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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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.