Live Blog: Reign vs. Gulls - 12/1/17 - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 2 (8-7-0-1) vs. San Diego Gulls 3 (7-10-1-0)
Game #17
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7 p.m. PT
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Referees: Terry Koharski, Chris Pontes
Linesmen: Michael McBain, James Parker
Box Score

3rd Period:
– 3rd period is underway at @CBBankArena and ONT FW Jamie Devane takes a penalty. SD to the PP for 3rd time. 1-1 contest early
– SD Goal: Fiore completes a 3on2 rush into the zone. Power play marker. 18:34 left in 3rd. 2-1 SD
– SD Penalty: Ryan White called for a slash to put ONT their 3rd PP. 14:24 left in 3rd period.
– PP quietly comes to a close for ONT. Trail 2-1 to SD with 11:59 left in 3rd period. PP quietly comes to a close for ONT. Trail 2-1 to SD with 11:59 left in 3rd period.
– ONT Penalty: Keegan Iverson a little TOOOO aggressive after the whistle. Crosschecking at 8:05. SD 1/2 on PP tonight. Lead 2-1.
– Hensick steals the puck and goes 1on1 with Berra. Denied by right pad. Best chance for ONT so far. Trail 2-1 with 9:10 left in 3rd period.
– ONT gets caught in the O zone. SD flips puck to center to find Carrick on breakaway. Gravel hustles back, dives, knocks goal off as Carrick gets shot. Goal or no? Officials review. 8:28 left in 3rd.
– Officials chat and say no goal. SD challenges and officials still say no goal. Stays 2-1 SD.
– ONT Penalty: Lintunniemi holds up Fehr on a potential breakaway. 4:30 left in regulation. ONT down 2-1.
– SD power play comes to a close. Herr nearly knocks puck into own/ONT net with crossing pass. 2-1 SD with 2:21 left.
– Petersen pulled. 90 seconds left. 2-1 SD
– ONT calls time out. Ozone face off with 1:22 left.
– SD hooks up Amadio on the attack. 6on4 for ONT with 30 seconds left
– ONT Goal: Gravel sends crowd into frenzy with PPG. Tie 2-2.
– SD Goal: Oh boy. SD’s Fiore scores with 2.8 seconds left. 3-2 win for SD

2nd Period:
– Puck is down for the 2nd period. 0-0 contest between ONT and SD.
– Good 1st shift for SD. Bouncing pucks in on Petersen.
– ONT Goal: Falkovsky’s shot goes off the glove of Berra from a distance and trickles into the net. Berra wants it back. 1-0 ONT early in the 2nd period.
SD Goal: Scott Sabourin sneaks around the ONT defense and places shot over glove of Petersen from right circle. 1-1 with 14:42 left in 2nd period.
– Penalties handed out for both sides. ONT-Imama and SD-Jordan Samuels-Thomas grab unsportsmanlike conducts. 13+ left in 2nd period. 1-1 game.
– ONT creates pair of odd-man rushes, but come away empty handed. Devane and Auger led their lines, but passes in skates & swatted away. 1-1 with 8:39 left in 2nd period.
– Strong offensive continue to build up for ONT. Doubling SD in shots 12-6 so far in 2nd period. 1-1 with 8:02 left.
– SD Penalty: Fiore flagged for elbowing at 11:58. 1st PP for ONT tonight.
– ONT worked extensively on PP during practice this week. Just 1 home PP goal this season. 7 total on the year (last in AHL)
– ONT firing from points into plenty of traffic, but all looks blocked/sent wide. PP comes to a close. 1-1 with 6:03 left in 2nd period.
– ONT controlling the pace. Now 17 shots on goal, but Berra coming up with timely saves. 1-1 with 1:40 left in 2nd period.
– 2nd period comes to a close. Falkovsky collects for ONT. Sabourin for . 1-1 contest at CBBA.

1st Period:
– ONT Penalty: Lintuniemi takes an interference call early in the contest. SD boasts best PP in AHL at 24%
– Good puck movement by SD on this opening. Petersen holds tight on distant shot by Welinski. 16:32 left in 1st. 0-0
– Jonathan Racine draws into the lineup for the first time this season for @ontarioreign and drops the gloves with SD’s Ryan White. 0-0 with 13:50 to go in 1st.
– Racine claims 5 for fight and 2 for boarding. Instigating, Misconduct and Fight for White.
– SD continues to control play. Hold 5-0 shot lead and hold the puck possession lead.
– 9:34 left in 1st and ONT still in search of 1st shot on goal. 0-0 score.
– Good traffic in front of Petersen. Giovanni Fiore with a look between the circles. Clips right pad and stays pinned under. 0-0 with 8:21 left in 1st
– Open hockey in the second half of the first period. ONT establishing offensive presence. Dumping and retrieving pucks. 0-0 with 5:17 left in 1st period.
– Shots improve to 7-4 for SD. Icing ONT. ONT pushing back from sluggish start. 3:17 left in 1st period. 0-0
– 1st period comes to a close. 0-0. SD starts strong, held ONT shotless for 10+ min. ONT pushes back. Grab 7 shots. Shots 8-7 SD

– ONT Starters: Petersen, Lintuniemi, Iverson, Crescenzi, Devane, Falkovsky
– SD Starters: Berra, Welinski, Dostie, Fehr, Megna, White

– The Reign enter tonight’s contest on a four-game winning streak and have standings points in nine of their last 10 contests (8-1-0-1).
– Forward Andrew Crescenzi rides a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists) heading into tonight’s contest.
– During the win streak, the Reign have only allowed three goals against and scored 13. Over the last 10 games, the Reign have allowed 12 goals against.
– The Reign currently lead the SoCal Series with a 2-0-0-1 record. Reign forwards Andrew Crescenzi (two goals, one assist) and Michael Mersch (one goal, two assists) are tied for the series lead with three points.

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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.