Final Regular Season Records:
San Diego Gulls: 43-20-3-2 (91 pts, Second in Pacific Division & Western Conference)
Ontario Reign: 36-21-10-1 (83 pts, Third in Pacific Division, Sixth in Western Conference)
SERIES SCHEDULE: (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Friday, April 21 – Ontario at SAN DIEGO 7:00 pm PDT
Game 2 – Saturday, April 22 – San Diego at ONTARIO 7:00 pm PDT
Game 3 – Friday, April 28 – Ontario at SAN DIEGO 7:00 pm PDT
*Game 4 – Monday, May 1 – San Diego at ONTARIO 7:00 pm PDT
*Game 5 – Tuesday, May 2 – Ontario at SAN DIEGO 7:00 pm PDT
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
The two teams met 12 times during the regular season and once during the preseason. Neither team won the series, each finishing with a 6-4-1-1 record. Four of those 12 games were played over the last two weeks of the season. Again, the teams were evenly split with the Reign winning the first two and the Gulls taking games three and four.
How Ontario Wins:
The Reign will need Jack Campbell to be on his game every night. While they have out-shot the Gulls through most games, it has been the momentary lack of focus when they score their goals. Both Jonas Enroth and Dustin Tokarski are capable of stealing a game or two, Campbell has to be better than both. The Reign also need their blue line to stay focused throughout the game. With the influx of new talent and injuries to veterans, they have shown a tendency toward mental lapses that result in goals or quality chances.
How San Diego Wins:
The Gulls need to frustrate the Reign. Ontario’s penalty kill has shown steady improvement throughout the season, but it still is not what it used to be. They have also shown that they can be thrown off their game if the opposing team takes the physical game to them. If the Gulls can get the Reign running around, trying to retaliate, they can bring their speed into play and keep control of the game.
Players to Watch:
Austin Ortega has had at least one point in every game he’s played against the Reign since joining the Gulls. Look for the diminutive rookie to play a large role in the Gulls offense. Jonny Brodzinski led the Reign in goals before his call-up to the NHL. After a game to re-acclimate to the AHL, he was back to scoring goals again. The Reign will need his production to stay steady or even increase.
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