December 6: Reign game breakdown - LA Kings Insider

Reign game breakdown
The Reign completed a sweep of the Charlotte Checkers in a 5-1 victory that was a balanced display of offense. Nic Dowd, Sean Backman, Jonny Brodzinski, Ryan Horvat and LoVerde were all scorers for Ontario, which improved to 13-4-2. For Brodzinski, it was his first pro goal. The Reign weathered a competitive first period with Dowd scoring late and after the Checkers tied it at 1 early in the second period, Ontario then rattled off four unanswered goals.

Three stars
–Jonny Brodzinski – The rookie forward was scratched for the first time all season a day ago and perhaps used that as some motivation to get his first goal of his pro career. The St. Cloud State alum scored on the rebound of his own wraparound attempt with 5:08 left in the second period to put Ontario up 3-1.
–Peter Budaj – Getting the start in net for the second straight night was no problem for the veteran netminder as he stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced. Budaj improved on his league-leading goals against average (1.56) and save percentage (.938) and is now 12-3-1 on the season.
–Nic Dowd – Dowd’s late goal with 3:13 left in the first period came on a great individual play as he skated in on the left side and made a move to beat Checkers goalie Rasmus Tirronen over his glove. It came in a mostly-even first where the Checkers actually outshot the Reign 15-9. The goal was Dowd’s second this year and first since Oct. 30 against San Antonio.

Turning point
–Ryan Horvat’s unassisted tally at 2:23 of the third nearly came shorthanded, but certainly put the dagger in the Checkers’ hopes of getting back in the game. Horvat collected the puck in front of his own bench after a mishandle by Charlotte and came down the ice 2 on 1 with Kris Newbury, who had just exited the box. Horvat opted to keep the puck and buried it from the right circle for his third goal this season.

Stat fact
–8 – Goals in two games for the Reign in Charlotte after winning 3-1 on Saturday night. Prior to this weekend the Reign had scored five times in their last three games, two of those contests being losses to the San Diego Gulls.

This and that off-ice
Forward Valentin Zykov was scratched for the first time this season in favor of Brodzinski.

Next up
The Reign won’t play again until next Saturday at 6 p.m. when they host the Bakersfield Condors. They’ll wear special gold and purple jerseys to celebrate their affiliate with the Kings.

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.