Game 56: Reign 5, Tucson 0 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 5, Tucson Roadrunners 0

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SOG: ONT 41, TUC 22
PP: ONT 0/3, TUC 0/5

ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Vincent LoVerde, LW Brett Sutter, C Mike Amadio, RW Jonny Brodzinski
TUC starters: G Adin Hill, D Jarred Tinordi, D Jamie McBain, LW Joe Whitney, C Chris Mueller, RW Christian Fischer

1) ONT – Kurtis MacDermid (6) (Jonny Brodzinski, Zach Leslie), 9:06
2) ONT – Jonny Brodzinski (23) (Cam Schilling, Mike Amadio), 14:59

3) ONT – Michael Mersch (13) (Teddy Purcell, Vincent LoVerde), 3:25
4) ONT – Jonny Brodzinski (24) (Brett Sutter, Mike Amadio), 14:53

5) ONT – Patrick Bjorkstrand (8) (Michael Mersch, Cam Schilling), 10:21


–With the win, the Reign are now 30-17-9-0 overall and finish the season 5-5-2-0 against Tucson, which dropped to 24-24-6-0. Ontario is now 24-17-9-0 against Pacific Division opponents and 19-9-2-0 at home.

–With two goals and an assist, Jonny Brodzinski has leap-frogged T.J. Hensick for the team points lead. He now has 45 points (24G, 21A), one more than Hensick and is on a six-game point streak (4G-5A=9).

–Goalie Jack Campbell picked up his third shutout of the season, stopping all 22 shots he faced to improve his record to 26-12-6. His 26 wins lead the AHL.

–Michael Mersch finished with a goal and an assist and now has three goals and two assists in six games since returning from a knee injury on March 1.

–Ontario (.616 winning percentage) has 12 games left in the regular season and continues to stand in third place in the Pacific behind first-place San Jose (14 GR, .722) and second-place San Diego (14 GR, .676).

–Patrick Bjorkstrand has goals in back-to-back games.

–Fifty PIMs were called in the final 7:41 of the game.

–Vincent LoVerde recorded an assist and is now on a three-game point streak with one goal, two assists in that span.

–Teddy Purcell had an assist and is also on a three-game point streak with one goal, three assists in that span.

–The Reign produced an AHL-Ontario record-high 23 shots on goal in the opening period of play.

–The Reign outshot Tucson, 41-22, and we led by Brodzinksi’s game-high seven shots on goal.

–Mike Amadio finished with two assists and now has three assists in the last two games. Cameron Schilling also recorded two assists.

–Kurtis MacDermid took two minor penalties and now leads the AHL in minor penalties with 36. His all-important opening goal was his sixth of the season and first since Jan. 28, a span of 16 games without a goal.



–Jonny Brodzinski’s 2nd goal was also his third point of the game, giving him a team-leading 45 points on the season. T.J. Hensick’s 44 points is second on the team.

–At 12:19 of the third period Andrew Crescenzi was called for boarding Mitch Moroz, sparking two fights and two game misconducts (Joel Lowry and Ryan MacInnis).


–Goalie Jack Campbell (25-12-6; 2.65 GAA, .910 SV%) will be in net today for Ontario and face Adin Hill (14-10-5; 2.91, .915) on the other end.

–This game is the last of 12 meetings between the Reign and Roadrunners this season. The Reign are 4-5-2-0 against Tucson this season, 3-2-0-0 at home, including last night’s 5-4 loss. T.J. Hensick (2G-6A=8) and Vincent LoVerde (3G-5A=8) each have eight points in the series while Roadrunners defensemen Zbynek Michalek (4G-4A=8) and Jamie McBain (2G-6A=8) each have eight points as well.

–Jonny Brodzinski is on a five-game point streak (2G-4A=6). Brett Sutter has four goals and three assists over his last eight.

–Tucson defenseman Jarred Tinordi will return to the lineup after serving his one-game suspension in Saturday night’s contest.

–Here’s how the Reign aligned in rushes:

Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Jonny Brodzinski
Justin Auger – Patrick Bjorkstrand – Sean Backman
Joel Lowry – Andrew Crescenzi – Sam Herr

Alex Lintuniemi – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Zac Leslie
Cameron Schilling – Alexx Privitera

–Scratches for Ontario tonight: D Damir Sharipzianov, D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F Devin Setoguchi, D Connor Hardowa, F Daniel Ciampini, D Craig Wyszomirski and D Zach Trotman.

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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.