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TWTW: Reign Pick Up Two Big Wins

Jan 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.

The Numbers

  • 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

League Leaders:

  • 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.
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