PREVIEW – Ontario @ San Jose, 10/19

WHO: Ontario Reign (2-1-1-0) at San Jose Barracuda (2-1-0-0)
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 1:15 PM
WHERE: SAP Center – San Jose, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Ontario Reign Radio Network – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign are back in action for the first time in seven days, as they visit San Jose for their lone game of the week. Ontario enters tonight’s action off a pair of defeats on home ice last weekend.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Reign could see some new faces in the lineup this afternoon, after the assignments of Carl Grundstrom and Tobias Bjornfot yesterday morning. Both skated on a regular line in yesterday’s practice, with Grundstrom flanking Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Martin Frk, and Bjornfot skating alongside Paul LaDue on a defensive pair. Expect Cal Petersen to get his fifth straight start between the pipes in today’s game.

CARL, GOOD TO SEE YOU: Forward Carl Grundstrom was assigned to Ontario by Los Angeles yesterday morning. Grundstrom has skated in one NHL game with the Kings this season, where he amassed one point. Grundstrom skated in 13 games a season ago with Ontario, collecting 10 points (3-7-10), in addition to six points (5-1-6) from 15 NHL games with the Kings. Grundstrom is expected to join the Reign lineup today in San Jose.

BJORN TO RUN: Defenseman Tobias Bjornfot was also assigned to Ontario yesterday, after he was scoreless in three games with the Kings this season. Bjornfot became the fifth younger player in Los Angeles franchise history to appear in a game for the Kings, when he made his NHL debut on October 5 in Edmonton. Bjornfot was also one of just five members of the 2019 NHL Draft to make an NHL roster out of camp.

FOUR FOR FOUR: Ontario forward Martin Frk and defenseman Mikey Anderson have collected points in four straight games to open the season, extended on Saturday with an assist from Frk and a goal from Anderson. Frk scored in three straight games to open the season, tied for the Reign lead in goals, while Anderson has now scored in two straight games, after he tallied his first professional goal on Friday evening.

ST. NIK: Forward Nikolai Prokhorkin went the other way as Grundstrom and Bjornfot were assigned to Ontario, and could make his NHL debut today with the Kings. Prokhorkin has amassed two assists from four games played with the Reign thus far this season, his first AHL action since 2012. Prokhorkin joined the Kings organization this summer after spending the past seven seasons in Russia.

JONNY BE GOOD: The Reign will face a familiar foe this evening in forward Jonny Brodzinski, who has collected two points (1-1-2) from two AHL games played this season. Brodzinski has also skated in two NHL games with the Sharks in his first time outside of the Kings organization. The St. Cloud State product has skated in 156 career games with the Reign, totaling 56 goals and 108 points.

SCOUTING THE BARRACUDA: San Jose is led in scoring by a trio of forwards – Noah Gregor, Joel Kellman and Jayden Halbgewachs – who have each totaled a goal and two assists this season. Forward Alex True leads the Barracuda with two goals on the season, while netminders Josef Korenar and Andrew Shortridge have each earned one victory in net.

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