After a string of four straight home games, the Reign now take to the road for the next three contests. Friday evening, Ontario will visit Bakersfield and then it’s quickly off to Henderson for a game on Saturday night vs. the Silver Knights.
Stop one of the back-to-back weekend set looks to again feature a trio of Kings prospects who were recently up with the big club. Sammy Fagemo is expected back on the second line, while Alex Turcotte will likely center the third line — with a red-hot Martin Chromiak on his right side. The latter has really started to come into his own; having now played 27 games in his first AHL season. While he has 18 points overall, like many players before him, it’s been a tale of two seasons. He put up just 3 points in his first 13 games, then has notched 15 points in the 14 games since.
Cal Petersen will once again start in net, with Matt Villalta penciled in as tonight’s backup goaltender.
Veteran Nate Thompson continues to inch his way back to game action. Out for several weeks now with an injury, he participated in today’s morning skate (in a red non-contact jersey) and stayed on the ice for additional conditioning after the main group exited.
Ontario started the season with a 3-2 loss to the Condors on Opening Weekend. They’ve gone 3-2 against Bakersfield over the next five games — including a 3-2 loss in their last contest, which came about a month ago in Kern County. That’s a lot of 3-2s, isn’t it?
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS
Andersson – Tynan – Madden
Ward – Quine – Fagemo
Dudas – Turcotte – Chromiak
Lee – Helenius – Goulbourne
Björnfot – Spence
Moverare – Grans
Bisson – Allard
Game scratches: Gaunce, Kemp, Nousiainen, Pavlychev, Thompson, Wagner
Recalled to NHL: Kupari
Out injured: Thomas, Doty
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm PST tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
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