Game 28: Reign 5, Stockton 4 (OT) + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 5, Stockton Heat 4 (OT)

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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:

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

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


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.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

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


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.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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.

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.