Ontario Reign Open Five-Game Road Trip Today in TucsonDec 3, 2017
Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), visit the Tucson Roadrunners today at 3:05 PT at Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona. Today is the first of eight meetings between the two clubs.
The Reign and Roadrunners met in preseason action on September 29 with the Reign prevailing 5-3. Recap
The Roadrunners celebrated their first season in the AHL and in the Pacific Division last season. Over 12 meetings, the Reign went 5-5-2-0 against their new division rivals. Forward Jonny Brodzinski, now with the Kings, led the Reign against the Roadrunners with 10 points (six goals, four assists). Goalie Jack Campbell went 5-2-1 in eight appearances against Tucson with a 1.88 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Start a New Streak:
On Friday, the Reign saw a season-high four-game winning streak come to a close in a 3-2 setback to the San Diego Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Area. Heading into today’s contest, the Reign are 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games. Forward Andrew Crescenzi saw a five-game point streak come to a close (three goals, four assists).
Good Challenge Today:
The Roadrunner currently lead the Pacific Division with a 10-3-2-1 record and are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Long Road Ahead:
Today’s contest starts a five-game road trip for the Reign, tying a season-long mark. The Reign will also be away from Citizens Business Bank Arena for five games January 17-27.
Home Ice Advantage for Roadrunners:
The Roadrunners are 7-2-1-0 on home ice so far this season compared to 3-1-1-1 on the road.
Not Murky for Merkley:
Roadrunners rookie Nike Merkley currently has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and is third among first-year players. His 11 tallies are second among rookies so far.
Capobianco Holds the Line:
Roadrunners rookie defenseman Kyle Capobianco is tied for 13 among AHL blueliners with 13 points (one goal, 12 assists).
The Ontario Reign continue a five-game road trip Tuesday, December 5 against the Roadrunners at 6:00 and move on to battle the Texas Stars (Dec. 9, 13) and San Antonio Rampage (Dec. 10). Follow along on Twitter at Twitter.com/OntarioReign.
The Reign return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday, December 15 against the Stockton Heat at 7:00 for Throwback Night. Join Kinston and familiar friends, Blaze and the Dark Knight! The Reign will be wearing special throwback jerseys and hosting a silent jersey auction! Friday is also $2 Bud Light Friday! Pick up a Reign Power Play Pack and receive a ticket, hot dog and soda starting at $25 with NO FEES at OntarioReign.com!
2017-18 Regular-Season Records:
Ontario: 8-8-0-1, 17 points (5th, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 10-3-2-1, 23 points (1st, Pacific Division)
2017-18 Head-to-Head Schedule:
Dec. 3 Ontario at Tucson 4:05 pm MST
Dec. 5 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Dec. 16 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Dec. 31 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Jan. 5 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Jan. 6 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Jan. 12 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Feb. 2 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
2016-17 Regular-Season Records
Ontario: 36-21-10-1, 83 points (3rd, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 29-31-8-0, 66 points (6th, Pacific Division)
Ontario vs. Tucson, All-Time and 2016-17 Season
Ontario: Mike Stothers (4th season with LA Kings affiliate, 3rd with Ontario)
Tucson: Mike Van Ryn (1st year with Arizona affiliate, 1st with Tucson)
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
Tucson: Arizona Coyotes