The Ontario Reign visited the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage last weekend for week record of 1-1-1-0 to improve to 3-1-2-0 on the season.
After meeting the previous weekend in Ontario, California (6-5 overtime win), the Reign and Stars collided for a pair of contests Friday and Saturday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. On Friday, the Reign carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission off of goals from Michael Mersch and Justin Auger, but the Stars fought back to take a 5-4 victory. Auger netted two goals for the Reign.
In the rematch Saturday, forward Adrian Kempe buried a power-play goal in the second period and the Reign dominated the shots and scoring chances in their “best game yet.” On the back of goaltender Phil Desrosiers (34 saves), the Stars held on and slipped by in overtime, 2-1.
Sunday afternoon completed a three-game in three-day weekend as the Reign prevailed 4-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage. Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid and forward Sam Herr scored their first goals of the season in the second period and forward Sean Backman picked up two third-period tallies to seal the victory. Goaltender Jack Flinn earned his first professional win making 19 saves.
Record: 3-1-2-0 (2nd Place, Pacific Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
Last 10 Games: 3-1-2-0
Goals: Michael Mersch (3)
Assists: Jonny Brodzinski (6)
Points: Jonny Brodzinski (8)
Penalty Minutes: Michael Latta (20)
Power-Play Goals: Michael Mersch, T.J. Hensick, Patrick Bjorkstrand, Justin Auger (2)
Power-Play Assists: Jonny Brodzinski (4)
Power-Play Points: T.J. Hensick (5)
Shorthanded Goals: Vincent LoVerde (1)
Shorthanded Assists: Justin Auger (1)
Shorthanded Points: Justin Auger, Vincent LoVerde (1)
Game-Winning Goals: T.J. Hensick, Sean Backman, Jonny Brodzinski (1)
Wins: Jack Campbell* (2)
GAA: Jack Campbell* (2.48)
SPCT: Jack Campbell* (.930)
*Currently with the Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Forward Patrick Bjorkstrand is tied for first in the AHL with a 50 percent shooting percentage (two goals on four shots).
Defenseman Vincent LoVerde is tied for sixth among AHL blueliners with six points (two goals, four assists). He is also tied for first among defensemen with one shorthanded goal.
Friday, Nov. 4
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Preview: Second of 12 meetings
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San Antonio, TX – Forward Sean Backman scored two goals in the third period and goaltender Jack Flinn made 19 saves for his first professional win as the Ontario Reign (3-1-2-0) toppled the San Antonio Rampage (3-5-0-0) 4-2 at AT&T Center Sunday afternoon. Recap
Ontario, CA – Netminders Jonah Imoo and Dusty Imoo became the first father-son goaltending duo in AHL history as the Ontario Reign (2-1-1-0) suffered a suspenseful 5-4 overtime loss to the San Jose Barracuda (1-1-0-0) on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,282 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Jonah made his AHL debut after goaltender Jack Campbell was recalled from the Los Angeles Kings early this morning and provided 26 saves in the overtime loss. Recap
Cedar Park, TX – Forward Justin Auger scored two power-play goals and three other skaters netted multi-point games, but the Ontario Reign (2-1-1-0) fell to the Texas Stars (3-3-1-0) 5-4 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Friday evening. The loss marks the first-ever setback against the Stars (7-1-0-0 all-time). Recap
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