their location for the upcoming season.