Live Blog: Reign at Roadrunners - 12/5/17 - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign 2 (9-9-0-1) vs. Tucson Roadrunners 5 (11-4-2-1)
Game #19
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6 p.m. PT
Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona
Referees: Stephen Reneau (#34), Terry Koharski (#10)
Linesmen: Fred Hudy (#30), Eric McDonald (#24)
Box Score

3rd Period:
– Puck is down for the 3rd period and BANG…TUC strikes as Tyler Gaudet puts one past Petersen 36 seconds in. Former ONT FW Mike Latta with assist. 3-2 TUC
2nd Period:
– TUC Goal: Mayo deflects in his first goal of the season at 2:19. In a flash, TUC takes a 4-2 lead. Was 2-2 at start of frame.
– ONT Penalty: Sam Herr takes a roughing call after a crease gathering.
– TUC Goal: Nick Merkley catches pass out of corner and knocks it past Petersen. 3rd PPG for TUC tonight. 5-2 lead for Roadrunners with 14:13 left in 3rd period.
– TUC 2/4 on power play. ONT is 2/5.
– TUC with three goals in first 5:32 of third period
– TUC Penalty: Latta off for holding the stick at 6:32. Opportunity for ONT to get back into the contest. Looking for 1st 3G PP performance of season
– Penalties continue to add up. ONT Justin Auger takes a seat for tripping at 10:45. 6th PP for TUC coming up. 5-2 TUC lead with 9:15 left in 3rd.
– Clock ticks away quickly in the 3rd period. ONT trails TUC 5-2. 2:19 left in contest.
– TUC Penalty: Tye McGinn called for goalie interference on Petersen with 2:19 left in 3rd period. 7th PP for ONT tonight. Down 5-2
– Tonight’s 7 power play chances for ONT is 2nd highest among this season. Went 1/8 on Nov. 4 vs. SD
– The game comes to a close. TUC takes a 5-2 win over @ontarioreign. TUC scored 3 goals in first 6 min of third period to break a 2-2 tie.

– Puck is down for the 2nd period and ONT takes a hooking call 1:20 into the frame. 4th PP for TUC. Matt Luff in the box. TUC up 2-0
– Petersen continues to keep ONT in the contest. Multiple saves in the early stages in the 2nd. 2-0 TUC 5:45 into frame.
– Adin Hill denies Justin Auger in close for his best save of the contest. Keeps it a 2-0 TUC lead. 11:40 left in 2nd
– TUC Penalty: 9:32 into the 2nd, Petersen takes a tripping call. ONT goes on 4th PP of game. 0/3. TUC up 2-0
– ONT Goal: Matt Luff knocks in a rebound on the power play. Brett Sutter with a good screen in front. 2-1 TUC
– T.J. Hensick extends his point streak to four games with primary assist on Luff power-play goal. All 3 goals tonight have been on PP. 2-1 TUC with 8:06 left in 2nd.
– TUC Penalty: Adam Clendening with roughing call at 14:32 of 2nd. ONT to 5th PP. 1/4 tonight. Down 2-1 to TUC
– ONT Goal: Zac Leslie strikes on the power play to make it 2-2. Traffic in front of Hill and guess who…Brett Sutter. 4:26 left in 2nd. ONT now 2/5 on PP tonight
– Tonight the 3rd time ONT has struck twice on the PP this season. Went 2/5 at CLE on 10/27 and 2/6 on 10/28 at CLE
– Complete reversal of 1st period for ONT. Shots 13-4 their favor in the frame. 2-2 late 2nd period.
– 2nd period comes to a close in TUC with ONT-TUC tied 2-2. All 4 goals scored on PP. ONT with both goals in 2nd. Luff and Leslie. Out shot TUC 13-4 in stanza

1st Period:
– ONT Starters: Petersen, Gravel, LaDue, Amadio, Wagner, Mersch. No Roy, Imama, Ward
– Tucson pressuring early. Shades of Sunday. Stothers call it a “gutsy” win. Another 60-min effort required
– Early PP for ONT. TUC’s Merkley called for hooking.
– PP comes to a close for ONT. Couple looks sneak on TUC goal Adin Hill. 0-0 with 6:28 gone in 1st period.
– Falkovsky covering some ground for ONT defense. Breaks odd-man rush with outstretched stick. Follows up with big hit.
– Petersen comes up with the save of the game already. Denies TUC with full splits right-pad save. 0-0 with 11:06 left in 1st period.
– ONT Penalty: Zac Leslie picks up an interference well away from the puck. 10:25 left in 1st. 0-0. 1st PP for TUC. TUC 4th in AHL on man-advantage
– TUC Goal: Looke catches pass and beats Petersen past the blocker. 1-0 TUC with 9:15 left in 1st. PPG for TUC
– TUC Penalty: Roadrunners flagged following center face off. Mayo off for a hold. ONT goes on 2nd PP. 0/1 and down 1-0. 8:54 left in 1st
– Reign PP having a tough time. Amadio and LaDue collide into each other and then Mersch and Walker collide. ONT now 0/2.
– TUC Penalty: Kempe (not that Kempe) takes a tripping. Back-to-back looks for ONT. Down 1-0 with 6:06 left in 1st
– 3rd ONT PP comes to a close. Set up better, but no chances. 3:48 left in 1st. 1-0 TUC
– ONT Penalty: Puck hops over the glass with 1:45 left in 1st. D Sean Walker goes off for Delay of Game. 1-0 TUC
– ONT running into penalty trouble. Interference to Justin Auger at 18:21. 5on3 for TUC late 1st period. Up 1-0
– TUC Goal: Wood sets up Sislo for 5on3 PPG. 2-0 TUC with seconds to go in 1st period.
– A first period ONT would like to forget. TUC up 2-0 with a pair of power-play goals. Looke and Sislo. TUC out shot ONT 15-5. TUC will have PP time to start 2nd period.

Pregame:
What a busy day in Reignland.
– NHL veteran forward Matt Moulson loaned to Reign from Buffalo (NHL)
– Tonight is Game 2 of a five-game road trip for the Reign. Started journey with a 4-2 win at Tucson on Sunday.
– Reign goaltenders continue to be the backbone of the team’s success. Cal Petersen leads the AHL with a 1.59 goals-against average and is third with a .941 save percentage. Jack Campbell sits seventh in the league with a 2.23 goals-against average.
– The Reign have allowed two goals or less in 10 of their last 12 contests. As a result, they are 9-2-0-1 over that stretch.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

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

Bio

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.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

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

Bio

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.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

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

Bio

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.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.
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