Ontario Reign 5, Stockton Heat 4 (OT)
SOG: ONT 38, STK 25
PP: ONT 3/6, STK 2/4
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Paul LaDue, D Kurtis MacDermid, LW Justin Auger, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
STK starters: G Jon Gillies, D Keith Aulie, D Kayle Doetzel, LW Hunter Shinkaruk, C Mark Jankowski, RW Morgan Klimchuk
1) STK PPG – Andrew Mangiapane (8) (Mark Jankowski, Linden Vey), 10:35
2) STK – Brett Kulak (1) (Hunter Smith, Jamie Devane), 16:33
3) ONT – Sean Backman (6) (Rob Scuderi, Brett Sutter), 18:10
4) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (9) (Mike Amadio, T.J. Hensick), 6:49
5) STK PPG – Andrew Mangiapane (9) (Matt Frattin, Mark Jankowski), 8:36
6) STK- Mark Jankowski (8) (Hunter Shinkaruk, Morgan Klimchuk), 15:31
7) ONT PPG – Teddy Purcell (4) (Paul LaDue, Mike Amadio), 14:49
8) ONT PPG – Adrian Kempe (7) (Zac Leslie, Vincent LoVerde), 16:04
9) ONT – Brett Sutter (7) (Sean Backman), 1:59
–The Pacific Division-leading Reign improved to 17-6-5-0 overall and 8-4-1-0 at home and extended their season-long winning streak to six games. Stockton kept on a five-game skid and dropped to 16-9-3-1. Ontario improved to 3-1-1-0 against Stockton this season.
–Michael Mersch missed his first game of the season after playing in the first 27. He’s a bit banged up, according to information obtained through team hockey operations by LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen. Head coach Mike Stothers was tight-lipped on the injury in his postgame interview.
–With an assist, T.J. Hensick extended his point streak to seven games (2 G, 8 A) and continues to lead the team in points with 26 (9-17=26). Teddy Purcell also extended his point streak to seven games (3 G, 8 A) with a goal and an assist.
–Goalie Jack Campbell made his 13th straight start and finished with 21 saves on 25 shots. His record improved to 14-3-2.
–With an assist on Purcell’s goal, Paul LaDue is now on a three-game point streak with three goals and two assists in that span.
–The penalty-packed second period featured nine minors (four for Ontario, five for Stockton) and two power play goals (Jonny Brodzinski for Ontario and Andrew Mangiapane for Stockton).
–Adrian Kempe’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the season and third in his last five games.
–The Reign outshot the Heat, 38-25. Kurtis MacDermid finished with a game-high five shots on goal.
–It was learned by LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen through team hockey operations that Mersch is a bit banged up and that’s the reason he’s out of the lineup tonight.
–Mike Stothers has been selected to represent the Pacific as the division’s head coach during the All-Star Classic, the AHL announced during the game.
–Notably missing from warmups was LW Michael Mersch, who will miss his first game this season. It’s been inquired about by LAKI/ORI to get an update on his status.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes:
Patrick Bjorkstrand – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Justin Auger – Adrian Kempe – Jonny Brodzinski
Sam Herr – Michael Latta – Joel Lowry
Damir Sharipzianov – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Rob Scuderi – Zac Leslie
–Tonight’s scratches for Ontario will be: D Alex Lintuniemi, F/D Paul Bissonnette, F Andrew Crescenzi, D Alexx Privitera, D Zach Trotman and of course, Mersch.
–Here’s some sound bites from head coach Mike Stothers previewing tonight’s game, courtesy of Joey Zakrzewski:
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 1, 2017