Ontario Reign 7, San Jose Barracuda 2
SOG: ONT 33, SJ 26
PP: ONT 3/7, SJ 0/5
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Vincent LoVerde, D Damir Sharipzianov, LW Daniel Ciampini, C Brett Sutter, RW Justin Auger
SJ starters: G Mantis Armalis, D Joakim Ryan, D Jacob Middleton, LW Bryan Moore, C John McCarthy, RW Alex Schoenborn
1) ONT – Sam Herr (5) (Alex Lintuniemi, Kurtis MacDermid), 4:03
2) ONT PPG – Paul LaDue (5) (Teddy Purcell, T.J. Hensick), 7:01
3) SJ – John McCarthy (7) (Patrick McNally, Adam Helewka), 13:05
4) SJ – Marcus Sorensen (12) (Jacob Middleton, Joakim Ryan), 8:33
5) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (11) (Adrian Kempe), 13:47
6) ONT – Teddy Purcell (5) (T.J. Hensick, Sean Backman), 4:40
7) ONT – Vincent LoVerde (6) (Daniel Ciampini, Sam Herr), 6:26
8) ONT – Jonny Brodzinski (12) (Brett Sutter, Mike Amadio), 6:52
9) ONT – Mike Amadio (7) (Adrian Kempe, Andrew Crescenzi), 19:12
–With the win, Ontario (20-9-6-0, .657 winning percentage) took over first place in the Pacific Division once again. They improved to 3-1-1-0 against San Jose (19-11-1-3, .618).
–The Reign’s seven goals established a new season-high. Ontario scored six goals in a 6-5 overtime win vs. Texas in their home opener on Oct. 21 of last year.
–T.J. Hensick recorded his 500th AHL point, becoming the 90th player in league history to reach that mark. His assist on Paul LaDue’s first period power play goal got him to 500 and he made it to 501 with an assist on Teddy Purcell’s third period goal. The veteran leads the Reign with 30 points (10-20=30).
–Jonny Brodzinski scored two goals for his first multi-goal game of the season and second of his pro career. He now leads the Reign with 12 goals.
–Sam Herr recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, fight, assist, in that order). It was his first multi-point game of his pro career.
–The Reign improved to 10-5-1-0 at home.
–Ontario’s power play went 3-for-7 and is No. 2 overall in the AHL at 27.5 percent. Their penalty kill finished 5-for-5 to improve to 77.1 percent.
–Goalie Jack Campbell made his 20th straight start and stopped 24 shots as his record improved to 17-6-3.
–Six players had multi-point games for the Reign: Adrian Kempe (two assists), Hensick (two assists), Mike Amadio (one goal, one assist), Brodzinski (two goals), Teddy Purcell (one goal, one assist) and Sam Herr (one goal, one assist).
–With this assist tonight, Backman is now on a three-game point streak (1-2=3).
–The Reign outshot San Jose, 33-26, and were led by Daniel Ciampini with six shots on goal.
–Reign captain Vincent LoVerde left the ice after this play as he chased the puck in with Barracuda forward Colin Blackwell late in the second period and went hard into the end boards. He returned for the start of the third period.
LoVerde gets caught in a traffic jam. Blackwell and possibly Campbell's stick, the captain leaves game, hopefully he returns pic.twitter.com/8VVQMNDaxv
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) January 22, 2017
–With an assist on Paul LaDue’s first period power play goal, center T.J. Hensick recorded his 500th AHL point, becoming the 90th player in league history to do so.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned during rushes:
Jonny Brodzinski – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Adrian Kempe – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Daniel Ciampini – Brett Sutter – Justin Auger
Sam Herr – Andrew Crescenzi – Patrick Bjorkstrand
Damir Sharipzianov – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Alex Lintuniemi – Zac Leslie
–Scratched tonight: D Rob Scuderi, F/D Paul Bissonnette, F Michael Mersch, F Joel Lowry, D Zach Trotman, D Alexx Privitera.
–The Kings acquired D Cam Schilling from the Blackhawks this afternoon in exchange for F Michael Latta. Schilling is expected to be assigned to Ontario.
–In case you missed it from this morning, there was an update on Mersch’s injury.
–Goalie Jack Campbell (16-6-3; 2.66 GAA, .908 SV%) will be making his 20th straight start tonight and he’ll face Mantas Armalis (10-2-2; 2.47 GAA, .908 SV%) on the other end.