the LA Kings are having a successful season, gearing up for a long playoff streak as the Ontario reign hope for the same in the second half of the 2021-22 AHL season. However, could this be the last we see of Team Reign as they are? Mainly the goalkeeping tandem and what it could look like next season.
The kingdom had Matt Villalta, Garret Sparkle, Jacob Inghamand Lukas Parik sometimes between the pipes this season. However, they might miss out on two of the four members of the organization this summer as they could sign elsewhere, leaving the reigns with questions ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Villalta, 22 years old, who will be FRG after this season, has been remarkable and especially for the success of the team this year. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound goaltender is having an all-star season with a 17-3-6 record, 2.62 GAA and .914 save percentage with Ontario.
Prospect Jacob Ingham, who will also be RFA after the 2022-23 season, is 21 and has switched between Ontario, going 2-2-2 with a GAA of 4.29 and a save % of .861, and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, where he has a 5-3-2 record and a GAA of 3.22 and save percentage of .895.
Another youngster, Lukas Parik, 20, has also spent time with Ontario and the Quick City Rush of the ECHL. For Ontario, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Parik is 3-0-1 with a 3.50 GAA and .893 save percentage. For Rapid City, he is 10-6-5 with an average of 2.57 and a save percentage of .921.
Group veteran, 6-foot-3, 201 pounds Garret Sparks, is 28 and could be a UFA after the season. With Ontario reigning, he’s 5-4-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .893 save percentage.
Sparks and Villalta are the key players here, either they will re-sign with the organization or they will choose to sign elsewhere and start a new challenge. These two could also be part of an upcoming trade on Deadline Day, especially Villalta, who has performed well in the AHL and is still young.
Don’t be surprised if the goalkeeping duo for the 2022-23 season is Ingham and Parik. The Kings are getting young at both forward and defense, and it might be time for the club to take that route in Ontario. If Villalta and Sparks actually leave, it wouldn’t be an awful tandem for next season.