Charlotte Checkers 3, Ontario Reign 2 (OT)
Final

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SOG: ONT 26, CHA 28
PP: ONT 1/2, CHA 0/0

ONT starters: G Jeff Zatkoff, D Kurtis MacDermid, D Zac Leslie, LW Brett Sutter, C Mike Amadio, RW Jonny Brodzinski
CHA starters: G Tom McCollum, D Roland McKeown, D Dennis Robertson, LW Levko Koper, C Andrej Nestrasil, RW Sergey Tolchinsky

FIRST PERIOD
No scoring

SECOND PERIOD
1) CHA – Kris Newbury (10) (Philip Samuelsson, Andrew Miller), 2:59
2) CHA – Andrew Miller (7) (Dennis Robertson, Lucas Wallmark), 12:50

THIRD PERIOD
3) ONT – Sean Backman (12) (Vincent LoVerde, Mike Amadio), 1:02
4) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (25) (Teddy Purcell, Vincent LoVerde), 16:44

OVERTIME
5) CHA – Connor Brickley (11) (Andrew Poturalski), :31

POSTGAME NOTES

–With the loss, the Reign are now 30-18-10-0 overall and finish the season 2-1-1-0 against Charlotte, which improved to 30-27-4-0. Ontario is now 6-1-1-0 this season against Central Division opponents and 11-9-8-0 on the road.

–Sean Backman netted his 12th of the season to break a seven-game goalless drought.

–Jonny Brodzinski scored his team-leading 25th goal and his 9th power play goal. Brodzinski’s on an eight-game point streak with five goals and six assists in that span.

–Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made his fourth start with Ontario, stopping 25 of 28 shots as his record fell to 1-2-1.

–Ontario dropped to 6-10 in games decided in OT this season, 9-3-5-0 when allowing the first goal and 3-12-4-0 when trailing going into the third.

–Vincent LoVerde had two assists for his sixth multi-point game of the season.

–Teddy Purcell had an assist and now is on a five-game point streak with two goals, five assists in that span.

–The Reign were outshot, 28-26, and were led by Backman’s seven shots on goal.

–Mike Amadio had the secondary assist on the Backman goal and now has five assists in the last four games.

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PREGAME NOTES

–Here’s how the Reign were aligned at the start:

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

Kurtis MacDermid – Zac Leslie
Alex Lintuniemi – Cameron Schilling
Damir Sharipzianov – Vincent LoVerde

–Justin Auger did not take the ice for warmups. He missed a chunk of the second period on Friday after coming off the ice slowing after blocking a shot by Trevor Carrick. He returned later in the second and finished the game.

–Scratches for Ontario tonight: D Alexx Privitera, D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F Devin Setoguchi, F Daniel Ciampini, D Craig Wyszomirski and D Zach Trotman and Auger.

–With 11 games remaining, the Reign (30-18-9-0, .605 winning percentage) continue to sit in third in the Pacific Division and their magic number to reach the playoffs is 15.

–The Reign are 2-1-0-0 against Charlotte this season and 4-3-0-0 all-time. Today is their final meeting of the regular season. Mike Amadio and Teddy Purcell each have a goal and three assists for four points against the Checkers. T.J. Hensick is tied for the series lead with three goals, two coming in Friday’s 5-3 loss. Hensick (2G-3A=5) and Purcell (2G-4A=6) are on four-game point streaks.

–Checkers forward Andrew Poturalski is tied for second among AHL rookies with 45 points.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

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.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C

Bio

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.
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