TWTW: Reign Sweep Texas-Two-Step Road TripNov 23, 2015
The Week That Was…
The Ontario Reign completed a three-game road trip this week with their first-ever trip to Texas to take on the San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars for a week record of 2-0-0-0 and an overall standing of 10-2-2-0 to become the first team in the Pacific Division to reach 10 wins.
The Reign jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Friday against the Rampage at AT&T Center behind goals from forwards Ryan Horvat, Scott Sabourin and Sean Backman before the Rampage would rally and grab the game-tying marker with 1:36 left in regulation to force overtime. Ontario regrouped in the extra session and buried the game-winning marker 21 seconds in off the stick of forward Michael Mersch.
On Saturday, the Reign and Stars’ offense erupted for 13 total goals at Cedar Park Center with the Reign prevailing 7-6. Forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Mersch each scored two goals and Kevin Gravel(two assists), Backman (one goal, one assist), Kurtis MacDermid (one goal, one assist) and Nic Dowd(two assists) each registered multi-point games. The Reign held 2-0, 4-2 and 6-3 leads before the Stars recovered.
- Record: 10-2-2-0 (1st Place, Pacific Division, 1st in Western Conference)
- Home: 4-0-2-0
- Away: 6-2-0-0
- Last 10 Games: 6-2-2-0
- Streak: 2-0-0-0
- Goals: Michael Mersch (9)
- Assists: Sean Backman, Nic Dowd (10)
- Points: Sean Backman (14)
- Penalty Minutes: Ryan Horvat (37)
- Power-Play Goals: Adrian Kempe, Sean Backman (3)
- Power-Play Assists: Sean Backman (5)
- Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (8)
- Shorthanded Goals: N/A
- Shorthanded Assists: N/A
- Shorthanded Points: N/A
- Game-Winning Goals: Valentin Zykov, Sean Backman (2)
- Wins: Peter Budaj (9)
- GAA: Peter Budaj (1.44)
- SPCT: Peter Budaj (.941)
- Forward Ryan Horvat is tied for second in the AHL with five major penalties.
- Forward Michael Mersch leads the AHL with 71 shots and has a nine shot lead over second place.
- Goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with a 1.44 goals-against average (GAA), nine wins and four shutouts and stands second with a .941 save percentage.
- Forward Valentin Zykov is tied for first among AHL rookies with two game-winning goals.
- Forward Adrian Kempe is tied for 14th among first-year players with 10 points (five goals, five assists).
- Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid is second among rookies with three major penalties and tied for fourth with a plus-minus rating of +8.
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