Game 45: Reign 3, Iowa 1 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 3, Iowa Wild 1

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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

No scoring

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.

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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.