Game 4: Reign 4, San Diego 1 + postgame notes/video - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 4, San Diego Gulls 1

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Ontario Reign (2-2-0-0) at San Diego Gulls (2-2-0-0)
Calder Cup Playoffs: Best-of-5 series tied, 2-2
Monday, May 1, 2017, 7 p.m. PT
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Referees: #10 Terry Koharski, #48 Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: #53 Bevan Mills, #81 Tanner Nua

ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Kurtis MacDermid, D Paul LaDue, LW Justin Auger, C T.J. Hensick, RW Jonny Brodzinski
ONT scratches: G Jack Flinn, D Damir Sharipzianov, D Matt Roy, F Keegan Iverson, F Philippe Maillet, D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette, F Andrew Crescenzi, F Matt Luff, F Devin Setoguchi, D Chaz Reddekopp, F Justin Gutierrez, D Zach Trotman

SD starters: G Jhonas Enroth, D Brian Cooper, D Jaycob Megna, LW Antoine Laganiere, C Kalle Kossila, RW Nick Sorensen
SD scratches: G Matt Hackett, G Kevin Boyle G Agnus Redmond, D Stu Bickel, D James Melindy, F Kyle MacKinnon, F Corey Tropp, F Ryan Garbutt, F Emerson Etem, F Tyler Morley, F Nick Tarnasky, F Tyler Soy, F Mitch Hults, F Austin Ortega, F Zac Larraza, F Deven Sideroff, F Giovanni Fiore, F Austen Brassard

SOG: ONT 35, SD 22
PP: ONT 0/2, SD 1/2

No scoring

1) ONT – Justin Auger (1) (Jonny Brodzinski, T.J. Hensick), 5:16
2) SD PPG – Keaton Thompson (1) (Spencer Abbott, Kevin Roy), 18:47

3) ONT – Paul LaDue (1) (T.J. Hensick, Justin Auger), 3:30
4) ONT – Justin Auger (2) (Michael Mersch, Cameron Schilling), 15:57
5) ONT ENG – T.J. Hensick (2) (Teddy Purcell, Michael Mersch), 18:06


–The Reign have won Game 4 to tie the best-of-5 series at 2 and also force a winner-take-all Game 5 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in San Diego.

–Justin Auger had two goals and an assist for a breakthrough game and his first points of the playoffs.

–T.J. Hensick had three points (an empty-netter and two assists) and now has a two goals and three assists in the series. His five points lead the series.

–Michael Mersch had two assists for his first multi-point game of the postseason.

–Defenseman Paul LaDue was credited with the game-winning goal in just his second game back from an undisclosed injury.

–The Reign held San Diego to 22 shots on goal, their lowest of the series.

–With the win, the Reign have yet to lose three consecutive games all season.

–Goalie Jack Campbell made 21 saves on 22 shots and is now 2-2-0 in the series. The Gulls’ Jhonas Enroth countered with 31 saves on 34 shots to drop to 2-2-0.

–The Reign outshot San Diego 35-31. For a second straight game Mersch had the game-high for SOG between both teams with eight.



Full morning skate notes were posted earlier today which include topics like: The Reign’s mindset going into a do-or-die scenario, forward Philippe Maillet being out of the lineup, and more. There were no line rushes during morning skate so there will be a better idea of Ontario’s lineup during warmups.

–Here’s how the Reign aligned in rushes with more new looks up front. D pairings are the same from Game 3:

Justin Auger – T.J. Hensick – Jonny Brodzinski
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Teddy Purcell
Michael Mersch – Adrian Kempe – Sean Backman
Joel Lowry – Patrick Bjorkstrand – Sam Herr

Cameron Schilling – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Alex Lintuniemi – Zac Leslie

–San Diego’s lines for tonight:

–Shortly before 5:30 p.m. PT, the Ducks announced that they reassigned forward Nic Kerdiles back to the Gulls. He’s expected to be eligible for tonight’s game. Both Kerdiles and Ondrej Kase were recalled by the Ducks on Sunday morning prior to Anaheim’s Game 3 in Edmonton.

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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.