Opening Weekend Continues Tonight vs. San Jose

Opening Weekend Celebration Continues Tonight vs. San Jose

Oct 22, 2016

Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), take on the San Jose Barracuda tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Tonight is the first of eight regular-season meetings between the two teams.

Opening Weekend Celebration:

After a wild 6-5 overtime victory over the Texas Stars last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the Reign continue their Opening Weekend Celebration tonight. The first 5,000 fans receive a Kingston schedule poster. Bring new or gently used children’s books for the Hope Reigns Foundation Book Drive and a chance to win signed Reign memorabilia! Buy Tickets Watch Highlights of OT Win

Rivalry Renewed:

Last season, the Reign went 9-3-0-0 against the Barracuda and defeated their Pacific Division rivals in the Pacific Division Semifinals of the Calder Cup Playoffs (3-1 in best-of-five). Forward Sean Backman led the Reign against the Barracuda with four goals and seven assists for 11 points.

Backman Hits Milestone:

Reign forward Sean Backman skated in his 350 AHL game last night against the Texas Stars. Over the 350, the White Plains, New York, native has 68 goals and 99 assists for 167 points.

Mersch Turns 50:

Forward Michael Mersch scored his 50 AHL goal last night against the Stars and is four points away from 100 in his pro career (51 goals, 45 assists).

Milestone Watch:

Forward T.J. Hensick is two games away from 650 in his pro career and forward Michael Latta is two games from 300 professional contests.

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Game Notes

The Ontario Reign open a five-game road trip on Friday, October 28 against the Texas Stars at 5:30 p.m. PT at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. The journey goes through Cedar Park (October 28-29), San Antonio (October 30) and Tucson, Arizona (November 4-5) before returning home to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday, November 9 to host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 p.m. PT.

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2016-17 Records

Ontario: 2-0-0-0, 4 points (1st, Pacific Division)

San Jose: 0-1-0-0, 0 points (7th, Pacific Division)

2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Pacific)

Oct. 22 San Jose at Ontario 6:00 pm

Nov. 26 San Jose at Ontario 6:00 pm

Dec. 18 Ontario at San Jose 3:00 pm

Jan. 13 Ontario at San Jose 7:00 pm

Jan. 21 San Jose at Ontario 6:00 pm

Feb. 12 Ontario at San Jose 5:00 pm

Feb. 18 San Jose at Ontario 6:00 pm

Apr. 5 Ontario at San Jose 7:00 pm

Ontario vs. San Jose, All-Time & 2015-16 Head-to-Head Record

9-3-0-0

2015-2016 Records
Ontario: 44-19-4-1, 93 points, .684 winning percentage (1st place, Pacific Division)
San Jose: 31-26-8-3, 73 points, .537 winning percentage (4th place, Pacific Division)

Head Coaches
Ontario: Mike Stothers (3rd season with LA Kings affiliate, 2nd with Ontario)

San Jose: Roy Sommer (2nd season with San Jose, 19th season with San Jose Sharks top affiliate)

NHL Affiliate
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
San Jose: San Jose Sharks

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