The San Diego Gulls conclude their 68-game regular season schedule tonight vs. the Ontario Reign at Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m. PT, 1090-AM). The Gulls, who have clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season, enter tonight with a 14-6-1-0 mark in the last 21 games, and have wins in 243 of their last 33 contests (24-8-1-0) and 31 of the last 42 overall (31-9-1-1). San Diego has earned standings points in 19 of the last 27 (17-8-1-0), as well as points in 35 of 44 contests since Dec. 26 (31-9-2-2).
The club have also earned wins in eight of the past 10 home games dating back to Feb. 24 and has posted a 14-3-0 record at home since Jan. 7. The Gulls rank third in the AHL and second in the Western Conference with a .664 win percentage this season, and have allowed the third-fewest goals in the AHL this season (175).
Tonight will end San Diego’s schedule of 21 back-to-backs, where the Gulls are 22-16-2-1 overall and 9-10-1-0 in the second contest. This season when facing Pacific Division opponents the Gulls have posted a 36-19-2-2 record, tied with San Jose for the most wins against a division rival. Following tonight, San Diego will begin its 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs First Round series vs. the Ontario Reign at Valley View Casino Center on Friday, Apr. 21 (7 p.m.).
San Diego clinched home ice in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs and will host the Ontario Reign in a best-of-five series in a 1-1-1-1-1 format beginning next Friday at Valley View Casino Center. The berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs marks the second-consecutive trip to the postseason since the inception of Gulls last season. On March 31 at Tucson, the Gulls matched the 2015-16 mark of 39 wins set in 2015-16 (inaugural season), and the following night on Apr. 1 set a new club record with 85 points with a win over Tucson to surpass last season’s total of 84 points (39-23-4-2).
The Gulls and Reign face off for the 12th and final Rivalry Night this season in the penultimate game at Valley View Casino Center this season. San Diego has posted a 5-4-1-1 record against Ontario this season (1-3-1-0 at home). All-time, the Gulls are 13-8-1-1 vs. the Reign, including 5-5-1-0 at home. Last night the Gulls defeated the Reign in a 4-3 shootout win to earn points in five of the six road games in the season series and improve to 4-1-0-1 this season at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
In last weekend’s back-to-back, San Diego fell in a 4-0 shutout on Friday, Apr. 7 at home, and dropped the second contest 3-1 at Ontario. Corey Tropp leads active 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. Jhonas Enroth has posted a 3-1-0 record with a 1.74 GAA and .938 SV%.