Tucson Roadrunners 5, Ontario Reign 4 (OT)
SOG: ONT 37, TUC 28
PP: ONT 1/5, TUC 3/6
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Vincent LoVerde, D Damir Sharipzianov, LW Teddy Purcell, C Mike Amadio, RW Justin Auger
TUC starters: G Adin Hill, D Zbynek Michalek, D Jarred Tinordi, LW Trevor Cheek, C Chris Mueller RW Christian Fischer
1) TUC PPG – Zbynek Michalek (1) (Jamie McBain, Ryan MacInnis), 4:45
2) TUC – Conor Garland (2) (Dakota Mermis, Ryan MacInnis), 16:16
3) TUC – Chris Mueller (4) (Zbynek Michalek, Trevor Cheek), 19:09
4) ONT – Mike Amadio (4) (Vincent LoVerde, Teddy Purcell), 19:24
5) ONT – Michael Mersch (5) (Sean Backman, Paul Bissonnette), 4:23
6) ONT PPG – Michael Mersch (6) (T.J. Hensick, Paul LaDue), 13:34
7) TUC – Kyle Wood (5) (Jamie McBain, Chris Mueller), 14:49
8) ONT – Jonny Brodzinski (7) (T.J. Hensick, Adrian Kempe), 15:12
9) TUC PPG – Christian Fischer (4) (Kyle Wood, Jamie McBain), :26
–The Reign dropped to 9-5-5-0 and had their three-game winning streak snapped as the Roadrunners broke a four-game losing streak and improved to 10-5-3-0. Overall, the Reign dropped to 2-1-2-0 vs. Tucson, 6-5-5-0 against Pacific Division opponents and 2-5 in games decided in overtime. The Reign are now 5-2-4-0 on the road this season and face Charlotte on a quick turnaround tomorrow night in Ontario at 6 p.m. Saturday will be a travel day so there will be no morning skate.
–Including this game, three of the teams’ five meetings have gone to overtime. The others: Dec. 7, 3-2 Reign win; Nov. 5, 5-4 Roadrunners win.
–Four goals were scored in the final 6:52 of the game (including overtime).
–The Reign never led, but tied the game twice at 3 and again at 4.
–The Reign’s penalty kill finished 3-for-6 and is now 69-for-89 (77.5 percent) on the season. The power play went 1-for-5 and dropped to 15-for-68 (22.1 percent).
–Goalie Jack Campbell started his fourth straight game and finished with 23 saves on 28 shots. His record fell to 6-2-2. Tucson goalie Adin Hill made 33 stops on 37 shots and improved to 3-0-0-0 in meetings with Ontario.
–Michael Mersch had two goals and now has three goals and two assists in his last five games. It was his first multi-goal game of the season.
–Captain Vincent LoVerde appeared in his 350th pro game and registered an assist on Amadio’s goal for his 14th point (5-9=14) of the season. LoVerde is tied for third in team points with Mersch.
–Mike Amadio’s goal in the second period was his fourth of the season. The rookie is now on a three-game point streak with a goal and two assists in that span.
–Jonny Brodzinski scored his 7th of the season and is tied with Hensick in that department. He leads the team in points with 17.
–With two assists, Hensick remains second in team points behind Brodzinski with seven goals and nine assists. Only Mersch has more assists with 10. Hensick now has a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists.
–With an assist on Amadio’s goal, Teddy Purcell has two points in two games with the Reign since being assigned to the AHL affiliate by the Kings.
–Adrian Kempe assisted on Brodzinski’s goal, his first point since going the previous eight games without one, dating back to Nov. 12 against Rockford.
–The Reign outshot Tucson, 37-28. Kempe and Hensick led all skaters with five shots on goal.
–Scratched tonight for the Reign are: D Alex Lintuniemi, F Patrick Bjorkstrand, D Rob Scuderi, F Michael Latta, D Zach Trotman.
–The Reign are 2-1-1-0 against Tucson this season but will face a goalie tonight in Adin Hill who was in net for both of their losses to the Roadrunners. The 6 p.m. PT game is also Tucson’s Teddy Bear Toss game.
–Tucson will play with just 17 skaters as Laurent Dauphin and Anthony DeAngelo will not be in the lineup.
–Here’s some audio bites put together by Joey Zakrzewki previewing tonight’s contest from head coach Mike Stothers and Jonny Brodzinski:
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) December 9, 2016
Pregame Quotes: FW Jonny Brodzinski & teammates look to execute "prefect road game" tonight vs. Tucson Roadrunnershttps://t.co/0xXc2Yxn5x
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) December 10, 2016