Winners of four straight, the Ontario Reign are riding some momentum heading into their final regular season game vs. San Diego on Friday night.
It will be a rematch of Wednesday’s contest, where coach John Wroblewski’s club scored a few goals early, then fell behind 4-2 before Mikey Eyssimont had a natural hat trick and drove the team to victory.
Even with Quinton Byfield up playing with the Kings, Wrobo had been able to keep his lineup pretty much intact during the winning streak, but that’s no longer the case. Earlier today, Rasmus Kupari was recalled to the NHL taxi squad, as he prepares to replace Byfield in the Kings lineup tomorrow. With Kupari’s 22 points tying him for the second most points on the Reign, it was time to shuffle things around.
From what we’ve been able to gather, another Kings prospect will be making his pro debut tonight. This time around, it’s Martin Chromiak.
For more on the team’s 2020 draft pick, see here:
Ontario Reign Projected Lineup vs. San Diego Gulls
Eyssimont – Turcotte – Fagemo
Kaliyev – Johnson – Frk
Dudas – Thomas – Halloran
Imama – Sutter – Chromiak
Gaunce – Durzi
Moverare – Clague
Phillips – Alt
Other Roster Notes:
— Austin Strand, Daniel Brickley, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Jacob Doty will be healthy scratches; while Blaine Byron is sidelined with an injury. The latter three players are on AHL-only contracts.
— Highly regarded LA prospect Tyler Madden remains out indefinitely due to this hit. After spending a significant amount of time on the sidelines, Madden is doing much better now. As we reported last week, there is even an optimistic belief that the 21-year-old rookie forward could get back into a game before the end of the regular season.
— Defenseman Cole Hults and goaltender Jacob Ingham are on the NHL taxi squad.
Tonight’s puck drop is scheduled for 7pm PST and can be streamed through AHL TV.
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