Ontario Reign 3, Iowa Wild 1
SOG: ONT 27, IA 21
PP: ONT 1/2, IA 0/2
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Zac Leslie, D Cameron Schilling, LW Jonny Brodzinski, C T.J. Hensick, RW Devin Setoguchi
IA starters: G Alex Stalock, D Mike Reilly, D Maxime Fortunus, LW Colton Beck, C Tyler Graovac, RW Sam Anas
1) ONT PPG – Brett Sutter (10) (Sean Backman, Alexx Privitera), 12:51
2) ONT – Sean Backman (9) (Brett Sutter, Mike Amadio), 19:04
3) ONT – Jonny Brodzinski (19) (T.J. Hensick), 9:38
4) IA SHG – Teemu Pulkkinen (17) (unassisted), 16:52
–The Reign improved to 25-12-8-0 and prevented a three-game skid with the win over the Wild, which dropped to 25-21-5-2. Ontario improved to 2-0-0-0 against Iowa, 5-0-0-0 against Central Division opponents and 14-6-2-0 at home this season.
–Ontario (.644 winning percentage) remains in third in the Pacific Division behind first-place San Jose (.698) and second-place San Diego (.659).
–Reign coach Mike Stothers earned his 150th pro coaching win.
–Goalie Jack Campbell played his his 30th straight game and was 3:08 away from his second shutout of the season. He made 20 saves to see his record improve to 22-9-5.
–The Reign improved to 17-4-5-0 when scoring first and 18-0-2-0 when leading after two periods.
–Kurtis MacDermid skated in his 100th game as a pro, all with Ontario.
–Goal droughts were busted for both Brett Sutter (12 games) and Sean Backman (10 games). Each player had a goal and an assist.
–Rookie defenseman Alexx Privitera registered his first AHL point in his third game with a secondary assist on Sutter’s opening goal.
–Teemu Pulkkinen’s shorthanded goal was the sixth SHG the Reign have given up this season.
–Jonny Brodzinski scored his 19th goal of the season to extend his team lead. He has two goals in the last three games.
–With an assist on Brodzinski’s goal, T.J. Hensick is now on a three-game point streak (all assists).
–The Reign outshot the Wild, 27-21, and were led by Hensick with four shots on goal.
–In his first game with Ontario, Devin Setoguchi registered three shots on goal, a plus-1 rating and was called for one minor penalty.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes… Lots of new looks with injuries/call-ups:
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Jonny Brodzinski – T.J. Hensick – Devin Setoguchi
Daniel Ciampini – Patrick Bjorkstrand – Justin Auger
Sam Herr – Quentin Shore – Miles Koules
Kurtis MacDermid – Alexx Privitera
Cameron Schilling – Damir Sharipzianov
Andrew Crescenzi – Zac Leslie
–Scratches tonight: D Vincent LoVerde, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F Teddy Purcell, F Michael Mersch, F Joel Lowry, D Zach Trotman. All listed players are injured except for Scuderi.
–In net the projected starters are Jack Campbell, who will make his 30th straight start, and Alex Stalock, who the Reign are familiar with as he played with San Jose a season ago. Campbell’s line: 21-9-5; 2.67 GAA, .909 SV%. Stalock’s line: 15-10-6; 2.47 GAA, .919 SV%.
–The Reign are 1-0-0-0 against the Wild this season in one meeting back on Nov. 12, 2016, which resulted in a 6-5 shootout win for Ontario.
–The Reign will be a bit shorthanded tonight as they will only dress five defensemen.
—Devin Setoguchi is expected to make his Reign debut, wearing No. 26.