December 18: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

Today’s Bus Texts with Stothers comes as the Reign head coach is one of the lone members on the bus as many of his players and team personnel are flying out of San Jose and back to wherever it is they may be spending the holiday break.

Reign 4, San Jose 3 (OT)
Michael Mersch blasted a slap shot from the slot on the power play at 1:07 of overtime on a set-up by Teddy Purcell and the Reign carried over an impressive third period comeback into the extra frame for another win. Ironically, it was San Jose’s power play that was the story as they went 3-for-3 in regulation and the Reign went 0-for-3. The Reign took an early 1-0 lead on a first period goal by Teddy Purcell but San Jose converted on its first two power plays (Joakim Ryan from the point and Adam Helewka off his chest and in) to make it 2-1 after one. Adrian Kempe scored on a Justin Auger rebound in the second to tie the game, but a 5-minute kneeing major/game misconduct to captain Vincent LoVerde resulted in yet again another power play goal for Helewka, who netted a beneficial bounce off the backboards. In a mostly-tame third, the Reign capitalized late as Brett Sutter flew in to the slot and buried a T.J. Hensick rebound. The Barracuda took a too-many-men call early in OT resulting in a faceoff win by Hensick and sustained pressure before Mersch’s mark.

ORI: Sort of ironic after the way the game went that a power play goal would win it for you all, and a Mersch slap shot at that?
Stothers: Special teams were a factor in this one. We couldn’t catch a break to kill a penalty tonight. First two against hit sticks and deflect in and the third one is a shot that went wide but came off the backboards right onto their stick. Tough breaks but we kept plugging away and took advantage of a PP in overtime. Mersch from the slot with a bomb that was bar down. Would not have predicted that of him. He is usually pushing pucks past the goalie from his belly.
ORI: Did you like Kempe’s goal too and his general play into the break? Seems like he is finding ways to open ice out there.
Stothers: Sure I liked Kempe’s goal. I like all our goals. Got to score to win. Kempe has been playing with the puck more. He has it on his stick instead of chasing it shift after shift. He is challenging opponents with his speed better, and getting into the scoring areas longer. Good for him.
ORI: Already 24 games through and now going into the break, any thoughts on this first part of the season and how the team has progressed along the way?
Stothers: Proud of this group, very proud of what they have accomplished. We push each other hard every day to get better. They don’t resist it, they embrace it! We will enjoy the time off to enjoy what Christmas is all about…family. These guys works hard every day, and miss out on a lot of special family events and functions. Important for them to go home and give mom and dad a hug, be a kid again. Christmas brings out the kid in us all.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.