In their final postseason tune-up, the Ontario Reign fell to the Silver Knights 4-0 despite peppering Henderson goaltender Jiri Patera.
In their final regular-season game, the Ontario Reign dropped 44 shots on goal against Henderson but were shut out for just the second time this season.
11:46 HEN- Gage Quinney (12)
1. Historic American Hockey League Power Play
Despite going 0-for-3 on the night, the Reign finished the regular season with the best power play percentage in American Hockey League history. Ontario had converted at 27.5% on the power play, topping the previous record of 26.8% by the Springfield Indians in the 1993-94 season. Martin Frk led Ontario with 15 power play goals, followed by Jaret Anderson Dolan with 12, Samuel Fagemo with nine, Gabe Vilardi with eight, and Akil Thomas with six. 17 different Reign players scored with the man advantage. Ontario’s power play has been a formidable weapon all year, and it’s probably fair to say that it will play a factor if the Reign has a successful Calder Cup run.
2. Return of Alex Turcotte
The former fifth-overall pick from the 2019 draft, Alex Turcotte, returned to action on Saturday, playing his first game since February. He brought speed, and an aggressive forecheck for most of the night, and his return to the line-up was generally impactful. Having a healthy Turcotte for the playoff run makes an already deep Ontario roster even deeper.
3. TJ Tynan
The 30-year-old center came into the game with a chance to hit the century mark in points. Unfortunately, Henderson goalie Jiri Patera stopped all 44 shots he faced on the night. However, T.J. Tynan still finished the year with an outstanding 14 goals and 84 assists for 98 points. Tynan’s 1.58 points-per-game average was tops in the AHL this season, and it’s just another metric that bolsters his case to repeat as AHL MVP. Whether he wins the award or not, there is no denying that Tynan does so much to drive Ontario’s play, and any future playoff success will probably have a lot to do with him.
Next Up: AHL Calder Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 1: Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls, May 4th, 7:00 pm PT, Toyota Arena.
(Main photo credit: Ontario Reign)