St. Patrick’s Day did not bring any luck of the Irish to the Ontario Reign Friday night in British Columbia. Instead, they suffered their 8th straight defeat and will be looking to stop the bleeding in a rematch with the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday night.
While Cal Petersen faced 30 shots on goal last night, it was coach Marco Sturm’s offense that was missing. His team produced a less than thrilling 22 shots in their 4-0 shutout loss.
Although Sturm usually goes with a 50-50 goaltending rotation in back-to-back games, we have a sneaky suspicion he may go back to Petersen in net tonight. The scenario against Abbotsford has a similar feel to a situation earlier in the season where he didn’t like his team’s performance in night one of a weekend set — specifically, where he didn’t feel his goaltender was given the same level of support from his teammates — and played the same goalie both nights. We’ll see if he plays that card again here on the second night of their back-to-back in Canada.
In other news, Kings prospect Alex Turcotte did join the Reign on their north of the border trip. This came after skating on his own earlier in the week, prior to departing town. He was also said to have skated with the team in Abbotsford yesterday. No official date has been targeted yet for his return.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS
Andersson – Tynan – Fagemo
Dudas – Quine – Madden
Ward – Schnarr – Chromiak
Lee – Helenius – Goulbourne
Inamoto – Bjornfot
Moverare – Grans
Nousiainen – Gaunce
Likely game scratches: Bisson, Pavlychev, Thompson, Turcotte (week-to-week)
Recalled to NHL: Kupari, Spence
Out long-term, injured: Thomas, Doty
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm PST tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
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