ONTARIO, CA – Wednesday night of the Thanksgiving holiday is the traditional travel night. The AHL gave Inland Empire residents another option by scheduling a home game against the Stockton Heat that night.
If you could make it past all of the traffic.
Luckily, Southern California residents decided to travel on Tuesday and watch hockey on Wednesday.
The Heat and the Reign provided them with a show that included hard hits, a few fights. Brandon Bollig continued his reign of terror over Ontario with the opening goal 11:32 into the first period. Mike Amadio had the answer for the Reign four minutes later with his third of the season. Right after the ensuing puck drop came the first fight with Emile Poirier engaging Michael Latta. Both were tossed from the game for fighting at the puck drop.
Jonny Brodzinski put the Reign ahead 6 minutes into the second period and Andrew Crescenzi would seal the deal with the empty net goal with 1:17 left to play. In between was another fight off of a post-whistle scrum, a few borderline hits, and some highlight reel worthy saves from Jack Campbell.
Impressive: Jonny Brodzinski had a two point night and more importantly, a good game. Every Reign scoring chance seemed to have Jonny B or Justin Auger involved. Both seemed to drive the play whenever they were on the ice. Jack Campbell was also having a good night, stopping the Heat’s push in the third period and keeping the game 2-1 until Crescenzi could score the empty netter.
Not so Much: The Reign’s penalty kill went 1 for 6 in the game and didn’t really look that good doing it. While it is an improvement over 2 for 3, it still needs some work on clearing the puck and picking up the backdoor chance.
Elsewhere in the Division: With the Roadrunners’ game against the Gulls postponed, the rest of the division took the night off.