December 5: Bus texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

After every Reign away game we’ll try to catch up with Reign head coach Mike Stothers to get his take on things. Here’s what he had to say after Saturday’s dominating 3-1 win in Charlotte that got the team back in the win column.

Reign 3, Checkers 1
Kevin Gravel had two assists for his first multi-point game of the season and Scott Sabourin was credited with the game-winner in a dominating effort where Ontario had a 43-19 shot advantage. Michael Mersch’s wraparound in the third period provided the 3-1 gap, his team-leading 12th tally of the season.


Question: Was that the kind of grind-them-down type game you were looking for?
Stothers: We were much better in all areas of the ice. We skated well, and were on top of their players, and the puck, which makes it tough for them to gain ice. We supported each other well tonight and were able to utilize the entire bench. They played hard and physical we will be challenged again tomorrow.

Question: How pleased were you to see the scoring spread out a bit, and also Gravel having a big night?
Stothers: We got an insurance goal from Mersch on a great wraparound. Not many go to the net with the puck better than Big Mike. A strong FC (forecheck) led to Biss scoring the first one and Sabby got his on a quick transition. We played the right way and the guys deserved the result. Gravel chipped in with two helpers and was as solid and reliable as always. It was a great team effort.

Question: Is this the best win of the season then? A complete game. And for tomorrow are you inclined to start Houser?
Stothers: No, no and nope. The win was good don’t get me wrong but we have played better. They (Charlotte) will be ready to go again tomorrow, and we will have to respond to the expected challenge with an even better effort. Budaj will go back between the pipes again. He played well and the schedule has not been too demanding. Houser will get his starts in time.

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.