After a nearly one week delay to their original plans, the Ontario Reign officially kicked off their 2021 preseason on Friday afternoon, picking up a 3-2 shootout win – but not before losing top prospect Quinton Byfield early in the second period.
Following the game, coach John Wroblewski said Byfield was a “little nicked up” with a lower body injury, classifying it as “nothing serious.” While the status of Byfield remains day-to-day, from what we’ve gathered, he is expected to be out about 7-10 days.
On Sunday, the Reign are scheduled to play the first of back-to-back exhibition games at 1pm vs. the Roadrunners, with an immediate rematch set for Monday afternoon.
Ontario Reign Projected Lineup for Sunday, Jan. 24
Tyler Madden – Rasmus Kupari – Arthur Kaliyev
Blaine Byron – Akil Thomas – Mikey Eyssimont
Jack Poehling – Aidan Dudas – Nick Halloran
Brett Sutter – Drake Rymsha – Jacob Doty
Defensive pairings are still being worked out.
Tobias Björnfot – Austin Strand
Daniel Brickley – Sean Durzi
Jacob Moverare – Markus Phillips
JF Berube is expected to return in net and play the full game. Jacob Ingham will serve as backup.
For more notes and quotes following Friday’s action, see the article linked below.
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