For the next three straight games, Ontario will faceoff with the Tucson Roadrunners. First up, it’s a pair of back-to-back games in Arizona this weekend, followed by a game hosted by the Reign on Wednesday night — and that will conclude their eight-game season series.
In five previous matchups thus far, Ontario has gone 3-1-1, while offense has been the name of the game. When they last met for a pair of games in January, the Reign posted 6 goals in the opener and 7 goals the following night. In total, they’ve potted 26 goals in five games vs. the Roadrunners this season.
Speaking of offense… while Kings prospect Gabe Vilardi remains red-hot in the AHL this season — recording 33 points in 31 games, including 15 goals — don’t sleep on fellow LA draftee Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Although he ultimately projects as more of a bottom-6 forward, JAD has eight goals in his past nine games. And he kicked off the scoring in Wednesday’s game:
Anderson-Dolan gives the #Reign a 1-0 lead on the powerplay. His 19th goal of the season.
ASST: Vilardi(18), Spence(32) pic.twitter.com/yJqfQaDIof
— Eric (@kingsgifs2) February 24, 2022
Since taking a rough hit into the boards earlier this month, Alex Turcotte has been sidelined. The Reign will be without his services tonight, as well. It remains a day-to-day situation.
The original play: pic.twitter.com/P2DpDksRUp
— The Mayor | John Hoven (@mayorNHL) February 26, 2022
video via Kings GIFs
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. TUCSON ROADRUNNERS on 2/26
Vilardi – Kupari – Fagemo
Madden – Tynan – Frk
JAD – Thomas – Tkachev
Wagner – Sutter – Doty
Other options include: Burke, Dudas, Sodergran, Turcotte
Gaunce – Spence
Wolanin – Grans
Phillips – Strand
Other options include: Kasastul
Puck drop is scheduled for 6pm today and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
Lead photo via Mike Zitek
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