San Antonio Rampage 5, Ontario Reign 1
SOG: ONT 21, SA 27
PP: ONT 1/5, SA 2/8
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Zach Trotman, LW Brett Sutter, C Patrick Bjorkstrand, RW Justin Auger
SA starters: G Spencer Martin, D Ryan Stanton, D Duncan Siemens, LW Joe Whitney, C Jim O’Brien, RW Gabriel Bourque
1) SA – Troy Bourke (1) (Mike Sislo), 17:54
2) ONT PPG – Mike Amadio (1) (Justin Auger, T.J. Hensick), 10:15
3) SA PPG – A.J. Greer (4) (J.T. Compher, Rocco Grimaldi), 19:21
4) SA – Garry Nunn (3) (Sam Henley), 2:08
5) SA PPG – Matt Lashoff (1) (Cody Corbett, Gabriel Bourque), 5:46
6) SA – Garry Nunn (4) (Sam Henley), 19:27
–With the loss the Reign drop to 3-3-3-0 overall (.500) and 1-1-1-0 at home. The Rampage improve to 5-7-0-0 (.417) and their win tied the season series at 1-1 after a 4-2 Reign win in San Antonio on Oct. 30.
–Jack Campbell finished with 22 saves on 27 shots in his first full game since Oct. 21.
–The Reign’s power play went 1-for-5, including a failed 5-on-3 late in the second period. The power play is now 34.3 percent, still good for first in the AHL. The penalty kill went 6-for-8 (70.8 percent on the season).
–Mike Amadio’s power play goal in the second period was his first goal of the season and his second point.
–In all, 101 penalties in minutes were handed out including game misconducts to both the Reign’s Andrew Crescenzi (charging on A.J. Greer in third) and San Antonio’s Sam Jardine (not having fighting strap on jersey in second). Reign defenseman Zach Trotman was issued 17 PIM for instigating a fight (2 min), fighting (5 min) and a misconduct (10 min) for going after Duncan Siemens in the first period after his hit on Sean Backman. Trotman did not return to the game and head coach Mike Stothers said afterwards that he suffered an upper-body injury, not during the fight but likely from the way he fell, and is unlikely to travel this weekend.
–Defenseman Paul LaDue led all Reign players with five shots on goal.
–Kurtis MacDermid delivered a massive open-ice hit on Jim O’Brien with just over five minutes left in the second period. MacDermid, who was not called for a penalty on the hit, was met by quickly by Sam Jardine for a fight.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in rushes during warmups:
Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Sean Backman
Adrian Kempe – Mike Amadio – Jonny Brodzinski
Brett Sutter – Patrick Bjorkstrand – Justin Auger
Sam Herr – Andrew Crescenzi – Michael Latta
Zac Leslie – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Alex Lintuniemi – Zach Trotman
–Tonight’s scratches for the Reign are: F Joel Lowry, F Paul Bissonnette, D Damir Sharipzianov, D Rob Scuderi and G Jonah Imoo.
–Goalie Jack Campbell will make his first start for the Reign since Oct. 21 against Texas.
–Head coach Mike Stothers said this is a “must-win game, because we need them, we need the points plain and simple. Time to make a move, I say, let’s put together a little streak here and let’s start is tonight. Below is the full audio from his pregame interview with Joey Z: