The Ontario Reign hosted the Manitoba Moose and took on the San Jose Barracuda in a home-and-home series last week for a week record of 3-0-0-0, improving their overall record to 24-10-2-1 to hold the top position in the Pacific Division. Ontario is currently riding a four-game win streak.
The Reign and Moose collided on Wednesday night for this first time since early October at Citizens Business Bank and skated away with a 4-1 victory. Michael Mersch recorded a goal and two assists and Peter Budaj registered his 200th professional win.
On Friday, the Barracuda rolled into the Inland Empire and carried a 2-0 lead heading into the third period before 2016 AHL All-Star Classic members Vincent LoVerde buried an early-period marker and Sean Backman tallied the game-tying goal with 1:32 left in the frame. Just 28 seconds into overtime, Nic Dowd buried the game-winning tally to complete the Reign comeback.
The two teams moved to SAP Center in San Jose Saturday with the Reign completing the weekend sweep with a 2-1 win. Kurtis MacDermid lit the goal lamp in his first game back from a 12-game suspension and Backman netted the game-winning marker.