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March 15, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Ontario Reign News Release

The Week That Was...

The Ontario Reign battled the San Antonio Rampage, San Diego Gulls and San Jose Barracuda last week for a week record of 2-0-1-0 to extend their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1-0) and improve their Pacific Division-leading record to 35-14-4-1.

On Wednesday, the Reign closed a five-game road trip with their second consecutive tilt against the Rampage. After squandering a two-goal lead, the Reign found themselves down 4-2 with less than three minutes to play in the third period. Forward Jonny Brodzinski started the comeback and defenseman Kevin Gravel and forward Nic Dowd completed the turn-around as Ontario prevailed 5-4 in regulation time.

Listen: Gravel and Dowd Score Late for Reign in Comeback Win over Rampage

On Saturday, the Reign briefly returned home to Citizens Business Bank Arena to host the Gulls. Forward Adrian Kempe snapped a 17-game goalless skid with a third period tally, but the Gulls prevailed 2-1 in overtime.

Carrying their late-game momentum into Sunday's affair against San Jose at SAP Center in downtown San Jose, forward Brett Sutter scored his first goal with the Reign and forwards Michael Mersch, Dowd and Sean Backman would each grab two-point games in a 4-1 victory.

The Numbers

Record: 35-14-4-1, .694 winning percentage (1st Place, Pacific Division)

Home: 19-6-3-1

Away: 16-8-1-0

Last 10 Games: 7-2-1-0

Streak: 5-0-1-0

Goals: Michael Mersch (21)

Assists: Nic Dowd (32)

Points: Sean Backman (48)

Penalty Minutes: Kurtis MacDermid (106)

Power-Play Goals: Sean Backman (7)

Power-Play Assists: Nic Dowd (10)

Power-Play Points: Sean Backman (16)

Shorthanded Goals: Andrew Crescenzi (2)

Shorthanded Assists: Five players with one assist

Shorthanded Points: Andrew Crescenzi (3)

Game-Winning Goals: Sean Backman (7)

Wins: Peter Budaj (33)

GAA: Peter Budaj (1.63)

SPCT: Peter Budaj (.932)

League Leaders:

Forward Sean Backman tied for 13th in the AHL with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists), is first in the league with 203 shots and tied for first with seven game-winning goals.

Goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with a 1.63 goals-against average (GAA), eight shutouts, 33 wins and 2829 minutes played and a .932 save percentage.

Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid is fourth among rookies with 106 penalty minutes and tie for first with 28 minor penalties.

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde is tied for 17th among blueliners with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) and is second among defensemen with a 13.3 percent shooting percentage (10 goals on 75 shots).

This Week:

Ontario Reign at San Jose Barracuda

Wednesday, Mar. 16

7:30 p.m. PT

SAP Center in San Jose, CA

Listen Live: OntarioReign.com, AHL Live

Preview: 11th of 12 meetings, 8-2-0-0 head-to-head record

Ontario Reign vs. San Antonio Rampage

Friday, Mar. 18

7:00 p.m. PT

Citizens Business Bank Arena

$2 20oz. Bud Light and Montejo Drafts

Listen Live: OntarioReign.com, AHL Live

Preview: 6th of 6 meetings, 3-0-2-0 head-to-head record

Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls

Saturday, Mar. 19

6:00 p.m. PT

Citizens Business Bank Arena

5K Fun Run and Walk to benefit Pipeline to a Cure Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Listen Live: OntarioReign.com, AHL Live

Preview: 10th of 12 meetings, 3-4-1-1 head-to-head record

National Hockey League Affiliate Update

Los Angeles Kings

Record: 41-22-5, 87 points

Standing: 1st Pacific Division, 4th Western Conference

Upcoming Games: Today at Dallas, Thursday vs. New York Rangers, Saturday vs. Boston

Leading Scorer: Anze Kopitar

ECHL Affiliate Update

Manchester Monarchs

Record: 37-18-3-5, 82 points

Standing: 1st East Division, 2nd Eastern Conference

Upcoming Games: Friday at Elmira, Saturday at Elmira

Leading Scorer: Matt Leitner*

*Leitner is currently with the Reign


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