TWTW: Reign Stumble Ringing in New Year, Remain in First PlaceJan 4, 2016
The Week That Was…
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.
- Record: 17-8-2-1 (1st Place, Pacific Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
- Home: 8-4-2-1
- Away: 9-4-0-0
- Last 10 Games: 5-4-0-1
- Streak: 0-3-0-0
- Goals: Michael Mersch* (12)
- Assists: Sean Backman (17)
- Points: Sean Backman (23)
- Penalty Minutes: Kurtis MacDermid (66)
- Power-Play Goals: Michael Mersch*, Adrian Kempe* (4)
- Power-Play Assists: Sean Backman (8)
- Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (11)
- Shorthanded Goals: N/A
- Shorthanded Assists: N/A
- Shorthanded Points: N/A
- Game-Winning Goals: Sean Backman (4)
- Wins: Peter Budaj (16)
- GAA: Peter Budaj (1.68)
- SPCT: Peter Budaj (.930)
*Mersch is recalled to the Los Angeles Kings
*Kempe is with Sweden for the World Junior Championships
- Forward Ryan Horvat is tied for second in the AHL with eight major penalties.
- Goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with a 1.68 goals-against average (GAA) and 1503:55 minutes played, is tied for first with 16 wins and four shutouts and stands fourth with a .930 save percentage.
- Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid is second among rookies with 66 penalty minutes.