April 7: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

This edition of Bus Texts with Stothers comes after a long week of travel, the Reign are heading home from San Diego with a spot clinched in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Reign 4, San Diego 0
The Reign scored two power play goals in a 53-second span in the second period, goalie Jack Campbell made 30 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Ontario clinched a playoff berth win a commanding win against the Ducks affiliate Friday night. Ontario’s all-important opening goal was scored by Sam Herr on a redirect of an Alexx Privitera shot at 14:38 of the first (they improved to 25-5-5-0 when scoring first). Early in the second period Michael Mersch took a high-stick from Andrew Welinski which resulted in a four-minute double minor and a power play that proved pivotal to the end result. Captain Vincent LoVerde made it 2-0 as he came down the right wall and took a cross pass from Teddy Purcell to beat Gulls goalie Jhonas Enroth high. Mike Amadio then scored 53 seconds later using his own rebound to bank the puck off Enroth from behind the goal line for a 3-0 Ontario lead. Campbell had to hold strong early in the third — the Gulls’ Kalle Kossila hit a post, a play that had to be reviewed — and Amadio scored an empty netter with just under seven minutes remaining. The game also served as the return of heavy forward Justin Auger, who had missed the last six due to an upper-body injury.

ORI: Hi, Stutts. Congrats on the win and the postseason berth. What went right tonight and how did you like this response from this group?
Stothers: Thank you. The players have sacrificed, and competed, all season long and are very deserving of this accomplishment. We played a solid and responsible game tonight. We managed the puck well and kept it going north. We supported each other in all zones and our special teams came thru when needed. Soupy was dialed in and made the saves necessary. It was a great team effort, and a great team performance.
ORI: Good to see Auger’s big body back out there as well I’m sure?
Stothers: Sure was good to see the big fella back where he belongs. It was magnified even more when we lost Crescenzi and Bissonnette to injury in San Jose. We just can’t seem to get everyone healthy at the same time. Augie looked pretty good considering how long he was out. He is a big part of our team no doubt
ORI: Enroth has given you guys trouble in the past. How were you able to break through especially on the crucial power play in the second?
Stothers: He has played very well against us and so he should. He has carved out a pretty darn good career in the NHL. Tonight we did a good job of being busy in front of him. A lot of bodies were in front of him and a lot of pucks were directed at him. We used the back of the net well and got our point shots thru

(Courtesy of Vince Rappleyea)

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.