Ontario Reign 4, Stockton Heat 1
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
1) ONT PPG – Michael Mersch (10) (T.J. Hensick, Paul LaDue), 9:56
2) ONT – Sam Herr (3) (Michael Latta, Joel Lowry), 4:32
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
–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.
–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:
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) December 31, 2016