Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), square off against the Tucson Roadrunners at 7:05 p.m. PT at Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona. Tonight is the first of 12 regular-season meetings between the two teams.
Scouting the Roadrunners:
Tonight’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between the Reign and Roadrunners. On Monday, defenseman Kyle Wood was named the AHL Rookie of the Month after grabbing eight points (two goals, six assists) in the Roadrunners’ first five games and is currently tied for first among AHL defensemen with nine points (two goals, seven assists).
Moving Coast to Coast:
Similar to the LA Kings’ movement of their AHL club from Manchester, New Hampshire to Ontario, California, the Arizona Coyotes relocated their AHL affiliate from Springfield, Massachusetts to Tucson, Arizona last May. Full Story
Establishing a Rivalry:
The Ontario Reign and Tucson Roadrunners will meet 12 times in the regular season (six home, six away), tying a season high in head-to-head matchups with the San Diego Gulls.
Yesterday afternoon, the Reign announced that defenseman Kevin Gravel had been recalled to the Kings. The Reign also announced that goaltender Troy Redmann had been released from his professional tryout agreement.
Special Teams Battle:
The Ontario Reign power play continues to lead the AHL and heads into tonight’s game at 44.0 percent (11 goals on 25 advantages). Tucson currently holds the second best penalty kill at 90.3 percent (three goals against on 31 advantages). Tonight marks the second consecutive game the Reign face the #2 PK in the AHL after taking on San Antonio last Sunday at 91.1 percent (two goals against on 38 advantages) and finishing the game 1-for-3 on the power play.
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The Ontario Reign wrap up a season-high five-game road trip tomorrow, Saturday, November 5 against the Tucson Roadrunners at 7:05 p.m. in Tucson, Arizona. The Reign return home to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday, November 9 to host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 p.m. PT. Buy Tickets
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Ontario: 3-1-2-0, 6 points (2nd, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 4-1-1-0, 9 points (1st, Pacific Division)
2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Local)
Nov. 4 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Nov. 5 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Dec. 2 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Dec. 7 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Dec. 9 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Jan. 16 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Jan. 18 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Feb. 17 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Feb. 22 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Mar. 4 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Mar. 11 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Mar. 12 Tucson at Ontario 3:00 pm PDT
Ontario vs. Tucson, All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Ontario: 44-19-4-1, 93 points, .684 winning percentage (1st place, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 26-42-3-5, 60 points, .395 winning percentage (7th place, Atlantic Division) – as Springfield Falcons
Ontario: Mike Stothers (3rd season with LA Kings affiliate, 2nd with Ontario)
Tucson: Mark Lamb (1st season with Tucson)
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
Tucson: Arizona Coyotes