The Ontario Reign will try for their third-straight win tonight as they welcome rivals the San Diego Gulls to Toyota Arena.

The Ontario Reign wrap up their early-season homestand against the San Diego Gulls on Saturday night. The Reign are coming off a 3-2 win last night against the Bakersfield Condors, improving to 3-0-0-1. The Gulls were beaten 6-2 by the Stockton Heat on Friday, falling to 0-2 on the season. This is the second meeting between the two teams, with Ontario winning the first one 5-2.

Top Scorers

TJ Tynan leads the Reign in assists (5) and points (5), last night was the first game he was held off the scoresheet. Martin Frk leads Ontario in goals with three.

Matt Villalta has started two of the four games for the Reign. He is 2-0 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Jacob Ingham stopped 27-of-29 shots in regulation but lost in a shootout in the only game he’s played so far. Garret Sparks started in last night’s win, stopping 35 of 37 shots.

For San Diego, Jacob Perrault and Brogan Rafferty lead the team with two points, each with a goal and an assist.

In net, Olle Eriksson Ek started opening night against the Reign, allowing four goals on 31 shots. Lukas Dostal started last night, giving up six goals on 34 shots.

Special Teams

Ontario is 5-for-20 on the power-play (20%); Martin Frk leads the team with two power-play goals. The Reign have killed off 12-of-16 on the penalty-kill (75%).

San Diego is 3-for-8 (37.5%) on the power-play in their two games. Each of Perrault and Rafferty’s goals has come with the man-advantage; Alex Limoges has a power-play tally as well. The Gulls have killed off 6-of-9 penalties (66.7%) so far.

Shot Attempts

Here is the breakdown in shot attempts through four 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%
4 vs. Bakersfield 56 66 -10 46%
Total 253 233 20 52%
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%
4 vs. Bakersfield 24 48 -24 33%
Total 179 185 -6 49%

Reign Drops

  • Austin Strand has played in all four games for the Reign, and he scored the eventual game-winning goal last night, but he will be in Los Angeles as he was called up to take Drew Doughty’s place on the roster. Helge Grans could be back in tonight.
  • Alex Turcotte is now up to four points on the season (one goal, three assists) after last night’s three-assist night.
  • Kale Clague is also up to four points this season. His two assists last night give him four in four games. Clague now leads all Reign defensemen in points and is one of four blueliners with multiple points on the young season.
  • Austin Wagner has played well since being sent down. He not only picked up a goal last night but had a big block in the final seconds to help preserve the win.
  • Unsurprisingly, the last game between these two teams got a little chippy at the end after Sam Carrick high-sticked Aidan Dudas. We’ll see if there’s any carryover in this one.
  • Ontario will have six days off after this one, their next game will be on Friday, October 29th away to Abbotsford.

Puck Drop and Broadcast Info

  • Saturday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. P.T.
  • TV: AHLTV

2 thoughts

  1. The Reign is off to a great start. Smothering defense, 3 quality goaltenders, 3 strong lines and toughness. Helge Grans is so impressive everytime he plays, takes the proper angles, quick stick and good hockey instincts. Fun watching this team in person. Incredible how awesome it is to start 4-0-0-1.

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