Reign rally, fall in OT again - LA Kings Insider

Reign game breakdown
The Reign clawed their way back to force overtime against the Rampage for a second straight day only to fall again in overtime, 2-1. Ontario defenseman Kevin Gravel scored from the point with 44 seconds left with goalie Ray Emery pulled to send the game to overtime. Goals came few and far between as the Rampage had scored 24 seconds into the game to open things. In the wild 3-on-3 overtime, Ben Street buried a pass from Andrew Agozzino on a 2 on 1 at 3:15 of the extra period.
A look at Street’s GWG:

Best quote

Nic Dowd: “It’s just how it goes with this overtime, nothing to hang our heads about. I think we did a lot of good things today and I think losing a doing a lot of good things is way better than losing and doing a lot of bad things.

Three stars
–Calvin Pickard – The Rampage goalie’s 21 saves (in the first period alone) kept the Reign off the board where it could have been easy to break after the workload he dealt with Friday night. Pickard stopped all but one of the 37 shots he faced.
–Kevin Gravel – The Reign D-man rifled a shot past Pickard (who seemed nearly unbeatable) with 44 seconds left in regulation to make this an entirely new game. Gravel’s goal, his second of the season, kept the Reign unbeaten in regulation this season.
–Ray Emery – Can’t fault the netminder in his Reign debut, particularly with his third-period efforts while his teammates pushed for the equalizer. After facing just 8 shots through the first two periods, Emery had to stop 11 in the third and really had no chance in Street’s game-winner.

Turning point
–With 1:39 left in regulation the Reign put an extra attacker on as Emery skated to the bench. The result was Gravel tying the game off a behind-the-back pass from Backman at the near board.

Stat fact
–4 – The Reign were scoreless on all four of their power plays, and looked lackluster at times, in a game where they desperately needed to get on the board.

Next up
Reign are bus-bound up I-5 as they face the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the SAP Center. Just last weekend the Barracuda were in Ontario, dropping a 3-0 contest.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.