PREVIEW – Ontario @ San Diego – 2/1

WHO: Ontario Reign (21-18-4-1) @ San Diego Gulls (19-16-3-2)
WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Pechanga Arena San Diego – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: Fox Sports West & AHLTV – AUDIO – iHeart Radio – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign are back in action this afternoon for a 4 PM faceoff in San Diego. Ontario enters tonight’s action off of a 4-3, regulation victory over the Bakersfield Condors yesterday evening at Mechanics Bank Arena.

THE PLAYOFF PICTURE: This weekend features a pair of very important games for the Reign, who earned two points in regulation yesterday, with a 4-3 win over Bakersfield. Following Ontario’s win over the Condors, and San Diego’s 5-3 win over San Jose, the Reign currently lead both teams by four points for the final playoff position in the Pacific Division. Bakersfield has one game in hand on Ontario, while San Diego has four.

REIGN ON THE RISE: With last night’s victory, Ontario now has points in six straight games, with a 5-0-1 record over that six-game stretch. The Reign are currently on their longest point streak of the 2019-20 season and are tied for their longest winning streak of the season at four games. With a victory today in San Diego, Ontario would also tie its longest away winning streak of the season at four straight wins.

ONE-GOAL WONDERS: Ontario continues to be the best team in the American Hockey League in one-goal games this season, as it improved to 14-1-4-1 in games decided by a single goal. With just one, one-goal regulation loss, Ontario is tied for the second fewest in the AHL this season. The Reign lead the AHL in winning percentage from one-goal games at .825, and have collected a point in 19 of 20 one-goal games this season.

MAGIC CONCH SHELDON: Reign forward Sheldon Rempal extended his point streak to four games with his second-period tally last night in Bakersfield. Rempal has two goals and two assists over that stretch, and is tied for second on the Reign with 12 assists this season. The second-year forward now has 14 points (2-12-14) so far this season – hear from Rempal, and Ontario Head Coach on Rempal, here.

TWO FOR LADUE: Ontario defenseman Paul LaDue tallied a goal and an assist in yesterday’s win over the Condors. LaDue scored a power-play goal, Ontario’s only on eight tries, and also tallied an assist in the win. The 27-year-old blueliner leads all Reign defensemen in assists (12) and points (18) this season, and has seven points (2-5-7) over his last six games played, including goals in back-to-back games.

FRK’N GOALSCORER: Reign forward Martin Frk collected his team-leading 21st goal of the season yesterday in Bakersfield. The tally for Frk came in his first game after breaking the AHL’s Hardest Shot record at Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition. Frk now has eight goals and nine points (8-1-9) over his last eight games played, and is now tied for fifth in the AHL in goals scored this season, two clear of the next closest player in the Pacific Division.

SCOUTING THE GULLS: San Diego winger Kiefer Sherwood collected a hat trick in his team’s 5-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda yesterday evening on home ice. With the three tallies, Sherwood posted the first hat trick of his AHL career and now has 14 goals and 21 points from 28 games played this season. In the win, forwards Sam Carrick (0-2-2) and Chase De Leo (0-2-2) also tallied multiple points to help lead the Gulls.

Rules for Blog Commenting

  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other comments, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.