Postgame Notes: Mersch Nets First Goal of 2017-18; Reign Fall Short in San Antonio - LA Kings Insider

October 7, 2017
AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
Ontario Reign – 1, San Antonio Rampage – 2
Box Score

1st 2nd 3rd Final
Rampage  1    1       0     2
REIGN     0    1       0     1

Shots PEN-PIM     PP
Rampage 32         4-11            0/0
REIGN     19          1-5             0/3

REIGN: 0-1-0-0 (0-1-0-0 Road)
Rampage: 1-0-0-0 (1-0-0-0 Home)

POSTGAME NOTES:
– Reign held to four shots in the opening period. San Antonio countered with 12 including forward Sam Blais’ season-opening marker at 10:48.
– Jordan Schmaltz made it 2-0 Rampage at 2:17 of second period and earned the eventual game-winning goal.
– Michael Mersch grabs first Reign goal of 2017-18 with an unassisted goal off a steal from the Rampage goalie, Spencer Martin, at 13:23.
– Bokondji Imama earns his first professional fight at 13:31 of the second period vs. Mason Geertsen.
– Reign goaltender Jack Campbell made 30 saves in the loss. Rampage keeper Spencer Martin provided 18 saves in the win.
– Reign forward Justin Auger appeared in his 200th professional game tonight.

NEXT GAME: Friday, October 13 vs. Iowa Wild at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

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#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

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#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

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#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

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#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
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