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TWTW: Reign Split a Pair

Nov 16, 2015

The Week That Was…

The Ontario Reign crossed paths with the San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors last week, grabbing a week record of 1-1-0-0 and sent their over standing to 8-2-2-0.

On Wednesday, Veterans Day, the Reign celebrated Military Appreciation Night presented by Ontario International Airport benefiting Bob Hope USO Ontario in front of a rowdy crowd of 7,424 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid recorded his first professional goal and forwardSean Backman buried the game-winning tally to send the Reign over the Barracuda 2-1 and push their winning streak to three contests. Goalie Peter Budaj earned his league-leading eighth win of the season making 16 saves.

The Condors denied the Reign their fourth-straight victory with a 3-0 decision on Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California. Forward Michael Mersch led the team with five shots on goal and netminder Ray Emery suffered the loss making 22 saves.

The Numbers

  • Record: 8-2-2-0 (2nd Place, Pacific Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
  • Home: 4-0-2-0
  • Away: 4-2-0-0
  • Last 10 Games: 6-2-2-0
  • Streak: 0-1-0-0
  • Goals: Michael Mersch (6) 
  • Assists: Sean Backman (9)
  • Points: Sean Backman (11)
  • Penalty Minutes: Ryan Horvat (37)
  • Power-Play Goals: Adrian Kempe (3)
  • Power-Play Assists: Sean Backman (5)
  • Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (6)
  • Shorthanded Goals: N/A
  • Shorthanded Assists: N/A
  • Shorthanded Points: N/A
  • Game-Winning Goals: Valentin Zykov, Sean Backman (2)
  • Wins: Peter Budaj (8)                          
  • GAA: Peter Budaj (1.28)                    
  • SPCT: Peter Budaj (.947)

League Leaders:

  • Forward Sean Backman is tied for sixth in the American Hockey League with five power-play assists.
  • Forward Ryan Horvat is tied for the league lead with five major penalties.
  • Forward Michael Mersch leads the AHL with 60 shots.
  • Goaltender Peter Budaj is first in the league with a 1.28 goals-against average (GAA), .947 save percentage and four shutouts and tied for first with eight wins. He currently stands fifth in the league with 607:48 minutes played.
  • Forward Valentin Zykov is tied for first among AHL rookies with two game-winning goals.
  • Forward Adrian Kempe is tied for 19th among first-year players with eight points (four goals, four assists).

Advocare Weekly Champion:

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