PREVIEW - Ontario vs. Bakersfield, 1/10 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (16-16-3-1) vs. Bakersfield Condors (14-14-4-1)
WHEN: Friday, January 10, 2020 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Toyota Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign continue a three-game week this evening as they host the Bakersfield Condors tonight at Toyota Arena. The Reign got off to a slow start on Wednesday, with their most lopsided defeat in franchise history, a 9-0 loss in San Jose against the Barracuda.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: So far this season, the road team has ruled the season series between Ontario and Bakersfield, with the visitors posting a 5-1-0 record through six games to date. Ontario is 3-0-0 this season at Mechanic’s Bank Arena, as opposed to an 0-1-1 mark at Toyota Arena. Tonight’s matchup is the seventh of 12 between the two teams this season, and the third of six in Ontario, with the Reign hosting the Condors in three of their next six home contests.

BLUE LINE BONANZA: No team in the American Hockey League has received a higher percentage of goals scored by its defensemen than the Ontario Reign (27%). Ontario has 25 goals scored by defensemen this season, which ranks second in itself, behind on the Charlotte Checkers (27). Ontario has two defensemen, Kale Clague and Austin Strand, tied for fourth in the AHL with six goals scored, and seven blueliners with two or more goals scored.

BIG BOUNCE-BACK GUYS: Including Wednesday evening’s 9-0 blanking in San Jose, Ontario has now suffered four defeats this season of six goals or greater. So far, the Reign have recovered to win the next game two of those three times, bouncing back from an 8-2 loss against Tucson and a 9-2 loss against the Barracuda earlier this season. The lone outlier was an 8-0 loss against the Roadrunners, which preceded a five-day break around the holidays.

BJORNFOT IS BACK: The Reign are expected to welcome defenseman Tobias Bjornfot back into the fold this evening, as the 18-year-old defenseman as rejoined the team following the World Juniors. Bjornfot appeared in seven games at the tournament, as Team Sweden won a bronze medal. In 23 games played with Ontario this season, Bjornfot has tallied nine points (2-7-9) and a +4 rating.

JAD JUMPS UP: Ontario forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan earned his first recall of the 2019-20 season, as he was called up by the Los Angeles Kings yesterday afternoon. Anderson-Dolan leads the Reign in assists (14) and ranks second in points (19), and was one of four players at the time of his recall that had skated in all 36 games (Brett Sutter, Lance Bouma, Mikey Anderson). Anderson-Dolan has one point (0-1-1) from five career NHL games with the Kings.

SCOUTING THE CONDORS: A trio of players leads Bakersfield against Ontario this season, with Josh Currie (3-2-5), Evan Bouchard (1-4-5) and Cooper Marody (0-5-5) each at five points in head-to-head action. Forward Tyler Benson has led the Condors in overall scoring with 29 points (8-21-29) from 33 games played, one year from his selection to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team during the 2018-19 season.

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.