They see me rollin'. They hatin'.
- Jul 28, 2004
Coaches and players will often direct questions about individual performances toward comments about ‘team’ and the group as a whole. In that vein, today is all about the visiting team, not about who is or is not playing for the Ontario Reign.
Across the ice on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Arena will be the visiting Colorado Eagles — a team that has probably cost GM Rich Seeley and coach Marco Strum to lose quite a bit of sleep. The Eagles have not only knocked the Reign out of the Calder Cup playoffs three years running (including a sweep in the first round last season), they also took both games against Ontario last weekend in Colorado by identical scores of 5-3.
Kings prospect Alex Turcotte had a goal in one of those games and three assists in the other. On the season, he’s at nearly a point-per-game pace, posting 10 points in 11 games.
Fellow LA prospect Brandt Clarke had an assist in his first visit to Colorado last weekend. Then, in the two games played by Ontario after, he picked up his third goal of 2023-24, along with an additional assist. That gave the 24-year-old blueliner a total of nine points in 11 AHL games, tops among all Reign defensemen.
After serving as a healthy scratch in LA last night, look for Jaret Anderson-Dolan to play for the Reign again on Sunday afternoon. He suited up on Friday night, playing on the top line with T.J. Tynan and Tyler Madden. Sturm may be tweaking the lines a bit today, so we’re not quite sure where JAD will slot in vs. the Eagles. During his one previous game with Ontario this year, he played at LW3, so nearly anything is possible. We’re assuming a tinkering with the second and third lines as most likely, which is what’s reflected below.
After checking in with a few sources this morning, it sounds like forward Samuel Fagemo is not expected to play on Sunday. He should rejoin the Reign for practice this week and be ready to go in their next game, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17 vs. Calgary.
Fagemo wouldn’t be the only addition to Sturm’s lineup that night either. If you missed this note a few days ago, here’s the latest on forward Andre Lee:
Kings prospect Andre Lee was having a fantastic training camp, only to suffer a knee injury that sidelined him for about a month. We’re happy to report that he skated with the Ontario Reign in a red jersey on Wednesday and there were reportedly no issues. From what we understand, the plan is to have him be a full participant in practice on Saturday (i.e. without the red jersey). If all goes well, he’s on track to make his season debut next Friday vs. the Calgary Wranglers.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. COLORADO EAGLES
JAD – Tynan – Madden
Chromiak – Turcotte – Hudon
Maltsev – Thomas – Ward
Pinelli – Helenius – Doty
Other options include: Fagemo, Hodgson, Pavlychev
Moverare – Clarke
Nousiainen – Santini
Krygier – Connauton
Other options include: Hicketts, Wylie
Puck drop is scheduled for 3pm Pacific Time and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.