Calgary Wranglers Series Preview: One last dance in the Reign

Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
1 year ago
The Calgary Wranglers are back on the road after winning two games at home against the Colorado Eagles earlier this week. They will head to Ontario, CA to play the Reign in their last series of the regular season. The Wranglers have been very successful against this team this season with a 5-0-1-0 record on the year. Their two game set will kick off on Friday night and finish up on Sunday evening.

Projected Lineups

Dryden Hunt – Ben Jones – Matthew Phillips
Emilio Pettersen – Connor Zary – Cole Schwindt
Brett Sutter – Kevin Rooney – Clark Bishop
Mitch McLain – Adam Klapka – Alex Gallant
Ilya Solovyov – Nick DeSimone
Jeremie Poirier – Colton Poolman
Yan Kuznetsov – Josh Brook 
Dustin Wolf
Oscar Dansk
Lias Andersson – T.J. Tynan – Tyler Madden
Taylor Ward – Alan Quine – Samuel Fagemo
Aidan Dudas – Nate Schnarr – Martin Chromiak
Andre Lee – Samuel Helenius – Tyrell Goulbourne
Tobias Bjornfot – Helge Grans
Jacob Moverare – Cameron Gaunce
Kim Nousiainen – Tobie Bisson 
Cal Petersen
Matthew Villalta


Matthew Phillips – 52GP, 28G, 31A
Connor Zary – 58GP, 18G, 32A
Ben Jones – 57GP, 14G, 31A
T.J. Tynan – 56GP, 8G, 60A
Lias Andersson – 51GP, 23G, 23A
Jordan Spence – 50GP, 4G, 37A (Inactive on NHL call-up)

Notes and expectations 

The Wranglers have been a force to be reckoned with this season and were the first AHL team to hit 40 wins on Wednesday night. They are two points away from clinching a playoff berth and can do so as soon as Friday night if they win in any way. An overtime or shootout loss will hold off their clinching opportunity to at least the next game.
If you haven’t looked at the league stats lately, the Wranglers are still holding quite a presence in a variety of categories. Dustin Wolf has practically secured his goaltender of the year recognition once again with 33 wins on the season. That is 11 more than the next netminder behind him. He also leads the league in the save percentage category with a .927. His GAA puts him second in the league with a 2.25.
In the skater categories, Matthew Phillips sits fifth in the league in points and still leads the league in goals with 28. Jeremie Poirier has a six point lead among rookie defencemen with 38 points on the year. He also leads rookie defensemen in assists with 31. It’s not just the team as a whole that is placing them so high in the league. The individual efforts are really setting them apart from their competition. 
Players like Dryden Hunt and Kevin Rooney have looked very good in their last couple of games and while no one is on a crazy long point streak at the moment, their team contributions to scoring have helped keep them dangerous in their recent match-ups. If the Wranglers do not clinch on Friday, they won’t be too far away from doing so in the games following. 
This series will start on Friday night in Ontario with an 8:00 p.m. MT puck drop. It will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. MT puck drop. Both of these games can be streamed on AHL.tv and FlamesNation contributors Mike Gould and myself will have updates on Twitter.

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