The Ontario Reign stayed hot in January with a 7-1 win over San Jose and are now 8-0-1-1 in their last ten contests.
ONT: #15 Austin Wagner (8) ASST: #47 Aidan Dudas (7), #86 Christian Wolanin (6)
ONT: #3 Helge Grans (4) ASST: #27 Tyler Madden (10), #86 Christian Wolanin (7)
ONT: #42 Gabriel Vilardi (10) ASST: #17 T.J. Tynan (36), #21 Jordan Spence (21)
ONT: #11 Samuel Fagemo (11) ASST: #39 Alex Turcotte (8)
Shots on goal:
Three Takeaways from Thursday’s win:
Starting On Time:
As far as randomly generated hockey coach cliches go, “starting on time” is right at the top. Nobody really knows what it means, but Martin Frk scored at 1:05 of the 1st period, and Gabriel Vilardi lit the lamp just 54 seconds later. This would probably meet any coach’s definition of starting on time.
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 28, 2022
Penalty Kill Turnaround:
The Reign currently own the AHL’s worst penalty kill percentage at 74.4%. Ouch. Imagine where they might be sitting in the Pacific Division if they could improve in this area?
Well, guess what?
They have successfully killed off their last seven penalties and will hopefully continue this trend when they face the first-place Stockton Heat on Saturday.
Spreading The Wealth:
The Ontario Reign have one of the most explosive offensives in the AHL, and they showed it again in this one. They got goals from 6 different players, including one from defenseman Helge Grans. A pretty famous coach in Southern California once opined that the NHL was a “3-2 league”.
This may not be the NHL, but hitting the 3-goal mark for the Reign this season has been about as close to a sure thing as there is. In fact, when the Reign score three or more goals this year, they are an impressive 21-2-3.
Next up: @ Stockton Heat, January 29th, 6:00 pm PT, Stockton Arena