Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), host the San Diego Gulls tonight at 6:00 at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Military Appreciation Night presented by the Bob Hope USO and the Ontario International Airport Authority. Tonight is the 10 of 12 regular-season meetings between the two teams.
Reign Clinch Playoff Berth:
With a 4-0 victory over the Gulls last night in San Diego and a Bakersfield Condors loss in San Antonio, the Reign clinched a berth in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season. Playoff ticket priority sign up is underway NOW!
Military Appreciation Night:
Say "Thank You" to those who serve and support the USO alongside the Ontario International Airport Authority and the Ontario Reign on Military Appreciation Night tonight. The Reign will be wearing special camo jerseys and hosting a postgame jersey auction to benefit the Bob Hope USO. Buy Tickets
The Reign are 5-3-1-0 against the Gulls this season and hold an 9-9-2-1 all-time record. All time, the Reign are 3-4-2-1 against the Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign’s 4-0 victory over the Gulls last night was the second largest margin of victory in team history. The Reign blanked the Gulls 5-0 on January 15, 2016. Goalie Peter Budaj made 27 saves for the shutout and former Reign and current Gulls forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas had two goals.
Leading the Way:
Reign forward Jonny Brodzinski, who is currently up with the Kings, leads the head-to-head series with eight points (three goals, five assists) and Reign forward T.J. Hensick leads all skaters in the series with four goals. Reign forward Sean Backman (one goal, five assists) and Hensick (four goals, two assists) are tied among active skaters for the series lead with six points (one goal, five assists).
Reign Vets Continue to Shine:
Veteran Reign forwards T.J. Hensick and Teddy Purcell continue to provide a scoring touch. Purcell registered two assists last night in the 4-0 win at San Diego and has two goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games. Hensick picked up an assist last night and has three goals and seven assists in his last 11 games.
Gulls forward Kalle Kossila is currently tied for fourth among AHL rookies with 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists). Forward Corey Tropp is tied for 15 in the AHL with 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists).
Listen Live: OntarioReign.com
The Ontario Reign return to the road to battle the Stockton Heat on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Stockton Arena. Catch all the action LIVE at OntarioReign.com and Reign Radio on TuneIn!
Celebrate the 2016-17 season and push the Reign into the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs on Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, April 14 against the San Diego Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Friday is $2 Bud Light Friday! The first 9,000 fans receive a Smart Solar Power clapper! Be sure to purchase your Jersey Off Their Back raffle ticket benefiting the Hope Reigns Foundation for a chance to win a game-worn jersey from your favorite player right after the game!
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Ontario: 34-20-10-0, 78 points (3rd, Pacific Division)
San Diego: 40-19-3-2, 85 points (2nd, Pacific Division)
2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Pacific)
Oct. 15 Ontario at San Diego 2-0 Win Recap
Nov. 27 San Diego at Ontario 4-3 Loss Recap
Dec. 13 Ontario at San Diego 3-2 Win Recap
Dec. 27 Ontario at San Diego 2-1 Overtime Win Recap
Jan. 22 San Diego at Ontario 3-2 Shootout Win Recap
Feb. 3 San Diego at Ontario 4-3 Overtime Loss Recap
Feb. 4 Ontario at San Diego 2-0 Loss Recap
Feb. 10 San Diego at Ontario 4-1 Loss Recap
Apr. 7 Ontario at San Diego 4-0 Win Recap
Apr. 8 San Diego at Ontario 6:00 pm
Apr. 14 San Diego at Ontario 7:00 pm
Apr. 15 Ontario at San Diego 7:00 pm
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, All-Time
Ontario: Mike Stothers (3rd season with LA Kings affiliate, 2nd with Ontario)
San Diego: Dallas Eakins (2nd year with Anaheim Ducks affiliate, 2nd with San Diego)
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
San Diego: Anaheim Ducks