The Ontario Reign closed 2015 and welcomed 2016 last week with tilts against the Stockton Heat and Charlotte Checkers for a week record of 1-3-0-0, saw their overall record update to 17-8-2-1 and sit atop the Pacific Division.
The week started with a home-and-home series with the Heat on Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. Forward Jonny Brodzinski scored both goals and netminder Peter Budaj made a season-high 39 saves to help the Reign to a 2-1 victory.
On New Year’s Eve, defenseman Vincent LoVerde netted the lone Reign goal in a 4-1 setback. The Checkers rolled into Citizens Business Bank Arena as the hottest team in the American Hockey League and skated away with 4-2 and 2-0 wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Defenseman Jeff Schultz scored his first goal of the season on Saturday and appeared in his 600th professional game on Sunday.
*Mersch is recalled to the Los Angeles Kings
*Kempe is with Sweden for the World Junior Championships