PREVIEW - Ontario @ Bakersfield, 2/7 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (22-18-4-1) @ Bakersfield Condors (20-20-4-1)
WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2020 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Mechanics Bank Arena – Bakersfield, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Fox Sports Radio – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign return to action this weekend for a back-to-back set, beginning this evening in Bakersfield. Ontario extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-4 win over San Diego in its most recent game six days prior.

DRIVE FOR FIVE: With Saturday’s win in San Diego, Ontario has won five consecutive games and has points in seven straight games, with a 6-0-1 record over that stretch. The Reign are currently on their longest winning and point streaks of the 2019-20 season, and are tied for second for the longest active streak in both categories in the AHL. At four games, Ontario is also tied for the AHL’s longest active away winning streak.

ANDERSO(T)N-DO(T)LAN: Ontario forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday in San Diego. Anderson-Dolan’s tally marked his first ever professional overtime goal, and his first professional game-winning goal. The first-year forward has collected four points (2-2-4) from five games since he was assigned by Los Angeles in mid-January, and has ten points (3-7-10) over his last 10 AHL games, dating back into December.

SWITCHAROO: Forwards Carl Grundstrom and Matt Luff exchanged places last week, with Grundstrom recalled to the Kings and Luff assigned to the Reign. Grundstrom had three points (1-2-3) in the win over San Diego on Saturday, and had seven points (3-4-7) from his past seven games prior to being recalled. Luff has 12 points (5-7-12) from 18 AHL games played this season, and has goals in each of his last two games played with the Reign.

CAL THE KING: Goaltender Cal Petersen was recalled by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, after the Kings traded goaltender Jack Campbell to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Petersen led all AHL netminders in minutes played, saves and shots faced at the time of his recall, and represented Ontario at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. Petersen is 5-4-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in 12 games played in his NHL career.

THE COMEBACK KIDS: Dating back to January 26 in Stockton, each of the Reign’s past four wins have come after conceding the first goal of the game. Ontario overturned a two-goal deficit on Saturday in San Diego, and no team in the AHL has more wins when trailing after 20 minutes than Ontario. The Reign also sit atop the AHL in road wins when trailing after both 20 and 40 minutes so far this season.

SCOUTING THE CONDORS: Bakersfield defenseman Evan Bouchard was tied for the AHL lead in points by a defenseman during the month of January with 11 (3-8-11). Bouchard, who represented the Condors at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, and finished as runner-up to Martin Frk in the hardest shot event, enters tonight’s action on a six-game point streak, extended with a pair of assists in Wednesday’s win over Tucson.

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.