Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls on track for second-round collision in the AHL playoffs

The Kings and Ducks were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but there can still be a Freeway Series showdown this spring between their American Hockey League teams. The Kings’ affiliate, the Ontario Reign, and the Ducks club, the San Diego Gulls, are each one victory away from advancing to the Pacific Division final in the Calder Cup playoffs.

The Reign took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 series with a 3-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Barracuda in Game 3. Adrian Kempe scored two goals for the Reign, who can eliminate the Barracuda with a victory in Game 4 on Friday in Ontario.

The Gulls defeated the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 3 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in their series. Chris Wagner scored a goal and had two assists and Shea Theodore had three assists for the Gulls, who face Texas in Game 4 on Friday in San Diego.


Ducks assign forward Chris Wagner to San Diego of AHL

The Ducks on Tuesday assigned forward Chris Wagner to their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Wagner, 24, was scoreless with one shot on goal in Friday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche, his only appearance with the Ducks so far this season. He had two goals in four exhibition games, however.