Ontario Reign 3, San Antonio Rampage 2
SOG: ONT 36, SA 18
PP: ONT 0/1, SA 2/7
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Vincent LoVerde, LW Michael Mersch, C T.J. Hensick, RW Teddy Purcell
SA starters: G Joe Cannata, D Mat Clark, D Chris Bigras, LW Brendan Ranford, C Felix Girard, RW Gabriel Bourque
1) ONT – Michael Mersch (14) (T.J. Hensick, Vincent LoVerde), 2:27
2) ONT – Quentin Shore (1) (Alex Lintuniemi, Daniel Ciampini), 11:47
3) ONT SHG – Michael Mersch (15) (Cameron Schilling, Alex Lintuniemi), 16:08
4) SA PPG – Felix Girard (8) (Eric Gelinas, Gabriel Bourque), 17:08
5) SA PPG – Rocco Grimaldi (27) (Colin Smith, Brendan Ranford), 10:01
–With the win, the Reign are now 31-18-10-0 overall and improve to 3-1-1-0 against San Antonio, which dropped to 25-33-5-2. Ontario improved to 25-17-9-0 against Pacific Division opponents and 19-9-2-0 at home.
–Michael Mersch had two goals, including the shorthanded game-winner, for his second multi-goal game of the season.
–Alex Lintuniemi had two assists for his first multi-point AHL game.
–Goalie Jack Campbell stopped 16 of 18 shots as his record improved to 27-13-6. His 27 wins lead the AHL.
–Quentin Shore, the younger brother of Kings center Nick Shore, scored his first AHL goal on his second period redirect.
–Kurtis MacDermid had two minor penalties and continues to lead the AHL in minors, now with 40.
–With the primary assist on Mersch’s first goal, T.J. Hensick now has six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games. With the secondary assist on that same Mersch goal, Vincent LoVerde is now on a three-game point streak with four assists in that span.
–Teddy Purcell had his five-game point streak snapped and Mike Amadio had a four-game point streak snapped.
–The Reign outshot San Antonio, 36-18, and were led by Mersch’s five shots on goal.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes:
Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Patrick Bjorkstrand – Andrew Crescenzi – Sam Herr
Daniel Ciampini – Quentin Shore – Joel Lowry
Alex Lintuniemi – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Zac Leslie
Damir Sharipzianov – Cameron Schilling
–Scratches for the Reign: D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F Devin Setoguchi, D Alexx Privitera, F Justin Auger, D Craig Wyszomirski, D Zach Trotman.
–The Reign (30-18-10-0, .603 winning percentage) enter with a 2-1-1-0 record this season against the red-hot Rampage (25-32-5-2, .445), who are on a six-game point streak with a 4-0-1-1 record in that span. Ontario, currently third in the Pacific Division, holds a magic number of 12 to reach the postseason with 10 games remaining. The Reign are 3-5-2-0 in their last 10 games and have lost two games in a row.
–Ontario will be without leading goal scorer Jonny Brodzinski, who was recalled to Los Angeles on Thursday. They’re also expected to be without Justin Auger (upper-body) after being injured on a shot block last Friday. Head coach Mike Stothers told Joey Zakrzewski on Thursday that the 6-foot-7 winger is “unavailable.”
–T.J. Hensick leads the Reign in points against the Rampage with six assists. As far as streaks go, Teddy Purcell is on a five-game streak (two goals, five assists) and Mike Amadio is on a four-game assist streak (five assists).
–Rampage forward Rocco Grimaldi is tied for second in the AHL with 26 goals and forwards Troy Bourke (two goals, three assists) and Alex Belzile (two goals, two assists) are on a four-game point streaks.