The Reign play four straight at home beginning tonight against the Bakersfield Condors, and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to write anything resembling that. They’ve played only one home game in the last two-and-a-half weeks and have had only one homestand longer than three straight all season.
Catching up on who we might and might not see tonight, then, here’s how they skated this morning:
Alex Bourret – Jordan Morrison – Chaz Johnson
Shawn Collymore – Michael Pelech – Aaron Lewadniuk
Brett O’Malley – Dusty Collins – Kyle Kraemer
C.J. Stretch – Justin Taylor – James McEwan
Lane Caffaro – Shawn Germain
Pat Bowen – David Walker
Alan Dorich – Doug Krantz
Off the ice were defensemen Chad Starling (lower body), Luke Beaverson (lower body), Eric Doyle (upper body) and forward Jeff Corey (upper body). Including center Jon Francisco, who’s out for the season, that’s a rather essential group of five players on the shelf.
The personnel changes give a writer plenty of catching up to do. New acquisition Alex Petizian took part in the morning skate, but Beau Erickson was the first goalie off the ice and will get the start tonight.
Petizian has had an interesting season without much playing time – he’ll get his own blog entry in a bit here – and you can’t help but feel good for a guy who got off an airplane today and described this as “T-shirt and shorts weather.”