Game 68: San Diego 5, Reign 3 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

San Diego Gulls 5, Ontario Reign 3

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SOG: ONT 22, SD 33
PP: ONT 2/6, SD 2/5

ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Matt Roy, D Alex Lintuniemi, LW Philippe Maillet, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
SD starters: G Jhonas Enroth, D Nate Guenin, D Keaton Thompson, LW Kalle Kossila, F Corey Tropp, RW Antoine Laganiere

1) SD – Kevin Roy (16) (Ondrej Kase, Nic Kerdiles), 13:16
2) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (26) (Cameron Schilling), 15:08

3) SD PPG – Ondrej Kase (6) (Antoine Laganiere), 10:44
4) ONT – Zac Leslie (5) (Michael Mersch, Matt Luff), 13:51
6) SD – Zac Larraza (5) (Brian Cooper, Mitch Hults), 18:40

7) ONT PPG – Jonny Brodzinski (27) (Michael Mersch, Alex Lintuniemi), 8:44
8) SD – Brian Cooper (4) (Kalle Kossila, James Melindy), 9:14
9) SD PPG – Austin Ortega (4) (Keaton Thompson, Nate Guenin), 14:08


–With the loss, the Reign finish out the regular season at 36-21-10-1 overall and 6-4-1-1 against San Diego, which finishes 43-20-3-2. Ontario finishes third in the Pacific Division behind first-place San Jose and second-place San Diego, whom they will meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs next week.

–Ontario finishes the season 30-20-9-1 against Pacific Division opponents and 14-12-8-0 on the road.

–Goalie Jack Campbell made 23 saves on 28 shots and finishes the regular season with a 31-15-6 record. His 31 wins finish ranked first in the AHL.

–Forward Jonny Brodzinski scored two power play goals, his first goals since returning from the Kings, in his third game back. He finishes as the Reign’s leading goal scorer with 27 and second in points behind T.J. Hensick with 49.

–Hensick was a healthy scratch and missed his first game this season. He finishes tops in points with 52 (16-36=52).

–Defenseman Zac Leslie scored his fifth goal of the season and has two goals in his last three games after games after going 43 games without scoring.

–Michael Mersch recorded two assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season.

–Forward Matt Luff registered his first AHL point in his second game by notching the secondary assist on Leslie’s goal.

–The Reign were outshot by San Diego, 33-22, and were led by Brodzinski’s game-high six shots on goal.



–Both teams are expected to play their No. 1 netminders as Jack Campbell (31-14-6; 2.47 GAA, .916 SV%) will face Jhonas Enroth (15-5-0; 1.86 GAA, .933 SV%).

–Some regulars will be among the scratched players for Ontario tonight: D Vincent LoVerde, D Paul LaDue, D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F T.J. Hensick, F Teddy Purcell, D Kurtis MacDermid, F Andrew Crescenzi, C Justin Gutierrez and D Zach Trotman.

–This is the final regular season game for Ontario, which will face San Diego for the fourth time since last Friday, April 7. The Reign are 6-3-1-1 against the Gulls this season, including last night’s 4-3 shootout loss in Ontario. The two will meet in the first round of the postseason with the series starting next Friday in San Diego at 7 p.m. PT.

–The Ducks sent forward Ondrej Kase back to the Gulls this morning as Nick Ritchie is expected back in the lineup for Game 2 of Anaheim’s series against Calgary tonight. The 21-year-old played in his first Stanley Cup playoff game in Game 1 for the Ducks registering two shots and two PIMs. Kase has five goals and five assists in 13 games with the Gulls this season and five goals and 10 assists with the Ducks in 53 games.

–In the Reign’s season series with the Gulls the team that’s scored first has earned at least a point. Ontario is 5-0-1-0 when scoring first and San Diego 4-0-0-1.

–Reign winger Jonny Brodzinski leads the head-to-head series with eight points (3-5=8) and T.J. Hensick and Mike Amadio lead all skaters in the series with four goals. Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists in Friday’s loss and has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in his last 14 games.

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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.