Live Blog: Reign at Gulls - 11/3/17 - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 1 (3-6-0-0) vs. San Diego Gulls 0 (4-4-1-0)
Game #9
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7 p.m. PT
Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
Referees: Andy Howard, Chris Pontes
Linesmen: Greg McAlpine, JM McNulty

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3rd Period:
– Puck is down for the 3rd period. ONT on PK for 38 second to start frame. 1-0 ONT
– 1st promo timeout quickly arrives. Both teams grappling for possession. 13:40 left in 3rd with ONT holding a 1-0 lead.
– Six total shots through the first 8 minutes of the first period. Brodzinski with the best chance. Dances in front of Irving. 1-0 ONT.
– Sam Herr comes in ith three quality chances. Left alone in front of Irving. Pad stop. Finds Roy pinching in at point. Another pad stop.
– In the Face: Luff blasts it into the mask of Irving. Creates rebound and skirmish. SD holds tight. ONT picking up pace.
– 9:32 left in the contest and ONT up 1-0. Reign take 3-3 shot tie in frame to 11-3 advantage in a blink.
– SD pushing back, but Reign D rising up. ONT now up in shots 41-26 and lead 1-0 with 5:07 left in contest.
– ONT’s 41 shots a new season high. Previous was 36 on 10/14 at CHI and 10/21 vs. BAK.
– Petersen with the save of the game. Rebound to left, dives head first to catch it…you guessed it…on the mask. 4:04 left in 3rd. 1-0 ONT
– 2 minute warning. SD pulls Irving for extra man. Icing call and timeout for SD.

2nd Period:
– 2nd period is underway and we start off with another penalty. Tripping to ONT’s Kevin Gravel 11 seconds in.
– Early 2nd period SD PP closes. Drop to 0/2. 1-0 ONT with 16:31 to go.
– Hensick with golden chance to put in a rebound bast Irving. Tries to put puck against the grain of goalie slide. Holds on. 14:26 left in 2nd
– Reign have caught Gulls twice in bad changes so far. Tough passes missing for breakaways. Still 1-0 ONT with 10:50 left in 2nd period.
– Massive save by Irving keeps the Reign lead 1-0. Luff show shot off left circle. Rebound. Sutter denied rebound twice by right pad.
– Choppy 2nd period at the halfway point. No flow. Handful of icings handed to SD. 9:04 left. 1-0 ONT
– Good tip by Iverson from a Devane shot. SD counters with scrum in front of Petersen. Loses stick, but comes up with stop. 5:57 left in 2nd.
– Better period for SD. 9 shots so far. ONT with 13. 27-12 advantage with 4:47 left in 2nd. 1-0 ONT off Maillet PPG in 1st.
– Excellent shift by Paul LaDue. Blocks a shot and creates a breakaway for himself. Runs out of gas. 1-0 ONT with 2:10 left in 2nd.
– ONT Penalty: Zac Leslie knocks the net off and draws a delay of game call as SD builds momentum. 1:03 left in 2nd.
– Auger with 3 big blocks to bail out ONT defense. Period closes w/ ONT holding 1-0 lead. Gulls get 14 shots in 2nd period.

1st Period:
– Puck is down in San Diego. Big hits from SD. Petersen denies point blank chance seconds in.
– Crescenzi with a couple rights connects on Oleksy. SoCal rivalry alive and well. 15:06 left in 1st. 0-0
– SD Penalty: Sam Carrick whistled for high sticking. ONT go on game’s 1st power play 6:20 into 1st period. 0-0
– SD Penalty: Devan Sideroff goes off for tripping. 1:02 of 5on3 for ONT now. 12:48 to go in 1st. 0-0
– ONT Goal: Phil Maillet cashes on on 5on3 w/ tic-tac-toe setup of the right corner. 1-0 ONT. Hensick and Brodzinski with assists at 8:02.
– SD Penalty: Jordan Samuels-Thomas with a crosscheck in the corner. 3rd ONT PP coming up. 7:35 left in 1st period. 1-0 ONT
– ONT Penalty: Mersch battling with Oleksy at net front. Falls and clips Oleksy with high stick. 4on4 for 1:21 now.
– ONT dominating in shots, 11-2, with 5:34 left in 1st. 4on4 over. SD on brief 1st PP. 1-0 ONT
– SD Penalty: Too many men. Served by Kevin Roy. Comes at 15:02. Brief 4on4 and ONT goes on 4th PP. 1/3 so far. 1-0 ONT
– ONT PP comes to a close. Back to 5on5…for now… 1-0 ONT with 2:21 left in 1st.
– A penalty-filled 1st period comes to a close. 1-0 ONT. Reign 1/4 on power play with 14 shots. SD 0/1 with 3 shots.

ONT Starters: Gravel, LaDue, Hensick, Brodzinski, Mersch, Petersen
SD Starters: Pettersson, Olesky, Sabourin, Liambas, Samuels-Thomas, Irving

ONT Scratches: Falkovsky, Watson
SD Scratches: Bickel, Tropp, Kerdiles, Schultz, Hansen


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.