Feb. 10, 2017
SAN DIEGO – The Gulls (24-13-2-2, 52 pts.) conclude a three-game road trip against the Ontario Reign (24-10-8-0, 56 pts.) tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena (7:00 p.m., 1700-AM), the final game in a stretch of eight-of-nine games away from home. San Diego saw their six-game win streak and club record 12-game point streak (11-0-0-1) snapped in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Barracuda on Wednesday night.
Despite the loss, San Diego has wins in six of their last seven games (6-1-0) and points in 12 of their last 13 contests (11-1-0-1) San Diego has also won five of their last six road games and earned standings points in 10 of 11 road contests dating back to Dec. 29 at Texas (9-1-0-1).
Over the last 13 games San Diego has outscored opponents 46-21, killed 38 of the last 43 penalties (88.4%) and gone 11-for-53, (20.7%) on the power play. San Diego has won 13 of the last 16 games (13-2-0-1), and has earned standings points in 16 of the past 18 (13-2-1-2) and 25 of the last 33 overall (22-8-1-2).
San Diego enters tonight’s contest with a 12-7-1-1 record on the road this season. Their 12 roads victories this season rank first among all Pacific Division clubs.
On Wednesday night in San Jose, the Gulls fell down 2-0 early and pushed hard to claw their way back into the game. Chris Wagner (1-0=1) got San Diego on the board with a shorthanded tally midway through the third, but the Gulls could not put another puck past San Jose goaltender Troy Grosenick. San Diego’s nine shorthanded markers on the year, tying Syracuse and Texas for the most in the AHL.
The Gulls and Reign face off for the eighth of 12 Rivalry Nights this season, with San Diego posting 3-2-2 record against Ontario this season (2-0-0-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena). All-time San Diego is 11-6-2 vs. the Reign, including 6-2-1 on the road. Corey Tropp leads all Gulls skaters with 4-5=9 points in 10 career games vs. Ontario and Antoine Laganiere’s five goals (5-0=5) lead San Diego.
San Diego swept a home-and-home set last week against the Reign with a 2-0 shutout victory behind Jhonas Enroth’s 29 saves at Valley View Casino Center and a 4-3 comeback overtime thriller on Feb. 3 at Ontario.
Ontario sits in second place in the Pacific Division at 24-10-8 good for 56 points and a .667 win percentage, only .23 percentage points above the Gulls. The Reign have posted a 6-1-1 record over their past eight games, the only two losses in that span coming against San Diego.
T.J. Hensick (11-23=34) and Johnny Brodzinski (17-15=32) lead the Reign in scoring, while goaltender Jack Campbell (21-7-5) leads the AHL with 21 wins and has started 27 consecutive games.