Nov. 27, 2016
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls (7-5-1-0) look to extend a franchise-record five-game winning streak as they face the Ontario Reign (6-4-4-0) today at Citizens Business Bank Arena (3:00 p.m., 1090-AM). Today marks the first matinee contest this season and the final game of a two-game road trip for San Diego.
The Gulls have won a franchise record five consecutive games (outscoring opponents 19-9), the longest winning streak in club history (previous: four games, three times in 2015-16…last; Mar. 8-16, 2016). San Diego is currently 5-4-0 vs. Pacific Division Opponents and boasts a 6-4-1 record in back-to-back games (2-3-0 in the second contest).
The Gulls visit Citizen’s Business Bank Arena for the first time this season after dropping the first contest of the season, 2-0, at home on Oct. 15. Brandon Montour leads all Gulls players with 1-7=8 points in 13 career games vs. Ontario, while Corey Tropp leads the club with three goals (3-1=4) in four games vs. the Reign.
The two Southern California rivals will face off 12 times during the 2016-17 season, splitting the contests with six games in San Diego and six at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with 11 contests remaining (including tonight). The Gulls were the only team in the AHL during the 2015-16 campaign to post a winning record against Ontario, going 8-4-0 versus the league’s top-ranked defense, and 4-2 on the road.
Gulls right wing Corey Tropp has compiled 6-11=17 points in the opening 13 games of the campaign. The Michigan native earned 1-1=2 points last night at Bakersfield for his fifth multi-point game of the season to extend a career-long six-game point streak. His new career mark surpasses a previous career-high, set twice in the 2010-11 season (3-3=6 points Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2010 and 1-5=6 points, Mar. 8-18, 2011. Tropp ranks third among league leaders (minimum 10 games) in points-per game (1.31), tied for sixth in points (17) and tied for seventh in assists (11).
Defensman Brandon Montour ranks ranks among league leaders in scoring, as the Brantford, Ont. native is fifth among league blueliners in points-per game (.92), tied for seventh in scoring (12), and ranks second league-wide with 70 shots on goal despite having played five fewer games than league leader Jake DeBrusk (PRO).
Following tonight’s game, the Gulls will head back to San Diego to face the Tucson Roadrunners on Nov. 30 at Valley View Casino Center.