Reign Blackout the Bank Tonight for Game 5

Reign “Blackout the Bank” Tonight for Game 5 vs. Gulls

May 14, 2016
Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), battle the San Diego Gulls in Game 5 of the Pacific Division Finals tonight at 7:00 PT at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.
 
Pacific Division Finals – (best-of-seven)
Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – at Ontario 5-3 Win Box Score Highlights
Game 2 – at San Diego 2-1 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights
Game 3 – at Ontario 3-0 Loss Box Score Highlights
Game 4 – at San Diego 4-3 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights
Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00 Buy Tickets Value Pack
*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
 
Blackout the Bank:
Wear your favorite BLACK Reign or LA Kings gear and Blackout the Bank!
 
Game 1 Recap:
The Reign raced out to a 2-0 lead after one period off goals from Michael Mersch and Vincent LoVerde (power play), but the Gulls fought back early in the second period to even the contest. With momentum teetering between the two teams, Reign forward Joel Lowry pulled it back with a late second-period marker to make it 3-2. In the final frame, Mersch and defenseman Jeff Schultz (empty net, shorthanded) sealed the 5-3 victory with a pair of markers to smother a late Gulls charge. Box Score Highlights
 
Game 2 Recap:
Gulls forward Nick Ritchie struck early in the first period, but the Reign fought back and capitalized on an early third-period power play as forward Kris Newbury deflected in a shot from defenseman Vincent LoVerde. Gulls goaltender Matt Hackett kept the contest locked 1-1 with numerous saves until forward Justin Auger buried the game-winning tally at 11:55 of overtime for a 2-1 Reign victory. Box Score Highlights
 
Game 3 Recap:
After battling in a physical Game 2 the night before, the Reign and Gulls returned to Citizens Business Bank Arena for Game 3. Late in the first period, the Gulls took a 1-0 lead off a late tally from forward Kalle Kossila and forward Nick Ritchie added a power-play marker in the third period to hold the momentum in an eventual 3-0 victory. Defenseman Jacob Megna found the empty net at 16:49 and netminder Matt Hackett (29 saves) earned the shutout victory. Box Score Highlights
 
Game 4 Recap:
In a back-and-forth affair, the Gulls opened the scoring midway through the second period as defenseman Shea Theodore capitalized on the power play. In the third period, the Reign responded with tallies from Nic Dowd and Adrian Kempe (two goals), but the Gulls intervened with two markers from forward Chris Mueller to force overtime. Celebrating his 20th birthday, rookie Reign forward Mike Amadio caught the puck off the right-wing circle to send in his first professional goal at 6:29 of the extra skate to claim the victory. Box Score Highlights
 
Birthday Boys:
Reign defenseman Nick Ebert celebrated his 22nd birthday on May 11, Amadio’s 20th last night and forward Justin Auger celebrates his 22nd birthday TODAY!
 
Dowd Steps Up:
With a goal and two assists in Game 4, Reign forward Nic Dowd enters tonight’s contest tied for seventh in the AHL postseason scoring race and leads the team with eight points (three goals, five assists).
 
Kempe Bursts Through:
Reign forward Adrian Kempe registered his second two-goal game in the AHL postseason in Game 4 vs. San Diego. The other contest came back on April 28 in Game 3 vs. San Jose.
 
Ritchie and Muller have the Gulls’ Hot Hand:
Gulls forward Chris Mueller enters tonight’s contest on a six-game point streak (three goals, seven assists) and forward Nick Ritchie has five goals and two assists for seven points in his last eight games. 
 
Rivalry Renewed:
Over 12 heated regular-season meetings, the Reign went 4-6-1-1 against the Gulls. 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 with one goal and seven assists each. 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 Division 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.
 
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2015-16 Postseason Records
Ontario: 6-2, 3-1 in series
San Diego: 4-4, 1-3 in series
 
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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