Former Reign forward Aaron Lewadniuk probably planned on making three trips to Ontario before this season ended — two in February, one in March. Now he figure to make just one, on Monday.
The Idaho Steelheads traded Lewadniuk to the Bakersfield Condors on Thursday for forward Michael Gergen. The struggling Condors (8-24-3-1), already 13 points behind the Steelheads for the seventh and final playoff position in the ECHL’s Western Conference, visit the Reign for a rare 1 p.m. game Monday at CBBA. That is Bakersfield’s only road game against the Reign the rest of the way; the Condors also host the Reign Jan. 27 and 28.
Lewadniuk has seven goals and six assists in 31 games this season for the Steelheads. In his first game against his former team, Lewadniuk scored a goal last Friday in a 5-1 loss to the Reign — the only goal the Reign have allowed in their last four games.
Incidentally: Geoff Irwin, the player Lewadniuk was traded for, has eight goals and 10 assists in 30 games this season.
Here are some facts and figures that didn’t make the game story from the Reign’s latest blowout, a 6-0 shutout against Las Vegas last night:
- The team’s current streak of seven games with at least a point (6-0-0-1) is third in the ECHL among active streaks. The Alaska Aces have points in 10 straight games (7-0-1-2) and the Elmira Jackals have points in nine straight (9-0-0-0).
- Kyle Kraemer (goal, assist, crossbar) has assists in five straight games, which is tied for the longest active streak in the league with Chicago’s Kyle Ostrow.
- C.J. Stretch (goal, assist) moved into a tie for fourth place in the ECHL scoring race (17 goals, 23 assists, 40 points) with Las Vegas’ Adam Miller.
- Chris Carrozzi’s third shutout of the season moved him into a four-way tie for second among ECHL goalies. Carrozzi lowered his goals-against average to 2.37, which ranks fifth in the league among eligible goalies. Carrozzi’s GAA since coming to the Reign is a miniscule 2.06.
- Francois Brisebois’ assist moved him into a tie for sixth in points (10+15=25) among ECHL rookies.
- Steven Tarasuk’s two goals moved him into sixth among ECHL defensemen in points (5+18=23).
- As a team, the Reign rank second in the league in penalty-kill efficiency (86.3%) after killing all nine Wranglers penalties last night.
- By scoring three times in the third period, the Reign matched the Colorado Eagles with a league-leading 45 goals in the third period on the season.
- The Reign moved past the Gwinnett Gladiators into third in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.68).