This past week wasn’t kind to the Ontario Reign as they went 0-2-1 in their three games and are currently on a four-game losing streak.
While it was a tough week for the Reign, there were some positives. Quinton Byfield scored a goal in his second game on a conditioning assignment, Alex Turcotte returned to the lineup, Martin Chromiak made his AHL debut, and Brandt Clarke was placed into the lineup as he was on a conditioning assignment as well.
Here are the three stars of the week from 11/7 to 11/13:
Stat line: Three games, one goal, two assists, three points, +1 rating, four shots on goal
Through the first nine games, Taylor Ward had been quiet. In those nine games, Ward recorded only three points. In three games this past week, Ward recorded three points and scored the game-tying goal against the San Jose Barracuda. His play seemed to be noticeable as he moved up to the first line the next two games. His three points in three games earned him the third star of the week honors.
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) November 11, 2022
The penalty kill
Stat line: 12-for-13 on the penalty kill (92.3%)
The penalty kill last season was a weak spot for the Reign. So far, early this season, it has been much better and is currently tied for 5th in the AHL at 85.4%. This past week the Reign penalty kill went 12-for-13, including killing off two 5-on-3 power plays. The penalty kill has been consistent and continues to improve as the season progresses. The penalty kill going 12-for-13 was good enough for the second star of the week honors.
Stat line: Three games, zero goals, two assists, two points, -4 rating, ten shots on goal
Do not let the +/- rating fool you when it comes to the week Jordan Spence had. His play was still good. Spence added two more assists and is now 4th in the AHL in assists by a defenseman with 12. Being on the top defense pair, Spence will continue to draw the matchups against the other team’s best players. Spence continues to impress offensively, and while there wasn’t much offense for the Reign this past week, Spence was one of the few bright spots that stood out. His play earned him the first star of the week honors.
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