October 30: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

Here’s today’s Sunday edition of Bus Texts with Stothers as you all are likely now watching the Kings game and/or the World Series!

Reign 4, San Antonio 2
Sean Backman scored a power play goal and an empty net goal in the third period as the Reign salvaged their three-in-three road swing with a win in their final contest at San Antonio. After trailing 1-0 after the first on a goal by Mike Sislo, the Reign answered with two goals in the second, a point blast from Kurtis MacDermid and a redirect goal by Sam Herr for a 2-1 lead. Adversity hit early in the third as while Adrian Kempe was already serving a 2-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the end of the second, Sean Backman and Andrew Crescenzi took cross-checking penalties in the first 1:47, resulting in an elongated 5-on-3 kill. The Rampage capitalized with a Sam Jardine one-timer that beat goalie Jack Flinn at 3:28 and tied the score. But after the game started with eight minors for Ontario to the Rampage’s 1, San Antonio was whistled for two in the third, the second being the one Backman converted on. Backman buried a rebound of a Jonny Brodzinski shot at 12:45 and the veteran iced the game with an empty-netter with 57 seconds left in regulation. Flinn made 19 saves for his first AHL win.

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ORI: Team really was able to persevere late after some adversity early in the third. How important was it to just end this trip with a win?
Stothers: I was really impressed with the way we played the last two games. Full 60 minutes of detailed hockey. Totally dialed in in every situation. Not sure about the adversity you are referring to in the third?
ORI: 5 on 3s?
Stothers: Oh that!! The fact that we were given 17 minors to the oppositions 6 in the last two games. Had the same ref two nights in a row. I can sum that up for you in two words. One rhymes with “course” and the other rhymes with “hit”
ORI: I think I’m following you … Hmmm … Three in threes don’t come all that often for your team anymore but have there been positives to take from this busy road trip?
Stothers: We played the way we need to play! It was fun to watch and for the players it was hard to play but well worth the effort. Road trips are not a bad way to start the season. Gets the guys together.
ORI: Good to have Dusty on the bench and not needing him on the ice, at least not yet?
Stothers: Dusty wasn’t needed and that’s a good thing. It means Flinner stayed healthy which hasn’t been easy for the organization’s goalies of late. We will look to address it further when we get back to Ontario.

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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.