Well, a little bit more than a week, but we wanted the teams to have more than one game under their belt.
San Jose and Bakersfield were the ones to kick off their season first, both at home and both against teams from the Central Division. While Bakersfield managed to squeak out a 1-0 over the Griffins, San Jose fell to the Ice Hogs 4-2.
The next night saw the rest of the division in play with the Condors playing the Reign in the first back-to-back games of the young season. It didn’t go well for them. The Reign stormed into town & shut the Condors down 5-0, with Peter Budaj earning his first win in over a season.
Further south, San Diego made the Griffins hate California even more with a 4-2 win.
Headed north, the Stockton Heat welcomed the Rockford Ice Hogs into their barn. And then proceeded to hand them a 7-0 drubbing. The Ice Hogs were also happy to leave California.
Out east, the Texas Stars & San Antonio Rampage faced each other in the first of what will be many games. Their high scoring affair would need extra time as San Antonio tied it at five with just over a minute in regulation remaining. Texas would win two minutes into overtime.
Almost a week later, The Ontario Reign traveled to Winnipeg to take on the recently reformed Manitoba Moose. In a game where the relocation of both teams & the former rivalry was mentioned every five minutes, the Reign dominated from start to finish, winning 4-1.
Back in overly sunny California, San Jose traveled south to school Bakersfield in a 4-1 win of their own. The story of that game was the second period, where the Barracuda put up three on netminder Jon Gillies.
The next night, Bakersfield played their second back-to-back game, this time traveling south to meet up with San Diego. That high scoring affair saw six goals in the first, four in the second and nothing in the third. It would need the shoot-out for the Gulls to pick up the extra point.
Texas, in the meantime, wandered into Chicago and laid down a 7-3 schooling on the Wolves.
The next night saw Bakersfield with yet another game (who upset the AHL schedule maker?), which ended as another loss to San Jose. Texas defeated Rockford 5-2 to remain undefeated. The Reign participated in a goaltending battle that ended with just seven seconds left in overtime. They picked up the win, also maintaining their undefeated streak. San Antonio got their turn with the Grand Rapid Griffins and picked up their own 4-0 win.
Texas played the last game of the week today against Rockford. They picked up yet another win, this time 7-2.
The Pacific Division has three undefeated teams after one week of play. (The Gulls have only played two games, but it still counts) They are the only division in the AHL still sporting undefeated teams. An early fight is developing between the Reign and the Stars (in yet another Texas vs California potential rivalry).