They see me rollin'. They hatin'.
- Jul 28, 2004
Thus far, 2024 has started out exactly as Reign coach Marco Sturm had hoped. The team has played one game, and they have one win.
With a 2-0 shutout of the visiting San Jose Barracuda on Friday night, rookie goalie Erik Portillo earned his second victory of the season over San Jose. Now, Sturm will turn the crease over to Jacob Ingham for tonight’s rematch between the two clubs.
Last weekend in Henderson, Ingham earned his first AHL victory in nearly two years. The past 18 months have been a harrowing experience for LA’s 23-year-old prospect. He recently joined Kings Of The Podcast to talk about his knee surgery, back surgery, and serious car accident.
Big congrats to Kings goalie prospect Jacob Ingham who picked up the win in Ontario's 7-1 victory at Henderson tonight. Stopped 39/40 SOG.
It was Iggy's first AHL start since Feb. 2022. His revenge tour started in Vegas at Rookie Faceoff in Sept., continued tonight.
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) December 31, 2023
With that game played on the road, tonight will mark Ingham’s triumphant return to Toyota Arena.
How long he remains up with the club is still to be determined, something we broke down in article here earlier today:
As noted in yesterday’s pre-game article, forward Alex Turcotte is not expected to play tonight. However, he is said to be making progress in his return from a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandt Clarke is also unavailable, as he is with the Kings on their six-game road trip.
Sturm will have Akil Thomas at his disposal, though — and he’ll be happy to play him. Thomas, who was roommates with Ingham last season and the duo spent a lot of time together while recovering from their injuries (‘Iggy’ actually shared several great stories about Thomas during the aforementioned KOTP episode). Like Ingham, the 24-year-old forward is now fully recovered and having a fine season. Thomas is currently riding a three-game point steak against the Barracuda, having recorded multi-point nights in the last two (with a goal and assist in each of those games).
The Reign penalty kill also remains hot of late. They haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games.
REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. BARRACUDA
Lee – Tynan – Fagemo
Ward – Thomas – Madden
Hudon – Pinelli – Chromiak
Francis – Helenius – Doty
Other options include: Burke, Hodgson
Moverare – Haiskanen
Nousiainen – Santini
Krygier – Wylie
Other options include: Connauton, Inamoto, Martin
Puck drop is scheduled for 6pm Pacific Time and the game can be viewed FOR FREE on AHL TV.