PREVIEW - Ontario vs. San Diego - 11/15 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (8-4-2-0) vs. San Diego Gulls (5-7-0-0)
WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Toyota Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The So-Cal Series returns to action tonight, as the Reign and Gulls square off for the third time this season. The two sides will also meet again tomorrow evening in San Diego.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ontario is likely to use an 11-7 alignment this evening, with defenseman Chaz Reddekopp checking in and forward Drake Rymsha on late for extra work, along with goaltender Cole Kehler, defenseman Ryan Stanton and forward Gabe Vilardi, who is still yet to be assigned officially to the Reign roster. Forward Martin Frk is still injured (mid-body), but expect to see forward Mason Bergh in tonight’s lineup, after he was recalled yesterday from Fort Wayne. Cal Petersen is likely to make his 15th consecutive start between the pipes.

SO-CAL SERIES: The So-Cal Series is back for Round 3 this evening, part of a home-and-home on the weekend. Ontario is 2-0-0 against the Gulls this season, powered by a pair of victories (6-2 and 3-2) in late-October. The Reign got a late goal from Matt Luff in the lone meeting of the season in Ontario to break a 2-2 deadlock on October 26. In the 6-2 win on October 25, forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Mikey Eyssimont and Brett Sutter all had multi-point games.

SEEING ZEROES: Of Ontario’s last four games on the road, three of the four tilts ended in a shutout, one for the Reign and two against. Ontario was blanked on November 5 in Colorado and November 10 in Iowa, with a 23-save shutout for Cal Petersen in the middle on November 6 versus the Eagles. Overall, Petersen has two shutouts on the season, with a 41-save effort on Opening Night against San Jose as well.

TIP OF THE ICE BERGH: Following the recall of Matt Luff by the Kings, Ontario made a corresponding move as they recalled forward Mason Bergh from the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Bergh totaled 12 points (7-5-12) from 12 games played with Fort Wayne, and was named as the ECHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. Bergh made his professional debut with Ontario last season and collected a goal from three games played with the Reign.

GO SEE CAL: Ontario goaltender Cal Petersen is on track to continue to bolster his already league-leading totals in several categories. Petersen leads all AHL netminders in games played (14), wins (8), minutes played (827:40), saves (466) and shots faced (500), leading in the latter category by more than 100 shots against. Petersen has made at least 35 saves seven times this season, including four of his last five starts.

SCOUTING THE GULLS: After a slow start to the season, San Diego has won five of its last six games, following the defeat in Ontario in late-October. The Gulls set a franchise record with nine goals scored in a 9-3 win over Stockton this week, as captain Sam Carrick scored a hat trick. Carrick leads all San Diego skaters with 12 points (7-5-12) from 12 games played this season, while forward Kiefer Sherwood leads the group with seven assists.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.