Ontario Reign 2, San Diego Gulls 1 (OT)
SOG: ONT 28, SD 39
PP: ONT 1/5, SD 1/6
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Vincent LoVerde, D Zac Leslie, LW Brett Sutter, C Mike Amadio, RW Jonny Brodzinski
SD starters: G Kevin Boyle, D Jaycob Megna, D Brandon Montour, LW Ryan Garbutt, C Kalle Kossila, RW Corey Tropp
1) ONT – T.J. Hensick (9) (Teddy Purcell, Michael Mersch), 19:22
2) SD PPG – Brandon Montour (7) (Tyler Morley, Austen Brassard), 12:29
3) ONT PPG – Paul LaDue (2) (Michael Mersch, Teddy Purcell), 4:20
–The Reign improved to 15-6-5-0 overall and 8-2-4-0 on the road as they defeated San Diego (11-11-2-1), which lost its seventh straight game. The Reign improved to 3-1-0-0 against San Diego this season and have now won four straight games for the first time this season. The Reign are now 9-1-1-0 in their last 11 and have won their last three games in overtime.
–Teddy Purcell (2 G, 6 A) and T.J. Hensick (2 G, 5 A) extended their point streaks to five games. Purcell had the primary assist on Hensick’s second period goal and the secondary assist on the game-winner by Paul LaDue. Brett Sutter (2 G, 1 A) and Adrian Kempe (2 G, 1 A) had their three-game point streaks snapped.
–Hensick’s goal was his ninth and tied him for the team lead with Michael Mersch. Hensick continues to lead the team in points with 23.
–Paul LaDue’s game-winner was his second goal of the season and his first game-winning goal.
–Goalie Jack Campbell made 37 saves, including 19 in the first period alone, to improve to 12-3-2. He made his 11th straight start.
–Mike Stothers coached his 250th pro game.
–Kurtis MacDermid collected his league-leading 20th minor penalty.
–The Reign were outshot, 39-28. Hensick finished with a team-high four shots on goal
–The Reign had scored three or more goals in their previous 11 games and saw that streak end.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned early in the first period:
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Jonny Brodzinski
Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Justin Auger – Adrian Kempe – Sean Backman
Joel Lowry – Michael Latta – Sam Herr
Zac Leslie – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Alexx Privitera
Damir Sharipzianov – Paul LaDue
–Goalie Jack Campbell (11-3-2) is in net tonight and will face Kevin Boyle (0-2-1), who is making his first start against Ontario.
–Scratched tonight for Ontario: D Alex Lintuniemi (injured), F Patrick Bjorkstrand, D Rob Scuderi, F/D Paul Bissonnette (injured), F Andrew Crescenzi (injured), D Zach Trotman
–Here’s some sound bites from Reign head coach Mike Stothers courtesy of Joey Zakrzewski to preview today’s game:
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) December 28, 2016