WHAT: AHL REGULAR-SEASON GAME
WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2020 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Mechanics Bank Arena – Bakersfield, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Fox Sports Radio – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign return to action this weekend for a back-to-back set, beginning this evening in Bakersfield. Ontario extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-4 win over San Diego in its most recent game six days prior.
DRIVE FOR FIVE: With Saturday’s win in San Diego, Ontario has won five consecutive games and has points in seven straight games, with a 6-0-1 record over that stretch. The Reign are currently on their longest winning and point streaks of the 2019-20 season, and are tied for second for the longest active streak in both categories in the AHL. At four games, Ontario is also tied for the AHL’s longest active away winning streak.
ANDERSO(T)N-DO(T)LAN: Ontario forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday in San Diego. Anderson-Dolan’s tally marked his first ever professional overtime goal, and his first professional game-winning goal. The first-year forward has collected four points (2-2-4) from five games since he was assigned by Los Angeles in mid-January, and has ten points (3-7-10) over his last 10 AHL games, dating back into December.
SWITCHAROO: Forwards Carl Grundstrom and Matt Luff exchanged places last week, with Grundstrom recalled to the Kings and Luff assigned to the Reign. Grundstrom had three points (1-2-3) in the win over San Diego on Saturday, and had seven points (3-4-7) from his past seven games prior to being recalled. Luff has 12 points (5-7-12) from 18 AHL games played this season, and has goals in each of his last two games played with the Reign.
CAL THE KING: Goaltender Cal Petersen was recalled by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, after the Kings traded goaltender Jack Campbell to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Petersen led all AHL netminders in minutes played, saves and shots faced at the time of his recall, and represented Ontario at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. Petersen is 5-4-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in 12 games played in his NHL career.
THE COMEBACK KIDS: Dating back to January 26 in Stockton, each of the Reign’s past four wins have come after conceding the first goal of the game. Ontario overturned a two-goal deficit on Saturday in San Diego, and no team in the AHL has more wins when trailing after 20 minutes than Ontario. The Reign also sit atop the AHL in road wins when trailing after both 20 and 40 minutes so far this season.
SCOUTING THE CONDORS: Bakersfield defenseman Evan Bouchard was tied for the AHL lead in points by a defenseman during the month of January with 11 (3-8-11). Bouchard, who represented the Condors at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, and finished as runner-up to Martin Frk in the hardest shot event, enters tonight’s action on a six-game point streak, extended with a pair of assists in Wednesday’s win over Tucson.