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Ontario Reign Preview - Back in the Saddle

After being swept by Charlotte and suffering their first three regulation losses of the season, the Reign don't get much time to dwell on things as they square off against the Texas Stars. They'll also face divisional foes Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors again this weekend.

Updated 1/9/15.

Texas Stars @ Ontario Reign (Tuesday)  / Stockton Thunder @ Ontario Reign (Friday) / Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors (Saturday)

Days: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (CBBA) and Sunday (Rabobank Arena)

Times: 7 p.m. Pacific (Tuesday), 7 p.m. (Friday), 7 p.m. (Saturday)

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Watch: AHL Live

Ontario Reign Lines

9 Kempe - 10 Army - 16 Backman
39 Auger - 26 Dowd - 12 Brodzinski
18 Samuels-Thomas - 21 Crescenzi - 7 Zykov
28 Lowry - 24 Horvat - 15 Bissonnette

8 Leslie - 5 LoVerde
3 Forbort - 4 Gravel 
55 Schultz - 33 Raine

31 Budaj
29 Houser

  • Ontario will benefit from the returns of Adrian Kempe and Derek Forbort this weekend.
  • The Reign have been struggling to score, something that was expected with Michael Mersch's recall. But they busted out in a big way last night, putting up a six-spot on Stockton. Will the goal times keep rolling tonight against Bakersfield?

Bakersfield Condors Lines


12 Hamilton - 17 Miller - 11 Ford
19 Moroz - 7 Khaira - 20 Kassian
16 Jones - 36 Currie - 22 Kessy
23 Christoffer - 38 Roy - 21 Chase

2 Reinhart - 15 Oesterle
18 Simpson - 6 Musil
28 Gernat - 8 Nikitin

1 Laurikainen
31 Brossoit
  • It's our first look in a while at the much-maligned Zach Kassian!
  • Eetu Laurikainen will start his first game since mid-October.

Stockton Heat Lines

(based on last game)

15 Agostino - 11 Hamilton - 18 Klimchuk
23 Shore - 27 Grant - 13 Elson
34 Smith - 46 Arnold - 21 Poirier
48 Van Brabant - 32 Lomberg - 20 Carroll

4 Kylington - 33 Nakladal
45 Johnson - 2 Kulak
7 Morrison - 5 Wotherspoon

31 Ortio
39 Poulin

Texas Stars Lines

(based on last game)

16 McKenzie - 23 Morin - 19 Ranford
10 Elie - 9 Dowling - 20 Ritchie
24 Hulak - 38 Dickinson - 27 Rallo

14 Smith - 28 Stransky
3 Lindell - 6 Honka
17 Bystrom - 4 Johns
5 Backman - 22 Evans
26 Mangene

30 Desrosiers
40 Muse

  • Rookie Devin Shore, who had been tied for second in the AHL in goals, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery just before Christmas.
  • Like their NHL counterpart, Texas scores a lot, tallying an AHL-best 139 goals. But, as mentioned above, have had some issues in the goals-against area.