Reign Open Western Conference Finals Tonight in Ontario

Reign Open Western Conference Finals Tonight in Ontario

May 21, 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 Lake Erie Monsters in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tonight at 8:00 PT at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
 
Western Conference Finals – (best-of-seven)
Game 1 – Sat., May 21 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 8:00 p.m. PT Buy Tickets Value Packs
Game 2 – Sun., May 22 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 7:00 p.m. PT Buy Tickets Value Packs
Game 3 – Tue., May 24 – Ontario at Lake Erie, 4:00 p.m. PT
Game 4 – Thu., May 26 – Ontario at Lake Erie, 4:00 p.m. PT
*Game 5 – Sat., May 28 – Ontario at Lake Erie, 9:00 a.m. PT
*Game 6 – Tue., May 31 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 7:00 p.m. PT
*Game 7 – Wed., June 1 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 7:00 p.m. PT

*if necessary
 
Road to Western Conference Finals:
The Reign and Monsters enter the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their histories. The Reign defeated the San Jose Barracuda, three games to one, in the best-of-five opening round while the Monsters swept the Rockford IceHogs. In the Pacific Division Finals, the Reign wiped out the San Diego Gulls, 4-1, and in the Central Division Finals, the Monsters raced out to 3-0 series lead over the Grand Rapids Griffins before prevailing in six games.
 
Special Teams Battle:
The Monsters lead the Calder Cup Playoffs on the power play at 28.6 percent (10 goals on 35 chances) and are tied for the league lead (Toronto) with 10 power-play goals. Forward Alex Broadhurst leads the team with five power-play points (two goals, three assists) and is second on the team in overall points (two goals, seven assists).
 
Ontario’s penalty kill remains on top of the playoff standings at 93.1 percent, allowing only two power play goals (Game 3 & 4 vs. San Diego) on 29 chances.
 
Offensive Firepower:
Forward Nic Dowd leads the Reign’s postseason push with three goals and five assists for eight points while forward Adrian Kempe has lit the goal lamp a team-leading four times. Dowd started the postseason with a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists) and contributed a goal and two assists in Game 4 at San Diego to spark a 4-3 comeback overtime win. Forward Justin Auger leads the AHL postseason with three-game winning goals including both series-winning markers (Game 4 vs. San Jose, Game 5 vs. San Diego).

With the series-winning tally in overtime in Game 6 at Grand Rapids and an assist, rookie defenseman Zach Werenski took over the Monsters’ postseason scoring lead with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Werenski enters the series vs. Ontario on a five-game point streak (two goals, five assists). Forward Josh Anderson leads the Monsters with five goals in the playoffs including a hat trick and four-point performance in Game 2 against the IceHogs in the opening round.
 
Stingy Reign Defense vs. High-Flying Monsters:
The Reign lead the AHL postseason with a 1.89 goals-against average while the Monsters jump in with the best offense, averaging 3.67 goals per game. Both teams take offensive chances, as the Reign sit second with a 35.11 shots-per-game average and the Monsters are in third at 32.56.
 
Through nine games, the Reign have limited their opponents to a league-leading 21.67 shots-against-per-game while Lake Erie stands ninth at 30.44.
 
Team History:
The Ontario Reign finished their first AHL season in the Inland Empire after the LA Kings’ AHL affiliate moved from Manchester, New Hampshire last summer. With the Reign’s appearance in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Kings’ top affiliate has now reached the postseason the last seven straight seasons and 13 times in the last 14 years.
 
The Monsters completed their ninth season of AHL hockey in Cleveland, Ohio and their first as the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL). Over the previous eight seasons, the organization served as the primary affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche (now affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage). The 2016 Calder Cup playoffs marks the second time in nine seasons that the Monsters have made the postseason and the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
 
Broadcast Central
Watch Live: AHL Live
Twitter: @OntarioReign
Facebook: OntarioReign
 
 
2016 Calder Cup Playoff tickets are ON SALE NOW! Grab your favorite seats for all the hard-hitting postseason action as the Reign chase a Calder Cup Championship! Black out the Bank for Game 2 tomorrow, Sunday, May 22 at 7:00 Wear your favorite black Reign or LA Kings gear! Buy Tickets
 
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2015-16 Postseason Records
Ontario: 7-2
Lake Erie: 7-2
 
2015-2016 Records
Ontario: 44-19-4-1, 93 points, .684 winning percentage (1st place, Pacific Division)
Lake Erie: 43-22-6-5, 97 points, .638 winning percentage (2nd place, Central Division)

Head Coaches
Ontario: Mike Stothers (2nd season with LA Kings affiliate, 1st with Ontario)
Lake Erie: Jared Bednar (2nd year with Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate, 1st with Lake Erie)
 
NHL Affiliate
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
Lake Erie: Columbus Blue Jackets
 
ECHL Affiliate
Ontario: Manchester Monarchs
Lake Erie: Kalamazoo Wings
 
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