GAMEDAY- Ontario vs. San Diego, 11/3 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (2-4-2-1) vs. San Diego Gulls (3-2-1-1)
WHEN: Saturday, November 3, @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Away Feed – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign conclude a three-game homestand this evening as they host the San Diego Gulls in the second edition of the 2018-19 So-Cal Series. Ontario enters tonight’s action off of its first home victory of the season, which came on Thursday by a 5-3 final over the Texas Stars.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Tonight’s matchup is the second So-Cal Series contest of the season, one of 12 scheduled meetings between the two teams. San Diego claimed the first game in a high-scoring thriller, a 6-5 victory in the shootout on October 13, which was a part of four consecutive overtime contests for Ontario. The two teams come into tonight’s game separated by just one point in the standings, with the Gulls at eight points and the Reign at 7, with San Diego owning two games in hand. Goaltender Cal Petersen was off first from today’s morning skate, while Jamie Devane, Emerson Etem, Austin Strand and Chaz Reddekopp were on late for extra work.

HATEFUL EIGHT: Forward Matt Moulson collected a goal and an assist in Thursday’s win over Texas as he extended his scoring streak to eight games. Over that span, the 6-1 winger has amassed 11 points (3-8-11). Leaguewide, Moulson’s eight-game assist streak is the longest in the AHL this season, while his overall scoring streak is tied for the second longest overall, and tied for the longest active scoring streak with Utica’s Reid Boucher.

BEST BRETTS: Ontario captain Brett Sutter collected a pair of assists in Thursday’s victory and leads all Reign skaters with 10 helpers this season. Sutter’s assist total is also tied for third across the AHL. Sutter has collected two assists in back-to-back games and has picked up at least one points in all five of Ontario’s home games so far this season. The veteran forward has collected multiple points in four games overall, including a season-high three points (1-2-3) on October 6 in Stockton.

SHALLOW CAL: Reign goaltender Cal Petersen turned aside 34 of the 37 shots he faced in Thursday’s win over Texas as he earned his first victory of the 2018-19 season. After he allowed three goals in the first, Petersen stopped all 22 shots he faced during the final 40 minutes, including 18-of-18 in the middle stanza. In his professional career against San Diego, Petersen has posted a 5-2-1 record to go along with a 2.11 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

REDD DAWN: Reign defenseman Chaz Reddekopp collected the first point of his professional career on Thursday, an assist on forward Matt Luff’s first-period goal. The assist for Reddekopp, the primary helper on the play, came in his third game of the season, the sixth of his professional career. Reddekopp also posted a +2 rating on the evening and is one of seven players on the active Reign roster with a positive rating (+1) on the season.

MAKING MOVES: Ontario added a pair of players from the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs yesterday as defenseman Austin Strand and goaltender Charles Williams joined the Reign. Strand collected two points (1-1-2) from six games with the Monarchs, including his professional debut in October, while Williams led Manchester with a 4-2-1 record. Williams has appeared in two career AHL contests, both with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season.

WE THE KINGS: As reported by Jon HERE – Two Ontario players are expected to make the jump to the NHL this morning in forwards Mike Amadio and Matt Luff, though the news has not yet been officially reported. Amadio was assigned to Ontario six days prior and collected three assists in his lone AHL game this season. Luff’s NHL recall would be the first of his professional career. The 21-year-old forward leads all Ontario skaters with 12 points (6-6-12) this season, with his six goals also tied for the team lead. Additionally, defenseman Sean Walker and forward Austin Wagner are expected to join the Reign on the same transaction, per Jon.

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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.