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Ontario Reign vs Lake Erie Monsters - Game 2 Preview: Blackout the Bank Part Deux

The Reign dropped Game One of the series, allowing the Monsters to grab a 1-0 series lead.

Ontario Reign vs Lake Erie Monsters

Series: Reign trail 0-1 (best of 7)

Day: May 22, 2016 (Citizens Business Bank Arena)

Time: 7:00 PM PST

Listen: Mixlr

Watch: AHL Live

Recaps: Game One

Ontario Reign Lines

(Projected, based on last game)

Mersch - Dowd - Amadio

Lowry - Kempe - Backman

JST - Cresc - Auger

Horvat - Newbury - Bissonnette

Kurtis MacDermid – Vincent LoVerde
Derek Forbort – Kevin Gravel
Jeff Schultz – Zach Leslie

Peter Budaj

Michael Houser

Ontario scratches: F Brett Sutter, F Jonny Brodzinski, F Sam Herr, F Matt Leitner, G Jack Flinn, D Nick Ebert, D Kevin Raine, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Paul LaDue

  • Hockey ops announced today that Jonny Brodzinski had wrist surgery. Brodzinski has been out since the last game of the San Jose Barracuda series.
  • This is a pretty big blow to the Reign, who have managed to  get along fine without their budding sniper. However, with such a slim margin of error and a much more anemic offense than years prior, losing him for the summer is tough for the Reign.
  • Some uncharacteristic breakdowns defensively gave the Monsters a quick 3-1 lead in the second period. The final dagger came in the third period with an assist from burgeoning superstar Zach Werenski.
  • Per the Ontario Reign Insider, it was only the fourth time all season long that the Reign had allowed three goals in a period. As good as the Monsters are, it's not likely that they'll score three goals in one period on Ontario again.
  • Update: Sutter appears to be in, flanking Kempe and Backman. LaDue took warm-ups, but it looks like Ebert will skate with Schultz tonight. Horvat and Leslie are the odd men out tonight.
  • Per John Hoven, LaDue is in instead of Ebert.

Lake Erie Lines

(Projected, based on last night)
Broadhurst - Chaput - Zaar
Rychel - Tynan - Anderson
Hannikainen - Sedlak - Bjorkstrand
MIlan - Vogel Huber (A) - Craig(C)

Falk - Sifers (A)
Heatherington-Werenski
Kukan - Eminger

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: McCarthy, Cundari, Paliotta, Moutrey, Bittner, Yevenko
  • Forsberg was great in Game 6 of the Central Division finals and got the nod last night.
  • He held off the Reign and made 30 saves, quelling any late comeback hopes for the home team.
  • As predicted, Werenski was great in the first game of the series.
  • The most underrated team in the AHL showed up last night. The heavy favorites... Not so much.
  • Will Ontario be able to rein in Lake Erie or will the upset kids manage to use their speed to scare their way into the Calder Cup Finals?
  • Update: Paliotta taking warm-ups, and he's in for Sifers. Sifers was a regular this season, so perhaps he's banged up.