Alex Turcotte returned to the Ontario Reign on March 22nd after being out for a little over a month with a lower-body injury that he sustained against the San Jose Barracuda on February 15th. In the past six days, he has appeared in all three of the Reign’s games: one against Tucson and two against Abbotsford.
Prior to his return, Ontario had lost 10 straight games by a total of 22 goals. But, since his return, the Reign are 3-0 and have won by a total of eight goals. The loss of Alex Turcotte in the lineup was certainly felt as the Reign struggled to find their way into the win column.
Now, the Reign are rolling and so is Alex Turcotte. In the three games he has appeared in, he has recorded an assist in each of the games. Last night, his point streak was on the line against the Abbotsford Canucks. He failed to record any points in regulation, but thankfully for Turcotte, the game went into overtime.
Once the game went into overtime, he recorded an assist on the game-winning goal scored by Tyler Madden, which successfully extended his point streak to three. He fired the puck on net and Madden tipped it in to seal the third straight win for the Reign and the second straight home game win.
There’s no doubt that Ontario Reign Head Coach Marco Sturm missed having the former 5th overall pick in the lineup. He has made an immediate impact for his team and looks to continue the success on Wednesday March 29th against the Colorado Eagles.
In 27 games with the Reign this season, Turcotte now has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points and a +/- of 8. So, positive things happen when he’s on the ice and the puck tends to end up in the back of the net when he has the puck on his stick, whether he scores or records a point off an assist.
Hopefully, he will be called up to the Los Angeles Kings sometime later this season or next season.