Some of the beautiful things about minor league sports are the quirkiness and unpredictability that pop up on occasion. And the American Hockey League certainly fits that bill. Even with a regular season schedule that usually features an overabundance of Pacific Division matchups, the Ontario Reign begin an odd stretch on Friday. They’re about to play four straight two-game series — starting with a pair of games against the visiting Calgary Wranglers.
With Jordan Spence recalled to the NHL, Ontario has summoned Tyler Inamoto from the ECHL. Even so, we’re expecting the defensive pairings to remain static from last game.
At forward, Kings prospect Alex Turcotte remains sidelined following an injury suffered on this play several weeks ago. Given the team’s play of late, coach Marco Sturm will likely be shaking things up tonight. The below alignment is largely based upon yesterday’s practice notes.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. CALGARY WRANGLERS
Andersson – Tynan – Fagemo
Dudas – Quine – Madden
Ward – Schnarr – Chromiak
Lee – Helenius – Goulbourne
Bjornfot – Bisson
Moverare – Grans
Nousiainen – Gaunce
Likely game scratches: Inamoto, Pavlychev, Thompson, Turcotte
Recalled to NHL: Kupari, Spence
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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So Turcotte is out yet again. Are they just shutting this brittle young man down for the season and evaluating where he fits within the organization over the summer? That dude just has a permanent black cloud following him around.
As a regular Reign game attendee, that is one ugly roster. They certainly need an infusion of talent so hopefully Laffy, Clarke, and Pinelli can infuse some juice into that roster once their respective college and junior seasons are over.