WHAT: AHL REGULAR SEASON GAME
WHEN: Friday, January 25 @ 7:00 PM
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign are back on home ice for their final two games before the AHL All-Star break begins on Sunday. The Reign will host the Colorado Eagles tonight and tomorrow evening at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ontario enters tonight’s action looking to end a 10-game home winless in regulation streak, which was extended on Monday in a 4-1 loss against the San Diego Gulls. Ontario has won three times overall at home in that span, but has not won in regulation on home ice since November 11. The Reign are also looking for their first win of the season over Colorado, falling in overtime on December 15 to move to 0-2-1 against the Eagles on the season. Cal Petersen was the first goaltender off this morning for Ontario, while Boko Imama, Nikita Scherbak and Chaz Reddekopp were on late for extra work.
EAGLE EYE: Entering today’s action, defenseman Sean Walker and forward Mikey Eyssimont lead the Reign with two goals apiece this season versus Colorado, with Walker posting three points (2-1-3) from two games played. Forward Matt Moulson leads the team overall with four points (1-3-4), with his goal coming as the game’s first tally on December 15, the team’s teddy-bear toss goal at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
DRIVE FOR FIVE: Speaking of Moulson, the Reign forward and alternate captain enters tonight’s action on a five-game point streak, extended with the game-opening goal on Monday against San Diego. Moulson’s tally came 37 seconds into the game for his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Moulson has now posted three separate point streaks of four games or more, and has six goals and eight points on his current run.
WAGNER AND WALKER: Ontario received reinforcements earlier this week as forward Austin Wagner and defenseman Sean Walker returned to the Reign, with the NHL on its All-Star break. Wagner has collected nine points (4-5-9) from 34 NHL games this season, in addition to three goals from seven AHL contests. Walker has tallied three NHL points (1-2-3), as well as 17 points (6-11-17) from 20 games with Ontario.
LUFF ACTUALLY: Prior to Monday’s game against San Diego, forward Matt Luff was assigned to the Reign by Los Angeles. Including Monday’s action, in which he flanked Mike Amadio and Matt Moulson on the right wing, Luff has collected 12 points (6-6-12) from 10 games played at the AHL level. The Oakville, ONT native has also posted seven goals and 10 points from 30 NHL Games with the Kings, after he made his NHL debut with the team in November.
HOME SWEET HOME: Today’s contest against the Eagles continues a stretch with 13 of 16 games coming on home ice, and all 16 games being within the state of California, that began on Monday against San Diego. Ontario will travel twice to San Diego and once to Bakersfield in that span. The Reign will host seven different opponents over the 13 games, including three matchups against this weekend’s opponent in Colorado.