“Rancho Cucamonga night” is Feb. 20.

The Reign’s game on Saturday, Feb. 20, gets an unusual 6 p.m. start time and a unique promotion.

Called “Rancho Cucamonga Night,” $1 from every ticket bought through the Reign front office will be
donated to the Hearts for Arts Program at the Randall Lewis Family
Playhouse in Rancho.

The start time has been changed from the usual 7:00 p.m. puck drop to 6:00 p.m. due to a college hockey game between Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State, which will take place
immediately following the Reign game. Your ticket to the Reign game
will also be good for the college game.

Lombardi on Teubert, etc.

In an interview published today on Bleacher Report, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi discusses Colten Teubert, as well as many of the Kings’ prospects currently playing in the junior leagues.

Teubert joined the Reign late last season after his WHL season was over, and Lombardi talks about that.

We will follow up with Lombardi at some point about who might come to Ontario this season – but probably after the Olympics. Lombardi is an assistant GM for Team USA.

Never mind, Clune’s a King.

Just got out of the Kings’ morning skate which featured new fourth-liner … Richard Clune.

Turns out sending Clune to Ontario yesterday was merely a procedural move that allowed the Kings to fly him from Manchester (New Hampshire) to Southern California without using up an NHL roster spot. Brandon Segal was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars prior to today’s 9 a.m. deadline, thus opening up a roster spot for Clune, who was promptly assigned to the parent club – which was the plan all along.

Clune didn’t actually practice (or, obviously, play in a game) for the Reign but technically becomes the first player assigned directly from the Reign to the Kings.

Report: Clune to Reign.

Rich Hammond at LAKingsinsider.com reports that the Kings have assigned forward Richard Clune from AHL affiliate Manchester to the Reign.

A former third-round draft pick by the Dallas Stars, Clune had three goals, 12 points and 119 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Monarchs. His 19 major penalties led the team and were tied for fourth in the AHL.

The 5-foot-10, 198-pound left wing was acquired from Dallas for Lauri Tukonen in July 2008.

ECHL down a team for 2010-11.

Good news today for the Charlotte Checkers, who got the AHL call-up everyone in the ECHL dreams about. Except that, rather than one player, the whole franchise is getting promoted.

Checkers owner Michael Kahn announced today that the American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved his purchase of the AHL’s Albany River Rats franchise, as well as the team’s relocation to Charlotte to begin play in 2010-11.

According to the Naples News, the ECHL might look to place another team in the southeast. Charlotte currently plays in the four-team South Division of the American Conference. A three-team division would disrupt the symmetry of having five four-team divisions.

So how does this affect the Reign?

Not much, save for the fact that one fewer team in the ECHL — which recently dropped from 22 to 20 teams — would mean the quality of talent on each team goes up a little more. It becomes a moot point if the league can add a team between now and the summer.

The rich get richer.

The Stockton Thunder will play the Reign in an odd home-and-away series this Friday and Saturday, after splitting two games in Ontario last Friday and Saturday. They’ll have three new players (forward Kelly Czuy and defensemen Cody
Wild and Matt Nickerson) at their disposal, all recently assigned from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons.

Stockton has won seven of its past 11 games.

Read more in the Stockton Record.

Costly fight for McEwan.

Reign forward James McEwan landed on 21-day injured reserve today, a result of the hand injury he sustained in Saturday’s first-period fight with Stockton’s Garet Hunt. McEwan left the rink after the fight and was taken to a hospital. He’s out of the hospital but did not practice with the team on Monday.

The news was better for defenseman Mike Egener, who did take part in practice and is hopeful to return this weekend after missing Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury.
More news and notes in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin…

Reign 5, Stockton 3.

First the good news.

The Reign power play came alive; officially they were 2-for-8 with the man advantage, but Tony Voce’s first goal came two seconds after a 5-on-4 shift expired.

The penalty kill was equally impressive, killing 4 of 5 – including a total of 1:37 while down two men late in the third period.

Todd Jackson came back into the lineup and was officially awarded two assists in his debut game. That could be changed upon review; Michael Pelech insisted that he did not touch the puck that Jackson deposited on the goal line in the first period, even though the goal was credited to Pelech, who followed Jackson’s shot to make sure it counted.

The other goals were more clear-cut — Voce scored twice, Jon Francisco and Sean O’Connor scored once, and Curtis Darling stopped 29 of 32 on less than 24 hours’ rest.

Now the bad news: James McEwan was taken to a hospital after his first-period fight with Stockton’s James Bates. McEwan injured his hand in the fight and did not return to the game.

Prior to the game, defenseman Mike Egener went on three-day injured reserve with what Karl Taylor called a “lower body injury,” and was replaced on the blue line by Brian Kilburg. Taylor said there is no timetable yet for Egener to return from Friday’s injury, but 3-day IR certainly leaves more room for optimism than the 7- or 21-day IR.

Peter Lenes, who has not scored a goal since Dec. 12, was scratched for the first time all season in order to make room for Jackson.

More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

Friday’s postgame thoughts.

It’s the old maxim for teams on a losing streak: If they knew what they were doing wrong, they’d have fixed it by now.

If the Reign knew why they were only 1-2-1 to start their five-game homestand …

“I don’t know right now,” captain Jon Francisco said. “I’d like to pinpoint it as well. We’ve just got to make the simple plays, work through it, figure out what’s going on here and get that drive and determination that we’re sick of losing. It’s playoff time for us. We have to have that mindset.”
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