TWTW: Houser Wins in Debut, Reign Lead Pacific

Jan 19, 2016

The Week That Was…

The Ontario Reign welcomed the San Diego Gulls, Bakersfield Condors and Texas Starts to Citizens Business Bank Arena last weekend for a three-game in three-day set and skated away with a week record of 2-1-0-0 and improved their overall record to 21-10-2-1.

After a quiet week of practice, the Reign took on the Gulls Friday evening, flying to a 5-0 victory behind a goal and two assists from Vincent LoVerde, two tallies for Jordan Samuels-Thomas and 27 saves from Peter Budaj.

For Budaj, the shutout was his AHL-leading fifth of the season.

On Saturday, the Condors rolled into the Inland Empire and took off with a 4-2 win. Nic Dowd scored both goals for Ontario.

Goaltender Michael Houser made his season debut Sunday afternoon and Andrew Crescenzi buried the game-winning goal with 23 seconds left in the game to push the Reign to a 2-1 comeback victory over the Stars.

The Numbers

  • Record: 21-10-2-1 (1st Place, Pacific Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
  • Home: 12-5-2-1
  • Away: 9-5-0-0
  • Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0
  • Streak: 1-0-0-0
  • Goals: Michael Mersch (12) 
  • Assists: Sean Backman (22)
  • Points: Sean Backman (29)
  • 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, Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1)
  • Shorthanded Assists: Four players with one assist
  • Shorthanded Points: Sean Backman (2)
  • Game-Winning Goals: Sean Backman (4)
  • Wins: Peter Budaj (19)                          
  • GAA: Peter Budaj (1.73)                    
  • SPCT: Peter Budaj (.930)

League Leaders:

  • Forward Ryan Horvat is tied for fourth in the AHL with nine major penalties.
  • Goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with a 1.73 goals-against average, five shutouts and 1804 minutes played, tied for first with 19 wins, stands third with a .930 save percentage and fifth with 688 saves.
  • Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid is tied for fourth among rookies with 66 penalty minutes.
  • Defenseman Vince LoVerde is tied for fourth among blueliners with 20 minor penalties.
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