Game 27: Reign 4, Stockton 1 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 4, Stockton Heat 1
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SOG: ONT 30, STK 34
PP: ONT 2/5, STK 1/5

ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Paul LaDue, D Kurtis MacDermid, LW Justin Auger, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
STK starters: G David Rittich, D Keith Aulie, D Kenney Morrison, LW Brandon Bollig, C Ryan Lomberg, RW Emile Poirier

FIRST PERIOD
1) ONT PPG – Michael Mersch (10) (T.J. Hensick, Paul LaDue), 9:56

SECOND PERIOD
2) ONT – Sam Herr (3) (Michael Latta, Joel Lowry), 4:32

THIRD PERIOD
3) STK PPG – Brandon Bollig (8) (Kenney Morrison, Hunter Shinkaruk), 7:56
4) ONT PPG – Paul LaDue (3) (Sean Backman, T.J. Hensick), 14:58
5) ONT ENG – Paul LaDue (4) (Teddy Purcell), 19:59

POSTGAME NOTES

–The Reign improved to 16-6-5-0 overall and 9-2-4-0 on the road as they defeated Stockton (16-9-2-1), which lost its fourth straight game. The Reign moved into first in the Pacific Division and won their fifth straight game. They improved to 2-1-0-0 against Stockton this season.

–With two assists, T.J. Hensick extended his point streak to six games (2 G, 7 A) and continues to lead the team in points with 25 (9-16=25).

–Michael Mersch became the first player on the team to hit the 10-goal mark with his first period power play goal.

–Paul LaDue had a two-goal game (including the empty-netter) and now has three goals in the last two games.

–Teddy Purcell (2 G, 7 A) extended his point streak to six games with his late assist on LaDue’s ENG.

–Goalie Jack Campbell made 33 saves to improve to 13-3-2. He made his 12th straight start.

–The Reign were outshot, 34-30. LaDue finished tied for a game-high five SOG.

VIDEO

PREGAME NOTES

–Defenseman Alex Lintuniemi will be back in the lineup, head coach Mike Stothers told ORI earlier today. Lintuniemi has missed the last 10 games and has not played since December 12 due to a lower-body injury.

–Goalie Jack Campbell will start for the Reign, and David Rittich for Stockton.

–Tonight’s scratches for the Reign: D Damir Sharipzianov, F Patrick Bjorkstrand, F/D Paul Bissonnette, F Andrew Crescenzi, D Alexx Privitera, D Zach Trotman.

–Here’s some sound bites from Reign head coach Mike Stothers courtesy of Joey Zakrzewski to preview today’s game:

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

Bio

Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C

Bio

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.
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