April 8, 2017
The Gulls (40-19-3-2, 85 pts.) conclude a home-and-home series and the second of a back-to-back against the Ontario Reign (34-20-10-0, 78 pts.) tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena (6:00 p.m. PT, 1090-AM). The Gulls were shutout for the sixth time this season last night, 4-0, by the Reign at Valley View Casino Center but look to bounce right back in the 10th contests of the Southern California rivalry.
San Diego is 4-3-1-1 against Ontario this season and 2-0-1-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Gulls have won three of the last four contests between the clubs, and are 12-7-1-1 all-time vs. the Reign, including 7-2-0-1 on the road.
The Gulls, who have clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season, enter tonight with a 12-5-1-0 mark in the last 18 games. San Diego can lock up home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a win tonight, as the Reign currently sit seven points back of San Diego with four games remaining. With last night’s win, the Reign clinched a playoff berth and as if the postseason began today, the two teams would face off in a best-of-five series in the first round.
Offensively, the Gulls are led by right Corey Tropp (21-33=54) and rookie center Kalle Kossila (14-33=47) who have driven the club’s offense all season. Tropp, who has eight goals in his last 15 games (8G/6A) and points in 12 of his last 17 games (9G/8A). Kossila has 4-8=12 points his last 17 games and ranks fourth among AHL rookies in scoring (14-33=47), third in assists (33) and plus/minus with +19 rating.
Ontario is 5-5-1 in their last 11 games while.T.J. Hensick (16-35=51) and Mike Amadio (14-23=37) lead the Reign in scoring, while goaltender Jack Campbell (29-14-6) co-leads the AHL with 30 wins and has played the second most minutes of any goaltender in the league (2952 minutes). Reign forward Jonny Brodzinski, who is currently up with the Kings, leads the head-to-head series for the club against the Gulls with eight points (3G/5A) and Hensick leads the series with four goals. Forward Sean Backman leads all active skaters in the series with six points (1G/5A).