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Reign and Gulls Open Pacific Division Finals Tonight in Ontario

May 5, 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 Diego Gulls in Game 1 of the Pacific Division Finals tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Pacific Division Finals – (best-of-seven)
Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Thu., May 5 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00 Buy Tickets
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:05
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00 Buy Tickets
Game 4 – Fri., May 13 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 18 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Pacific
 
Rivalry Renewed:
Over 12 heated regular-season meetings, the Reign went 4-6-1-1 against the Gulls and 2-2-1-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Forward Adrian Kempe (five goals, two assists) and defenseman Vincent LoVerde (one goal, six assists) led the Reign with seven points against the Gulls. Gulls defenseman Brandon Montour and forward Chris Mueller led the series, each scoring one goal and seven assists. Reign goalie Peter Budaj went 4-5-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .921 save percentage while Gulls netminder Anton Khudobin went 5-2-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .929 save percentage.
 
Similar Paths to the Finals:
The Reign and Gulls reach the Pacific Division Finals after both completing their best-of-five first-round series in four contests and each suffering their only loss in Game 2 of the series. The Reign took out the San Jose Barracuda while the Gulls prevailed over the Texas Stars.
 
Stay Disciplined:
The Reign hold the lowest penalty minutes-per-contest average in the AHL playoffs at 7.75 while the Gulls have the highest, averaging 15.25 PIM/game.
 
Special Teams Play a Role:
The Reign penalty kill is tied for first in the AHL postseason (with Albany) at 100.0% (9-for-9) while the San Diego power play is tied for second, operating at 25.0% (5-for-20).
 
Nic(k) at Night:
Reign forward Nic Dowd enters tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists). Gulls forward Nick Ritchie also enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist).
 
Broadcast Central
Listen Live: OntarioReign.com
Watch Live: AHL Live
Twitter: @OntarioReign
Facebook: OntarioReign

Tonight’s Game Notes

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2015-16 Postseason Records
Ontario: 3-1
San Diego: 3-1

2015-2016 Records
Ontario: 44-19-4-1, 93 points, .684 winning percentage (1st place, Pacific Division)
San Diego: 39-23-4-2, 82 points, .618 winning percentage (2nd place, Pacific Division)

Ontario vs. San Diego, Head-to-Head in 2015-16
4-6-1-1

Ontario vs. San Diego, 2015-16 Season Schedule

Nov. 5: San Diego at Ontario 4-1 Win Box Score

Nov. 27: Ontario at San Diego 3-2 Loss Box Score

Nov. 28: San Diego at Ontario 3-1 Loss Box Score

Dec. 19: San Diego at Ontario 3-2 Shootout Loss Box Score

Dec. 26: Ontario at San Diego 4-1 Loss Box Score

Jan. 15: San Diego at Ontario 5-0 Win Box Score

Jan. 29: Ontario at San Diego 2-0 Win Box Score

Feb. 20: Ontario at San Diego 4-2 Loss Box Score

Mar. 12: San Diego at Ontario 2-1 Overtime Loss Box Score

Mar. 19: San Diego at Ontario 4-1 Loss Box Score

Apr. 15: Ontario at San Diego 4-2 Win Box Score

Apr. 16: Ontario at San Diego 3-2 Loss Box Score

Head Coaches
Ontario: Mike Stothers (2nd season with LA Kings affiliate, 1st with Ontario)
San Diego: Dallas Eakins (1st year with Anaheim Ducks affiliate, 1st with San Diego)

NHL Affiliate
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
San Diego: Anaheim Ducks

ECHL Affiliate
Ontario: Manchester Monarchs
San Diego: Utah Grizzlies

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