March 16: Reign 3, Barracuda 2 (OT) + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 3, San Jose Barracuda 2 (OT)

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SOG: ONT – 16; SJ – 30
PP: ONT – 2/4; SJ – 0/5

First Period
1) SJ – Jeremy Langlois (Jeremy Morin), 12:25

Second Period
2) ONT PPG – Sean Backman (18) (Kevin Gravel, Nic Dowd), 12:54

Third Period
3) ONT PPG – Adrian Kempe (10) (Kevin Gravel, Sean Backman), 10:21
4) SJ – Byran Lerg (17) (Dylan DeMelo, Karl Stollery), 19:27

5) ONT – Vincent LoVerde (11) (Michael Mersch), :23

Ontario Reign (35-14-4-1, .694 win %) vs. San Jose Barracuda (26-21-6-3, .545)
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. PT
SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Referees: #19 Tim Mayer, #34 Stephen Reneau
Linesmen: #21 Alexander Ledovskiy, #83 Andrew Norris
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ONT starters: G Peter Budaj, D Derek Forbort, D Kevin Gravel, LW Andrew Crescenzi, C Brett Sutter, RW Jonny Brodzinski
ONT scratches: D Zach Leslie, F Paul Bissonnette, D Nick Ebert, F Joel Lowry

SJ starters: G Joel Rumpel, D Gus Young, D Joakim Ryan, LW Jeremy Morin, C Nikolay Goldobin, RW Jeremy Langlois
SJ scratches: G Troy Grosenick, F Raffi Torres, F Frazer McLaren, D Rick Pinkston, D Patrick McNally, F Barclay Goodrow

Notes and video

–The Reign improved to 9-2-0-0 against SJ this season.

–Peter Budaj made 28 saves to pick up his league-leading 34th victory.

–Vincent LoVerde’s goal was his fourth game-winner of the season and second in overtime.

LoVerde took Michael Mersch’s shot off the back boards and tipped in by Rumpel. Watch it here, thanks to Sheng Peng:

–Sean Backman’s second period goal was originally credited to Mersch, but correctly changed after the game. With that, Backman reaches 50 points.

–Kevin Gravel recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season by assisting on both goals in regulation.

–The Reign had just 2 shots on goal in the first period, tying a season low in the opening period. They also had 2 SOG in the first period against Texas on Jan. 17, a 2-1 Ontario win.

–With SJ’s goalie pulled, the Reign gave up a goal to Bryan Lerg with just 32.4 seconds left in regulation:

–Brett Sutter played in his 600th career AHL game.

–The Reign held San Jose at 0-for-9 on the power play in the two-game series.

–The Reign were held scoreless on the power play in the last three games before Backman’s second period goal on the man advantage.

–San Jose’s starting goalie Joel Rumpel was playing in just his second AHL game. He’s a college teammate of Mersch at the University of Wisconsin.

–Adrian Kempe’s goal was his second in the last three games after going scoreless in his previous 17. Kempe recently missed four games due to an upper-body injury but returned last Saturday against San Diego.

Video of said goal:

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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.