Slowly but surely, Bud Holloway seems to be punching his ticket back to the American Hockey League.
On Thursday, he recorded his first ECHL hat trick in the Reign’s 4-2 victory over the host Phoenix Roadrunners. In five games since being reassigned from the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H., Holloway has five goals and two assists. Jon Rheault contributed three assists, and Denny Johnston had two in his first game back from injured reserve.
The Reign never trailed in a close game, and Holloway’s third goal into an empty net with 11 seconds left provided the final score.
Andrew Martens scored the game’s first goal, his ninth of the season for the Reign. Jeff Zatkoff got the win, stopping 27 of 29 shots. The Reign come back home tomorrow night to play the ‘Runners for Part II of a stretch of three games in three nights.
The official scoresheet is here.