TWTW: Reign Pick Up Two Big WinsJan 11, 2016
The Week That Was…
The Ontario Reign took on the Texas Stars, Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors last week for a week record of 2-1-0-0 and improved their overall record to 19-9-2-1 and remain on top of the Pacific Division.
The Reign kick started the week by snapping a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season, with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Stars Tuesday evening at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Justin Auger buried both goals during regulation time and setup Kevin Gravel for the game-winning marker 1:37 into the extra session.
The momentum traveled into Friday’s tilt against the Heat as Sean Backman and Nic Dowd each scored a goal and two assists, while Adrian Kempe and Gravel each pitched in a goal and an assist in a 6-1 triumph. The goals came to a halt in Bakersfield Saturday night as the Condors walked away with a 4-0 victory.
- Record: 19-9-2-1 (1st Place, Pacific Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
- Home: 10-4-2-1
- Away: 9-5-0-0
- Last 10 Games: 4-5-0-1
- Streak: 0-1-0-0
- Goals: Michael Mersch* (12)
- Assists: Sean Backman (19)
- Points: Sean Backman (26)
- Penalty Minutes: Kurtis MacDermid (66)
- Power-Play Goals: Michael Mersch*, Adrian Kempe (4)
- Power-Play Assists: Sean Backman (9)
- Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (12)
- Shorthanded Goals: Sean Backman, Andrew Crescenzi (1)
- Shorthanded Assists: Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Ryan Horvat (1)
- Shorthanded Points: Sean Backman, Andrew Crescenzi, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Ryan Horvat (1)
- Game-Winning Goals: Sean Backman (4)
- Wins: Peter Budaj (18)
- GAA: Peter Budaj (1.74)
- SPCT: Peter Budaj (.928)
*Mersch is recalled to the Los Angeles Kings
- Forward Ryan Horvat is tied for second in the AHL with nine major penalties.
- Goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with a 1.74 goals-against average, 18 wins and 1684:49 minutes played, is tied for first with four shutouts, stands third with a .928 save percentage and fifth with 636 saves.
- Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid is third among rookies with 66 penalty minutes.
- Defenseman Vince LoVerde is third among blueliners with 20 minor penalties.