Live Blog: Reign at Roadrunners - 12/3/17 - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 4 (9-8-0-1) vs. Tucson Roadrunners 2 (10-3-2-1)
Game #18
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3 p.m. PT
Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona
Referees: Andrew Wilk (#57), Mitch Dunning (#3)
Linesmen: Colin Besch (#58), Brent Hooks (#20)
Box Score

3rd Period:
– Puck is down for the 3rd period. ONT up 3-1 with goals from Mersch, Auger and Hensick
– ONT Goal: Hensick picks up his 2nd goal of the game 49 seconds into the 3rd period from Luff and Leslie. Deflection from point shot. 4-1 ONT early in 3rd period.
– TUC Goal: Roadrunners come right back as Looke one-times Cheek pass from below the goal line to make it a 4-2 Reign advantage. 4:53 into 3rd period.
– ONT Penalty: Zac Leslie in for hooking at 8:27. TUC holds all the PP chances tonight. Going on 3rd opportunity. 4-2 ONT
– TUC Penalty: Crouse picks up a boarding on Gravel seconds after TUC PP starts. 4on4. 1st infraction against TUC. 8:45 of 3rd. 4-2 ONT
– Jack Campbell once again stands tall for ONT. Denies wrap-around and shot in low slot. TUC with 37shots to ONT’s 20. 6:22 left in 3rd. 4-2 ONT
– Lintuniemi and Bunting locked up and tumble down. Legs wrapped up. Video showed dangerous angles with skate blades. Lintuniemi NOT happy and holds up Bunting. 3:05 left in contest. 4-2 ONT
– Campbell has now tied a personal season high with 36 saves. Now easily passed with flurry in front. Up to 38 now.
– Miska pulled for TUC. 6on5 with 1:15 left in game. 4-2 ONT
– TUC Penalty: Clendening takes a tripping call with 36 sec left. All but seals the deal.
– That’s the ball game. ONT down TUC 4-2 in 1st meeting. Campbell with 38 saves. Hensick with 2g. Auger and Mersch the others. Campbell the top star of this one.

2nd Period:
– Shades of the 1st period, TUC comes out with pressure and chances in front of Campbell. ONT sits tight.
– Open hockey in the midway stretch of the 2nd period. Both teams kept to the outside. 2-0 ONT with 11:40 left.
– TUC Goal: Roadrunners grab #TeddyBearToss goal on 2on2 rush. Capobianco beats Campbell off the right post. 2-1 ONT with 7:25 left in 2nd period.
– TUC keeps the pressure up following the Teddy Bear Toss goal. Point-blank looks and Campbell denies. 2-1 ONT with 3:46 left in 2nd period.
– ONT with just two shots in the 2nd period. D tested
– ONT Goal: Brett Sutter screens Miska on top of crease and Hensick fires it in with 1:44 left in 2nd period. 3-1 ONT.
– TUC Goal: Roadrunners come right back as Looke one-times Cheek pass from below the goal line to make it a 4-2 Reign advantage. 4:53 into 3rd period.

1st Period:
– Austin Wagner on the ice for warmups and pregame festivities. Looks to make pro debut today vs. @RoadrunnersAHL
– ONT Starters: Campbell: Gravel, LaDue, Amadio, Wagner, Mersch
– Tucson with a handful of chances in opening seconds. ONT scrambles and gets clear. Jack Campbell tested quickly. Also…Teddy Bear Toss in TUC today…
– Quick start for TUC. Pressure early. 3:23 into contest. 0-0
– ONT Goal: Michael Mersch opens the game scoring by crashing the front of the net and making it 1-0 with 15:25 left in 1st. D Sean Walker with lone assist.
– ONT Goal: Auger makes it 2-0 on a nice break down the right wing. Beats Miska clean from left-wing circle.
– ONT Penalty: Sutter in the box for tripping at 9:24 of 1st period. 2-0 ONT
– ONT PK stands tall. Quick return to ice for Sutter. 2-0 ONT with 8:19 left in 1st period.
– ONT Penalty: Jamie Devane at 17:02 takes a seat for hooking. 2nd PP for TUC. ONT up 2-0.
– PP comes quietly to a close for TUC. 0/2 for TUC. ONT up 2-0 with 1 min left in 1st period.
– 1st period comes to a close. ONT up 2-0 with goals from Mersch and Auger. ONT leads in shots 14-12. Good period by Jack Campbell.

– The Reign and Roadrunners met in preseason action on September 29 with the Reign prevailing 5-3. Recap
– The Roadrunners celebrated their first season in the AHL and in the Pacific Division last season. Over 12 meetings, the Reign went 5-5-2-0 against their new division rivals. Forward Jonny Brodzinski, now with the Kings, led the Reign against the Roadrunners with 10 points (six goals, four assists). Goalie Jack Campbell went 5-2-1 in eight appearances against Tucson with a 1.88 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
– On Friday, the Reign saw a season-high four-game winning streak come to a close in a 3-2 setback to the San Diego Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Area. Heading into today’s contest, the Reign are 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games. Forward Andrew Crescenzi saw a five-game point streak come to a close (three goals, four assists).
– The Roadrunner currently lead the Pacific Division with a 10-3-2-1 record and are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 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.