PREVIEW – Ontario vs. San Diego, 9/26

WHO: Ontario Reign (0-0-0-0) vs. San Diego Gulls (0-0-0-0)
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 10:00 AM
WHERE: Toyota Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: None – AUDIO – Gulls Proa (Away Stream) – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

Lineup –

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign begin the 2019 preseason on home ice, with the San Diego Gulls in town for the first of two exhibition contests for the Reign.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ontario and San Diego played a home-and-home set last year in the preseason, with the Reign taking both contests, including a victory on home ice in the shootout. The Reign have several new faces, including Sean Durzi and Markus Phillips, who could make their debuts with the team this morning.

NOT TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL: Today’s game is a morning contest in Ontario, the annual Cool School Game. More than 7,000 students are expected to be in attendance for today’s game, which will feature education themed activities and workbooks for the students throughout the game, all with a hockey flavor. It’s going to be……loud.

CAPTAIN CRUNCH: Forward Brett Sutter returns as Reign captain for the third consecutive season. The veteran forward skated in his 800th career AHL game during the 2019-20 campaign and broke the 20-goal plateau for the first time as a professional. Sutter is expected to make his preseason debut today against the Gulls.

AWAY TO ANAHEIM: The two So-Cal Series rivals will rematch on Monday evening in Anaheim, in their now annual meeting at Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Puck drops at 7 PM on Friday evening, with game tickets and parking free for all fans.

SCOUTING THE GULLS: Some familiar faces are on the roster for today’s opponent, starting with forwards Corey Tropp, Jack Kopacka and Devin Sideroff, who all skated with the team last season. Many of the Gulls’ top defensemen from a season ago are still in NHL camp with the Ducks, but Patrick Sieloff was a member of the Gulls towards the end of last season after a trade with Ottawa.

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