Game 66: Reign 3, Stockton 2 (OT) + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 3, Stockton Heat 2 (OT)

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SOG: ONT 28, STK 33
PP: ONT 0/2, STK 1/3

ONT starters: G Jeff Zatkoff, D Paul LaDue, D Chaz Reddekopp, LW Justin Auger, C T.J. Hensick, RW Jonny Brodzinski
STK starters: G David Rittich, D Tyler Wotherspoon, D Michael Kostka, LW Andrew Mangiapane, C Mark Jankowski, RW Garnet Hathaway

1) STK – Garnet Hathaway (8) (Mark Jankowski, Brett Kulak), 2:05

2) ONT – Mike Amadio (15) (unassisted), 1:21
3) ONT – Adrian Kempe (12) (Philippe Maillet, Zac Leslie), 7:48

4) STK PPG – Andrew Mangiapane (19) (Linden Vey, Mike Angelidis), 13:07

5) ONT – Philippe Maillet (2) (Mike Amadio), 2:11


–With the win, the Reign improved to 36-20-10-0 overall and 5-2-1-0 against Stockton, which dropped to 33-25-6-2. Ontario improved to 30-19-9-0 against Pacific Division opponents and 14-11-8-0 on the road.

–San Diego defeated Bakersfield 5-1 and as a result will hold home-ice advantage in the best-of-5 first-round series against the Reign, and the schedule has been released.

–Ontario improved to 7-10 in overtime games.

–Rookie Philippe Maillet recorded his first multi-point game, finishing with the game-winner in overtime and an assist. He now has four points (2-2=4) in six games with Ontario.

–Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 31 saves on 33 shots as his record improved to 2-3-1. It was his first win since March 3 in Stockton, which was his first appearance with the Reign.

–Mike Amadio registered his 15th goal of the season and added an assist on the GWG. He now has three goals and an assist in the last three games.

–Jonny Brodzinski, Adrian Kempe and Paul LaDue played their first game with the Reign since returning from the Kings. Kempe finished with a goal, three shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-2 rating. Brodzinski finished with three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating and LaDue with two shots on goal and two PIM.

–The Reign were outshot by Stockton, 33-28, and were led by Maillet and Matt Roy who each finished with four shots on goal.



–This game marks the return of forwards Adrian Kempe and Jonny Brodzinski along with defenseman Paul LaDue to the Reign lineup. All three were sent back to the Reign when the Kings’ season had concluded. Do not expect Brodzinski and Kempe are not expected to skate together.

–Forward Matt Luff and defenseman Chaz Reddekopp are expected to make their AHL debuts tonight. A handful of regulars did not make the trip. Scratched will be left winger Michael Mersch, forward Brett Sutter, right winger Teddy Purcell, right winger Sean Backman, defenseman Vincent LoVerde, defenseman Cameron Schilling and goalie Jack Campbell. Goalies Jeff Zatkoff and Jonah Imoo traveled with the team.

–The Reign clinched a playoff berth last Friday in a 4-0 win over San Diego and will face the Gulls in the postseason no matter what. What’s yet to be determined is who will have home-ice advantage, which San Diego can earn with a win against Bakersfield tonight. For the Heat, they can earn the final playoff spot should the Condors lose in regulation.

–Ontario is 4-2-1-0 against the Heat this season and 1-1-1 in Stockton. Over the last two seasons, Ontario is 11-6-2-0 overall against Stockton.

–The Heat are on an eight-game point streak (6-0-1-1).

–Stockton leads the AHL with an average of 18.66 penalty minutes per game.

–Heat forward Mark Jankowski is second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists).

–T.J. Hensick has three goals and seven assists in the last 12 games.

–Here’s a video preview packaged together by Joey Zakrzewski:

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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.