ONTARIO, Calif. – It was a wild night in the desert as the Ontario Reign traveled to Henderson to take on the Silver Knights. It would be the Reign that came away with a 4-1 win and yet more points for that dangerous top line and the power play.
Game Recap: Ontario 4, Henderson 1
It took a little while for that lethal top line of Ontario, consisting of Jaret Anderson-Dolan, TJ Tynan, and Martin Frk to break through Henderson’s goaltender, Jiri Patera.
Logan Thompson, the usual starter for Henderson, is up with the Golden Knights due to an injury to Robin Lehner and looks unlikely to return any time soon.
It took until fifteen minutes into the first period but Anderson-Dolan scored his 19th goal of the season on, you guessed it, the power play. Jordan Spence continued to impress, adding his 32nd assist and increasing his lead over the rookie defencemen points record.
After that, it was all Reign, as Frk added his 25th of the season in the second period, and Tyler Madden added his 14th (a second power-play goal on the night for Ontario) before Henderson finally managed to answer back.
Pavel Dorofeyev’s 18th of the season was the only puck to make it past Matt Villalta all night. Tynan completed the top line hat-trick with an empty netter, and Villalta increases his record to 18-3-4-0. Villalta finished the night with a .969 SV%, making 31 saves on the 32 shots he faced.
A short stat corner this time around, and more of a trivia question: How many games this season have all three of Tynan, Anderson-Dolan and Frk recorded at least one point?
For a bonus point, what’s the team’s record when all three are on the scoresheet? Find out in this weekend’s recap!
King In The Inland Empire
Today, we’re giving the crown to Frk, who leads the team in goals and had the game-winner in last night’s matchup. With his 25th of the season, he’s now only two goals away from his previous career-high of 27, set twice while he played in Grand Rapids.
Only two players in the league have more goals than him: Stefan Noesen of Chicago and Sheldon Dries of Abbotsford, who’s scored more than a couple of his 26 total goals against Ontario this season.
The Reign is back in action this weekend against the Tuscon Roadrunners. The Reign will be traveling to Tuscon, where they have a record of 1-1 so far this season.
Overall, the Reign are 3-1-1 against the Roadrunners, and last faced them at home on January 23, where they enjoyed a 6-5 win over the away team.
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