Game 58: Charlotte 3, Reign 2 (OT) + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Charlotte Checkers 3, Ontario Reign 2 (OT)

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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

No scoring

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

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

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


–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.



–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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Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.