It’s the first meeting of the season between the Ontario Reign and Bakersfield Condors as the two teams each look to continue strong starts.

The Ontario Reign continues their early-season homestand as they welcome the Bakersfield Condors to Toyota Arena on Friday night. It’s been a good start to the season for both teams so far, with the Reign sitting at 2-0-0-1 through their first three games and the Condors at 2-0.

Top Scorers

TJ Tynan leads the Reign in assists (5) and points (5) and is also atop the AHL leaderboard in both categories. Martin Frk leads Ontario in goals with three.

Matt Villalta has started two of the three games for the Reign. He is 2-0 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Should the team continue in their rotation, Jacob Ingham would get the nod tonight. In his only game, he stopped 27-of-29 shots in regulation but lost in a shootout.

For Bakersfield, Seth Griffith leads the team in assists (3) and points (4), while Adam Cracknell leads the team in goals with two.

In net, Stuart Skinner has played both games. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

Special Teams

Ontario is 4-for-12 on the power-play (33.3%); Martin Frk leads the team with two power-play goals. The Reign has killed off 6-for-9 on the penalty-kill (66.7%).

Bakersfield is 2-for-10 (20%) on the power-play in their two games. Seth Griffith and Adam Cracknell each have a power-play goal. The Condors have been perfect so far on the penalty-kill, not allowing any goals on seven opponent power play.

Shot Attempts

Here is the breakdown in shot attempts through three games for the Ontario Reign:

All Strengths
Game Opponent Shot Attempts For Shot Attempts Against CORSI CF%
1 vs. San Diego 61 57 4 52%
2 vs. Abbotsford 77 56 21 58%
3 vs. Abbotsford 59 54 5 52%
Total 197 167 30 54%
5 on 5
Game Opponent Shot Attempts For Shot Attempts Against CORSI CF%
1 vs. San Diego 52 51 1 50%
2 vs. Abbotsford 60 49 11 55%
3 vs. Abbotsford 43 37 6 54%
Total 155 137 18 53%

Reign Drops

  • Head Coach John Wroblewski has used a different lineup so far in each game, with the only consistent line being Austin WagnerJaret Anderson-DolanAidan Dudas. I’d expect to continue to see some mixing and matching as he tries to find the right combinations.
  • Martin Frk seems to be enjoying playing alongside TJ Tynan. The Czech Republic native is second in the AHL in shots on goal (15).
  • Tyler Madden has been one of the bright spots in the early season, though it hasn’t translated to production just yet. Though he did score the tying goal late in the third period last game against Abbotsford, he’ll look to continue his strong start to the season.
  • Defenseman Jacob Moverare is tied for second on the team in assists (3) and points (3) and is continuing to show he may be more than just a defensive defenseman.
  • In the early going, it looks as if Helge Grans and Jordan Spence may be splitting some time. If that rotation continues, the Swedish defenseman will draw in tonight, though Spence has looked strong in his two games.

Puck Drop and Broadcast Info

  • Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. P.T.
  • TV: AHLTV

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