Game 4: Reign 4, Barracuda 1 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 4, San Jose Barracuda 1
Final (Reign win best-of-5 series, 3-1)

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SOG: ONT – 35; SJ – 19
PP: ONT – 0/2; SJ – 0/2

First Period
1) ONT – Nic Dowd (2) (Sean Backman, Kevin Gravel), 9:12

Second Period
2) SJ – Jeremy Langlois (1) (Barclay Goodrow, Ryan Carpenter), 9:58
3) ONT – Justin Auger (1) (Michael Mersch, Andrew Crescenzi), 13:12

Third Period
4) ONT – Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1) (Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi), 15:33
5) ONT ENG – Andrew Crescenzi (1) (Vincent LoVerde), 18:33

(1) Ontario Reign vs. (4) San Jose Barracuda
Friday, April 29, 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 Vincent LoVerde, D Kurtis MacDermid, LW Michael Mersch, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
ONT scratches: F Brett Sutter, F Ryan Horvat, D Nick Ebert, D Zach Leslie, F Spencer Watson, D Damir Sharipzyanov, F Matt Schmalz, G Jack Flinn, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Chaz Reddekopp, F Sam Herr

SJ starters: G Aaron Dell, D Gus Young, D Joakim Ryan, LW Scott Timmins, C Bryan Lerg, RW Trevor Parkes
SJ scratches: F Raffi Torres, F Petter Emanuelsson, F Gabryel Boudreau, D Patrick McNally, F Nikita Jevpalovs, F Jon Martin, F Daniel Doremus, F Frazer McLaren


–The Reign have won the best-of-5 series 3 games to 1 and advance to meet San Diego, victors over Texas, in the next round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. San Diego eliminated Texas in a 6-2 win on Friday night. Game 1 is Thursday night in Ontario and the series will feature a rare 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format. The Reign went 4-6-1-1 against San Diego in the regular season, the only team they had a losing record against.

–Nic Dowd, who had at least a point in all three wins, led the Reign in scoring in the series with two goals and two assists in the four games. Jonny Brodzinski (2 G, 1 A) and Andrew Crescenzi (1 G, 2 A) each had three points apiece. Crescenzi was also a team-high plus-4.

–In all, the Reign outshot the Barracuda 151-80 in the series.

–The Reign finished a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in the series and went 2-for-2 in Game 4.

–Peter Budaj improved to 3-1 in the playoffs by making 18 saves.

–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes during warmups:

Sam Herr – 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

–Jonny Brodzinski’s younger brother Michael, a defenseman, made his AHL playoff debut with San Jose and finished minus-2.


–Full highlights can be found here:

–Tough guys Paul Bissonnette and Alex Gallant drop the gloves 1:49 into the contest:

–Nic Dowd makes it 1-0, roofing a rebound for his second of the series in at 9:12 of the first period:

–San Jose ties the game after a long Barclay Goodrow shot is tipped by Jeremy Langlois and gets by Peter Budaj midway through the second period:

–Justin Auger puts the Reign back ahead at 2-1, 3:14 after the Barracuda tied it as he and Andrew Crescenzi battle to keep a Michael Mersch rebound alive. Auger finds it and buries it over Dell:

–Jordan Samuels-Thomas sends a laser over Dell’s glove after Auger chases down his chip-in and forces San Jose to cough up the puck in the third period to extend the Reign’s lead to 3-1:

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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.