San Jose Barracuda 4, Ontario Reign 1
SOG: ONT 24, SJ 30
PP: ONT 0/3, SJ 0/4
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Paul LaDue, D Kurtis MacDermid, LW Brett Sutter, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
SJ starters: G Troy Grosenick, D Joakim Ryan, D Michael Brodzinski, LW Nikita Jevpalovs, C John McCarthy, RW Barclay Goodrow
1) SJ – Dan Kelly (1) (Buddy Robinson, Rourke Chartier), 7:47
2) ONT – Patrick Bjorkstrand (6) (T.J. Hensick, Kurtis MacDermid), 16:30
3) SJ – Nikolay Goldobin (12) (Daniel O’Regan, Julius Bergman), 13:43
4) SJ – Nikita Jevpalovs (8) (Michael Brodzinski, Barclay Goodrow), 3:42
5) SJ ENG – Barclay Goodrow (16) (Dan Kelly, Michael Brodzinski), 18:17
–The Reign (24-12-8-0) lost to the first-place San Jose Barracuda (27-11-1-3), who won their eighth straight game. The Reign are now 3-2-1-0 against the Barracuda this season. Ontario has dropped to third in the Pacific Division standings by virtue of this loss and San Diego’s 4-0 win over Bakersfield.
–The Reign were held to one goal, and lost by a 4-1 score, for a second straight game.
–Ontario’s power play, which ranks second in the AHL, dropped to 25.8 percent by going 0-for-3. The penalty kill finished a perfect 4-for-4 and improved to 79.7 percent.
–T.J. Hensick recorded an assist for a second straight game. Patrick Bjorkstrand has two goals in the last three games.
–Captain and All-Star defenseman Vincent LoVerde missed his first game of the season and head coach Mike Stothers revealed after the game that he suffered a mid-range body injury in the previous contest on Friday against San Diego. Stothers said LoVerde “could be back shortly if everything goes well.”
–Jonny Brodzinski’s younger brother Michael recorded two assists for the Barracuda.
–The Reign were outshot 30-24, including an 11-2 difference in the second period. Both Jonny Brodzinski and Justin Auger finished tied for a game-high five shots on goal.
–Goalie Jack Campbell made his 29th straight start and stopped 26 shots. His record dropped to 21-9-5.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in the first period, with some new looks up front, most notably Adrian Kempe moving back to center.
Brett Sutter – Adrian Kempe – Jonny Brodzinski
Patrick Bjorkstrand – T.J. Hensick – Sean Backman
Daniel Ciampini – Mike Amadio – Quentin Shore
Sam Herr – Andrew Crescenzi – Justin Auger
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Cameron Schilling – Zac Leslie
Damir Sharipzianov – Tom Gilbert
–The Reign will be without captain Vincent LoVerde, who is not on the ice for warmups.
–In net tonight, Jack Campbell (21-8-5; 2.66 GAA, .909 SV%) will take on Troy Grosenick (15-8-2; 2.09, .931).
–Defenseman Paul LaDue was returned to the Reign by the Kings on Saturday due to the Kings’ bye week.
–The Barracuda (26-11-1-3, .683 winning percentage) sit in first place in the Pacific Division and no matter the result tonight, the second-place Reign (24-11-8-0, .651) can not jump them in the standings. This is the sixth of eight meetings between the teams. The Reign hold a 3-1-1-0 season edge against the Barracuda, who enter riding a season-high seven-game win streak.