Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), host the Tucson Roadrunners tonight at 6:00 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Tonight is the 10th of 12 regular-season meetings between the two teams.
Series at a Glance:
The Reign are 4-3-2-0 against the Roadrunners this season, 3-0-0-0 at Citizens Business Bank Arena and last battled the Roadrunners on February 22, skating away with a 3-0 victory. Reign forward T.J. Hensick and defenseman Vincent LoVerde each have two goals and five assists for seven points to lead the head-to-head series.
Reign forward Michael Mersch has two goals in his last two games since returning to the lineup. Mersch missed 18 games (Jan. 7-Feb. 26) due to injury.
Brush Your Shoulders Off:
Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 28 saves last night in his first start with the Reign, guiding them to a 2-1 victory over the Stockton Heat. For Zatkoff, the start was his first since January 23 against the New York Rangers (with the Kings).
Roadrunners Turn to Leaders to Snap Skid:
The Roadrunners enter tonight’s contest on a five-game winless streak (0-4-1-0). Forward Chris Mueller is tied for sixth in the AHL with 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists) and stands third in the league in assists. Rookie forward Christian Fischer is tied for fifth among first-year players with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) and second among rookies in goals.
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The Reign attack a three-game in three-day weekend starting on Friday, March 10 against the Bakersfield Condors at 7:00 at Rabobank Arena and return home on Saturday, March 11 for Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley Night and HSSVB jerseys and jersey auction at 6:00 against the Roadrunners! The first 5,000 fans receive an Ontario Reign Dog Bowl! Buy Tickets
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Reign on Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 against the Roadrunners. The Reign will wear special green St. Patrick’s Day warmup jerseys and host a silent auction benefiting the Hope Reigns Foundation. Score a limited edition Ontario Reign Violent Gentlemen T-Shirt and ticket starting at just $35! Grab your pack at OntarioReign.com!
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Ontario: 29-15-8-0, 66 points (3rd, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 22-22-6-0, 50 points (5th, Pacific Division)
2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Local)
Nov. 4 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Loss Recap
Nov. 5 Ontario at Tucson 5-4 OT Loss Recap
Dec. 2 Tucson at Ontario 4-1 Win Recap
Dec. 7 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Overtime Win Recap
Dec. 9 Ontario at Tucson 5-4 Overtime Loss Recap
Jan. 16 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Loss Recap
Jan. 18 Ontario at Tucson 4-1 Loss Recap
Feb. 17 Tucson at Ontario 4-1 Win Recap
Feb. 22 Tucson at Ontario 3-0 Win Recap
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