REIGN PREVIEW – Ontario at Henderson, 4/30

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WHO: Ontario Reign (41-17-5-4) at Henderson Silver Knights (34-28-4-1)
WHAT: AHL REGULAR SEASON GAME #68
WHEN: Saturday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM Pacific
OR: Dollar Loan Center – Henderson, NV
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO: To mix together – TWITTER: @ShafReign & @ontarioreign

Game #68 – An end and a beginning
The Ontario Reign will play its final regular season game Saturday night in Henderson against the Silver Knights, capping off one of the best seasons in team history that will consist of a second-place finish in the American League’s Pacific Division of hockey. The Reign has amassed 91 points with an overall record of 41-17-5-4 that includes a 23-5-4-2 mark at home. As Saturday’s game wraps up the regular season, Ontario will immediately turn its attention to the Calder Cup playoffs, where the San Diego Gulls await a first-round game that begins May 4 at Toyota Arena.

Find out more about tonight’s game
Saturday’s game is the eighth and final meeting between the Reign and the Silver Knights. Ontario dominated this year’s series, winning six of the previous seven encounters and combined to beat Henderson 29-16. As they have done for most of the year, Ontario used a dominant power play to their advantage against HSK, scoring nine of 26 chances (34.6%). Going into their final bout of the regular season, the Reign leads the AHL offensively with a league-high 259 goals for an average of 3.87 per game, while Henderson is 16th in league standings with 3.06. goals per outing. Ontario’s power play also remains atop the AHL league standings converting 27.8% of its chances.

Last outing
The Reign is coming off a 44-save performance from goaltender David Hrenak last Saturday night that wasn’t enough against the Colorado Eagles in the rubber game of a three-game series at the Budweiser Events Center that s ended 5-1 in favor of the home club. Ontario forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored the game’s only tally for the reign, while Colorado forward Dylan Sikura led his team with three goals in the game.

Story-Ready Power Play
Ontario’s power play has been outstanding throughout the season, and with 60 minutes remaining in the regular season, the team’s power play conversion rate is the best in American League history. hockey. Before last year’s shortened campaign, the record for the highest single-season power-play percentage belonged to the Springfield Indians, who finished at 26.78% in an 80-game campaign in 1993-94. . In 2021-22, Hartford and Cleveland both finished higher, with the Wolf Pack finishing at 27.08% and the Monsters at 26.85%. But Reign is poised to eclipse all three brands, entering Saturday’s competition at 27.8%. Ontario leads the league standings in all situations with a 28.3% rate at home and 27.3% on the road.

Awards Season
The AHL began recognizing individuals with league honors this week, and Ontario has already won four awards highlighted by rookie defenseman Jordan Spence who was named to the league’s First Team All-Star as well as to the All-Rookie Team. Spence, a former fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, was the AHL’s top rookie defenseman this season, tallying 42 points (four goals, 38 assists) in 46 games for Ontario . He is the first honored All-Rookie in Reign history and the first Kings draft pick to be recognized since Tyler Toffoli in the 2012-13 campaign. 26 of Spence’s points came on the Reign league power play, and the defenseman also racked up a plus-18 rating that’s tied for the highest among any Ontario skater. Spence, 21, made his NHL debut with the Kings on March 10 and has two goals and six assists in 24 NHL games.

Forward TJ Tynan was also named to the League’s First All-Star Team after registering 84 assists during the year, which is tied for third most in a single season in the AHL. Tynan leads all AHL skaters this season with 98 total points and both of those totals are career highs for the reigning league MVP. Tynan’s assist tally is the highest in the AHL since forward Jason Spezza led the league with 85 in the 2004-05 campaign. The Orland Park, Illinois native has a league-leading 1.63 points-per-game average, as does his total power-play assists (46) and total power-play points (48). Tynan is aiming to become the first AHL player to record 100 points in a single season since Hershey teammates Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux accomplished the feat in 2009-10.

Forward Martin Frk, who became the first Ontario skater to score 40 goals in a single season last week, was also named to the AHL’s Second Team All-Star. Frk’s 73 points this season rank sixth in the AHL and his total goals are second to Chicago’s Stefan Noesen. Frk and Noesen are the first skaters to score 40 goals in an AHL season since Colin McDonald and Nigel Dawes hit the plateau in 2010-11.

Silver Knight Recognition
Henderson will finish the 2021-22 season in sixth place in the Pacific Division standings and advance to the 2022 Calder Cup playoffs to face either Abbotsford or Colorado in the first round. The Silver Knights have been on a roll lately, going undefeated in regulation in their last eight games with a 7-0-1 record. Pavel Dorofeyev leads the team on offense, posting 50 points in 62 games with 27 goals and 23 assists. Dorofeyev’s goal tally leads the team, while Ben Jones is second in the club with 25 goals and 41 points in 65 games. The team’s top scorer in defense is rookie Daniil Miromanov, who has 40 points with 11 goals and 29 assists. Rookie goaltender Isaiah Saville stepped in and immediately made a difference since turning pro last month, winning six in eight appearances with a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage .

Turcotte takes the ice cream
Forward Alex Turcotte, out with an injury since Feb. 12, is skating with the Reign in practice this week and could return to the lineup Saturday at Henderson. Turcotte, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2019 NHL Draft, has 18 points in 26 games this season (six goals, 12 assists) for Ontario and also made his NHL debut with the Kings on Dec. 28. The Island Lake, Ill., native played eight games for Los Angeles in his first career call-up. Turcotte’s speed and aggression would give the Reign another weapon up front as the team prepares for the playoffs this week. As a rookie in the shortened 2020-21 season, Turcotte had 21 points in 32 games with six goals and 15 assists.

Inamoto debuts
Defenseman Tyler Inamoto played his first professional game last Saturday night in Colorado, along with veteran defenseman Thomas Hickey. The defenseman signed with Ontario on April 14 after finishing his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin where he played 158 games in five seasons while scoring 29 points on five goals and 24 assists. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound skater was one of the Badgers’ alternate captains for the second straight year in 2021-22, posting a pair of assists in 26 games. During his junior and senior seasons, Inamoto finished fifth among all NCAA skaters in blocked shots. The Barrington, Illinois native was previously drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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