San Diego Gulls 4, Ontario Reign 3
SOG: ONT 27, SD 23
PP: ONT 1/5, SD 0/3
ONT starters: G Jack Flinn, D Kurtis MacDermid, D Vincent LoVerde, LW Sam Herr, C Adrian Kempe, RW Sean Backman
SD starters: G Dustin Tokarski, D Brandon Montour, D Jaycob Megna, LW Kevin Roy, C Stefan Noesen, RW Corey Tropp
1) SD – Chris Wagner (1) (Andrew Welinski), 19:32
2) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (5) (Sean Backman, Paul LaDue), 7:10
3) SD – Kevin Roy (7) (Chris Wagner, Corey Tropp), 15:04
4) ONT – T.J. Hensick (6) (Kurtis MacDermid, Michael Mersch), 1:56
5) SD – Antoine Laganiere (4) (Chris Wagner, Brandon Montour), 3:46
6) SD – Kalle Kossila (3) (Corey Tropp), 6:32
7) ONT – Vincent LoVerde (5) (Michael Mersch, Justin Auger), 19:28
–The Reign dropped 6-5-4-0 and 1-1-0-0 this season in meetings with San Diego, which improved to 8-5-0-2 and won its sixth straight game. The Reign dropped to 4-5-4-0 against Pacific Division opponents.
–The Reign’s power play finished just 1-for-5, dropping to 15-for-56 (26.8 percent).
–Michael Mersch picked up two assists and now leads the Reign with eight assists (3-8=11).
–With a goal, T.J. Hensick leads the Reign in goals (6) and is tied for the team points lead (12) with Jonny Brodzinski (5-7=12).
–The Reign outshot San Diego 27-23. Mersch had a game-high six shots on goal.
–Goalie Jack Flinn finished with 19 saves on 23 shots in his first game since Nov. 11 with ECHL-Manchester and his first AHL games since Oct. 30. Overall, his AHL record is now 1-2-1-0.
–Chris Wagner, who was sent down by Anaheim to the Gulls earlier in the afternoon, had a goal and two assists.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned during line rushes:
Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Jonny Brodzinski
Sam Herr – Adrian Kempe – Sean Backman
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Justin Auger
Paul Bissonnette – Andrew Crescenzi – Michael Latta
Kurtis MacDermid – Vincent LoVerde
Rob Scuderi – Paul LaDue
Alex Lintuniemi – Zac Leslie
–Reign scratches for today are: D Damir Sharipzianov, D Zach Trotman (upper-body injury), C Patrick Bjorkstrand and LW Joel Lowry.
–Goalie Jack Flinn led the Reign out for warmups and will be appearing in his fourth AHL game this season. Flinn’s last game was on Nov. 11 with ECHL-Manchester and last AHL game was Oct. 30 vs. San Antonio, both wins.
–San Diego received some big-time reinforcements earlier today as defenseman Shea Theodore was sent down from the Ducks as was center Chris Wagner. Theodore has appeared in eight games for Anaheim this season, notching one assist, and Wagner’s line is 19 games / two goals.