Life in the AHL’s Pacific Division usually involves games primarily played in California — with five of nine teams based in the Golden State. However, this weekend, the Reign are making not only a rare trip out of state, but even off the West Coast. Friday and Saturday, Ontario will be in Michigan to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Later this season, Detroit’s AHL affiliate will venture to Southern California for a two a game set vs. the LA Kings top minor league affiliate. That series doesn’t come until late March, just after the NHL Trade Deadline. Thus, both rosters could look a little different at that point.
For now, the Reign are looking to integrate a few players recently returned to them from the NHL.
LA Kings roster moves coming…
Look for Austin Strand, Jacob Moverare, Christian Wolanin, and Jacob Ingham to return to AHL Ontario today.
Reign play Fri/Sat in Grand Rapids.
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As an aside, the two teams played each other twice — once each in the home team’s barn — back in 2018-19. Ontario won both games.
From what we’re hearing, here’s how Ontario will put things together tonight…
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS on 2/4
JAD – Tynan – Frk
Madden – Kupari – Thomas
Vilardi – Turcotte – Fagemo
Wagner – Sutter – Dudas
Other options include: Burke, Doty, Johnson, Sodergran, Tkachev
Gaunce – Spence
Moverare – Grans
Wolanin – Strand
Other options include: Kasastul
Puck drop is scheduled for 4pm tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
Lead photo via Mike Zitek
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