ONTARIO, Calif.– Nine different goal scorers scored 13 goals in Ontario on Monday night, as the Reign defeated the Barracuda 8-5 to get back in the win column after a loss to Stockton late last week.
The game started with a bang, as San Jose’s John Leonard scored only 40 seconds into the first period, but the Reign bounced back well, with goals from Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Austin Wagner to take a 2-1 Reign lead before three minutes had elapsed. Alex Turcotte would add another before the end of the first period for the Reign to take a 3-1 lead into the first break.
Second-period goals came from Jayden Halbgewachs, Anderson-Dolan (twice, for the hat trick!), and Brett Sutter, as the Reign continued to pour it on offensively. Despite a late third-period push by the Barracuda with goals from Halbgewachs, Patrick Holway, and Jake McGrew, Samuel Fagemo would score two of his own to give Ontario the win.
WHAT A HATTY FOR JADDY!!
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— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) February 1, 2022
The Reign are now 7-1-1-1 in their last ten, and a big reason for this is their goalscoring. They’re first in the entire AHL for GF/PG, at 143, which is good for over four goals per game on average. And they can score those goals in all situations, as they also lead in PPGF and PP%, with 39 power-play goals so far this season on 141 power plays, good for 27.7%. On the flip side, their penalty kill continues to flounder, floating down at the bottom of the league, 30th in the AHL at only 75%. The bright side is that they’re much more disciplined now than at the start of the season and have improved to 16th in the league for times shorthanded, at 136, good for just over two minor penalties a game.
KING OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
It’s a new month, and I thought we would introduce a new segment to our game recaps. This segment will be about who I think is the MVP for a game/series/weekend, and we’re starting strong this week with Mister Hat Trick himself, Jaret Anderson-Dolan. (Honourable mention to TJ Tynan, who sits second in the entire AHL with 46 points, behind only Andrew Poturalski of the Chicago Wolves). Anderson-Dolan is currently third on the Reign in points, despite only having played 29 of the Reign’s 35 games. He’s also second in goals as last night’s hat trick gave him 14 on the second, behind only Martin Frk. The Reign’s top line of Frk, Anderson-Dolan, and Tynan have combined for 111 points so far this season and six points in this game alone, but it’s the trio of goals that have given Anderson-Dolan the first crown to make him King of the IE.
This weekend, the Reign are back in action as they face the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday and Sunday on a rare trip outside of the Pacific Division. The Reign haven’t faced the Griffins since April 2019, but they are 2-0 against Grand Rapids in the last five seasons.
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