March 18: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

This edition of Bus Texts with Stothers comes after Charlotte swept the Reign on the weekend, but earned a point. His team stays the night in Charlotte and Sunday’s a travel day.

Charlotte 3, Reign 2 (OT)
The Reign erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime, only to lose 31 seconds into the 3-on-3 play on a rebound mark by Connor Brickley. Ontario faced an uphill climb in the final 20 minutes of regulation down 2-0 after second period goals by former Reign center Kris Newbury and a breakaway goal by Andrew Miller in the second. Ontario’s third period comeback started early, with Sean Backman scoring 1:02 in on backhanded redirect of a Vincent LoVerde shot from the right point. Ontario’s equalizer didn’t come till late, as they took advantage of a Brickley boarding call on Kurtis MacDermid after the Reign defenseman was pushed into the corner boards hard while chasing down an icing. On the ensuing power play, the Reign scored just 14 seconds in on a Jonny Brodzinski wrister from the left circle for his 25th goal of the season. In overtime though, Brickley scored his third goal of the weekend, burying a Sergey Tolchinsky rebound as he jabbed at his own try on Jeff Zatkoff and the puck squirted free to Brickley.

ORI: Just wondering what your overall thoughts on the game were and the battle-back in the third.
Stothers: Thought we played much better tonight. Guys battled hard and never gave up there by picking up a valuable point.
ORI: How is Auger doing after yesterday? (ORI Note: Justin Auger missed a chunk of Friday’s second period after blocking a Trevor Carrick shot. He returned but did not play today).
Stothers: Auger has an upper body injury and will be looked at by our doctors when we get home
ORI: How impressed were you with the way the team both answered by taking no penalties today and also answering MacDermid being boarded with a quick power play goal? Brodzinski now at 25 goals. (ORI Note: A night prior, the Reign were shorthanded seven times but managed to stay this entire sixty and change out of the box.)
Stothers: Very happy that we stayed on the ice with good discipline. Power play has been good all year and responded accordingly. Brods shoots…Brods scores!! That’s what he does

(Courtesy of Charlotte Checkers)

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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.