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Calgary Wranglers game day: A chance to bounce back against the San Diego Gulls

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Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
7 months ago
The Calgary Wranglers are back this weekend for a back-to-back weekend series against two different opponents. Last weekend, they split their series against the San Jose Barracuda and look to bounce back after their first regulation loss of the season. While they start this series with an opponent they greatly outrank, they’ll still need to dig deep and find a way to score without some of their top-scoring talents and their MVP goaltender.

Projected lineups

Calgary
Rory Kerins – Cole Schwindt – Matt Coronato
Dryden Hunt  – Ben Jones – Adam Klapka
Emilio Pettersen – Clark Bishop – Mitch McLain
Lucas Ciona – Brett Sutter – William Stromgrem 
 
Jonathan Aspirot – Jordan Oesterle
Ilya Solovyov – Brady Lyle
Yan Kuznetsov – Colton Poolman
 
Oscar Dansk
Connor Murphy
 
San Diego
Pavol Regenda – Andrew Agozzino – Jacob Perreault
Nikita Nesterenko – Glenn Gawdin – Ben King
Brandon Tracey – Nathan Gaucher – Judd Caulfield
Josh Lopina – Travis Howe
 
Robert Carrick – Tristan Luneau
Olen Zellweger – Colton White
Tyson Hinds – Drew Helleson
Robert Hagg
 
Calle Clang
Alex Stalock
 

Leaders

Calgary 
Connor Zary – 6GP, 1G, 9A (Inactive on NHL call-up)
Adam Klapka – 8GP, 4G, 3A
Jeremie Poirier – 4GP, 1G, 6A (Injured)
 
San Diego
Trevor Carrick – 9GP, 2G, 7A
Pavol Regenda – 9GP, 6G, 2A
Andrew Aggozino – 9GP, 1G, 6A
 

Notes and expectations

The Wranglers’ two opponents this weekend actually played a mid-week match-up against each other on Wednesday night. The San Diego Gulls and Coachella Valley Firebirds faced off, and Coachella Valley won 4-2. The Firebirds scored three in the first period, then the Gulls scored twice in the second and the Firebirds struck again in the third to take it home. 
Going into this next game the Wranglers faced lineup shuffles once again this week. The first official transaction included Dryden Hunt being put on waivers on Wednesday. He cleared and is available for the Wranglers this weekend. He will likely slot in the first or second line and someone will be pushed out of the lineup as a result. We’ll have a better idea of the line combinations when the game starts. 
On Thursday, Dustin Wolf was called up to the Flames for the purpose of injury protection on their road trip. Jacob Markstrom missed a practice for maintenance so having Wolf as an option is in their best interest. To backfill the Wranglers’ goaltending vacancy, they called up Connor Murphy from the Rapid City Rush. 
If the netminders are to split these games because they are back-to-back nights, I imagine Murphy would start in this game. The Gulls are the easier opponent of the two teams and sit dead last in the Pacific Division. Dansk has played in two games so far this season and has a 1-0-1-0 record. They have been fortunate in the fact that Calgary hasn’t had any midweek games yet so the workload has not been super demanding so far. He will be better suited for an opponent like Coachella Valley if he doesn’t start in both. 
What started to show in Calgary’s game last weekend was their difficulties in scoring. The Flames’ struggles through the first couple months of the season have created a ripple effect down to the Wranglers. Currently, Connor Zary, Martin Pospisil, and Nick DeSimone are up with the Flames and their other top scorer, Jeremie Poirier is out long-term with an injury. This could be a pretty big issue this weekend when they’re used to having Wolf bail them out between the pipes. 
What has been a sore spot for the Wranglers in the limited adversity they have had, is some depth scorers pretty quiet at this point in the season. We’re eight games in and Emilio Pettersen and William Stromgren have yet to score a goal, Cole Schwindt hasn’t put up a point in four games and Ben Jones only has a single goal. Yes, Matt Coronato is down with the team now, but you can’t rely on one guy to light it up every game and carry the team. It will be nice to see some of those guys hopefully step up this weekend and get their game going.
Calgary looks to make it back in the win column starting on Friday against the San Diego Gulls at 8:00 p.m. MT. This game is available on AHL.tv to stream and FlamesNation contributors Mike Gould and I will have updates on X (formerly Twitter).

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