TWTW: Reign Start Season with 5-Game Win Streak

Oct 26, 2015

The Week That Was...

The Ontario Reign pushed their season-opening winning streak to five contests and celebrated Opening Weekend at Citizens Business Bank Arena with a pair of wins over the Bakersfield Condors and San Jose Barracuda for a week record of 2-0-0-0 and an overall record of 5-0-0-0.

In front of a sellout crowd of 9,491 on Friday night, the Reign erased a 3-0 Condors lead with four goals in two minutes and 42 seconds and cruised to a 5-4 victory in the first AHL game in Inland Empire history. Forward Valentin Zykov netted two goals and forward Kris Newbury added a goal and an assist.

On Saturday, goaltender Peter Budaj grabbed his third shutout of the season making 24 saves in a 3-0 triumph over San Jose. Forwards Andrew Crescenzi, Adrian Kempe and Michael Mersch buried goals and forward Sean Backman sent his assist streak to five games (six assists).

The Numbers:

  • Record: 5-0-0-0 (1st Pacific Division, 1st Western Conference)
  • Home: 2-0-0-0
  • Away: 3-0-0-0
  • Last 10 Games: 5-0-0-0
  • Streak: 5-0-0-0
  • Goals: Michael Mersch (4) 
  • Assists: Sean Backman (6)
  • Points: Kris Newbury, Sean Backman (6)
  • Penalty Minutes: Ryan Horvat (17)
  • Power-Play Goals: Kris Newbury, Valentin Zykov, Adrian Kempe, Kevin Gravel (1)
  • Power-Play Assists: Sean Backman (4)
  • Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (4)
  • Shorthanded Goals: N/A
  • Shorthanded Assists: N/A
  • Shorthanded Points: N/A
  • Game-Winning Goals: Valentin Zykov (2)
  • Wins: Peter Budaj (5)                          
  • GAA: Peter Budaj (0.98)                    
  • SPCT: Peter Budaj (.955)

League Leaders:

  • Forward Ryan Horvat leads the AHL with three major penalties.
  • Forward Michael Mersch is third in the AHL with 26 shots.
  • Goaltender Peter Budaj is second in the league with a 0.98 goals-against average (GAA), third with a .955 save percentage and first with three shutouts and five wins.
  • Forward Valentin Zykov is tied for first among AHL rookies with two game-winning goals.

Advocare Weekly Champion: 

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Goaltender Peter Budaj

  • Two Games Played
  • Two Wins
  • One Shutout
  • Second in the AHL in GAA
  • First in Wins (5) and Shutouts (3)
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