Game 3: Reign 3, Barracuda 1 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 3, San Jose Barracuda 1
Final (Reign lead best-of-5 series, 2-1)

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SOG: ONT – 43; SJ – 17
PP: ONT – 1/2; SJ – 0/2

First Period
1) ONT – Adrian Kempe (1) (Michael Mersch), 7:11

Second Period
2) ONT PPG – Nic Dowd (1) (Jonny Brodzinski, Derek Forbort), 2:34

Third Period
3) ONT – Adrian Kempe (2) (Kris Newbury, Jeff Schultz), 11:27
4) SJ – Nikolay Goldobin (2) (unassisted), 13:28

(1) Ontario Reign vs. (4) San Jose Barracuda
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 p.m. PT
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Referees: #8 Ryan Hersey, #41 Mark Lemelin
Linesmen: #98 John Grandt, #85 Steve Walsh
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ONT starters: G Peter Budaj, D Derek Forbort, D Kevin Gravel, LW Michael Mersch, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
ONT scratches: F Ryan Horvat, D Nick Ebert, D Zach Leslie, F Andrew Crescenzi, F Spencer Watson, F Sam Herr, D Damir Sharipzyanov, F Matt Schmalz, G Jack Flinn

SJ starters: G Aaron Dell, D Gus Young, D Joakim Ryan, LW Barclay Goodrow, C Scott Timmins, RW Ryan Carpenter
SJ scratches: F Raffi Torres, F Petter Emanuelsson, F Daniel Doremus, D Michael Brodzinski, F Alex Gallant, F Frazer McLaren


–The Reign aligned as such in pregame line rushes and throughout most of the game:
Brett Sutter – Nic Dowd – Sean Backman
Michael Mersch – Adrian Kempe – Jonny Brodzinski
Jordan Samuels-Thomas – Mike Amadio – Justin Auger
Joel Lowry – Kris Newbury – Paul Bissonnette

Kurtis MacDermid – Vincent LoVerde
Derek Forbort – Kevin Gravel
Jeff Schultz – Kevin Raine

–In Games 2 and 3, the Reign have held the Barracuda to just 15 and 17 shots respectively.

–The Reign have a chance to take the best-of-5 series in Friday’s Game 4 at 7 p.m. in Ontario.

–The Reign are 2-0 in this series when scoring the game’s first goal after finishing 31-2-1-0 when scoring first in the regular season.

–With two goals, Adrian Kempe joins Jonny Brodzinski and Kurtis MacDermid for the team lead with two goals in the series. Brodzinski and Nic Dowd each have three points for the team lead.

–The Reign came into Game 3 0-for-6 on the power play and scored on their first attempt in this game, finishing the night 1-for-2 on the man advantage.

–Peter Budaj improved to 2-1 in the series, making 16 saves in the win.

–Mike Amadio made his pro debut and had one shot on goal and finished at an even plus-minus rating.


–Full highlights can be found here:

–The Reign went up 1-0 on a tip-in goal by Adrian Kempe after a curl off the boards from Michael Mersch:

–Nic Dowd missed a penalty shot with 5:25 left in the first period after a San Jose player covered the puck in the crease. Dowd attempted a move to beat Aaron Dell five hole, but the Barracuda goalie made a pad save.

–Just 1:17 into the second period San Jose’s Trevor Parkes hit Sean Backman along the far wall just inside the Reign blue line, resulting in a 5-minute boarding major and a 10-minute game misconduct. Backman left the ice, but later returned after the Reign took a 2-0 lead on the ensuing power play. A Derek Forbort bid went off Jonny Brodzinski in front and Dowd found the puck in the slot and buried it at the 2:34 mark:

–Adrian Kempe makes it 3-1 at the 11:27 mark of the third period, keeping the puck on a 2-on-1 with Brodzinski to score opposite side high:

–Nikolay Goldobin scores the Barracuda’s only goal at 13:18 of the third period off a long shot through traffic:

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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.