Forwards Adrian Kempe and Jordan Samuels-Thomas each recorded hat tricks last week as the Ontario Reign pocketed victories over the San Diego Gulls and Stockton Heat for a week record of 2-0-0-0 and improved their overall record to 7-1-2-0 to reclaim the top spot in the Pacific Division.
On Thursday, the Reign hosted the Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Arena for the first meeting of the year. Reign forward Michael Mersch opened the scoring in the first period before Kempe took over in the second frame, lighting the lamp three times to propel the Reign to a 4-1 victory. Goaltender Peter Budajpicked up the win making 20 saves.
Budaj and Samuels-Thomas took center stage Saturday night at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California with Samuels-Thomas earning his first three goals of the season and Budaj grabbing his league-leading fourth shutout with 38 saves in a 4-0 triumph over the Heat. Forward Sean Backman scored a power-play goal, his first tally of the season, and leads the Reign with six power-play points (one goal, five assists).
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