April 16: Gulls 3, Reign 2 + postgame notes/video

San Diego Gulls 3, Ontario Reign 2

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Box Score

SOG: ONT – 19; SD – 43
PP: ONT – 0/4; SD – 1/5

First Period
1) ONT – Joel Lowry (5) (Matt Schmalz, Kris Newbury), 12:49
2) SD – Corey Tropp (16) (Brandon Montour, Jaycob Megna), 16:57

Second Period
3) ONT – Matt Schmalz (1) (Joel Lowry, Ryan Horvat), 9:08

Third Period
4) SD PPG – Corey Tropp (17) (Chris Mueller, Mike Sgarbossa), 14:45
5) SD – Brian McGrattan (9) (Jaycob Megna, Kyle MacKinnon), 15:14

Ontario Reign (44-18-4-1, .694 win %) vs. San Diego Gulls (38-23-4-2, .612)
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7 p.m. PT
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
Referee: #48 Garrett Rank, #42 Jake Brenk
Linesmen: #96 Michael McBain, #81 Tanner Nua
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ONT starters: G Michael Houser, D Derek Forbort, D Nick Ebert, F Adrian Kempe, F Jonny Brodzinski, F Sam Herr
ONT scratches: G Peter Budaj, D Vincent LoVerde, D Jeff Schultz, F Paul Bissonnette, F Brett Sutter, F Nic Dowd

SD starters: G Matt Hackett, D Brandon Montour, D Jaycob Megna, F Kevin Roy, F Chris Mueller, F Corey Tropp
SD scratches: G Kevin Boyle, G Dustin Tokarski, D Martin Gernat, D Shane O’Brien, F Harry Zolnierczyk, F Stefan Noesen, F Nic Kerdiles, D Andrew O’Brien, F Kenny Ryan, F Tim Jackman, F Tyler Morley


–The Reign finish the regular season with a 44-19-4-1 record and .684 winning percentage, tops in the Western Conference and second in the league only to the Toronto Marlies (53-16-5-1, .747), who play their final regular season game on Sunday.

–Head coach Mike Stothers opted to rest goalie Peter Budaj, defensemen Vincent LoVerde and Jeff Schultz and forwards Brett Sutter and Nic Dowd. Paul Bissonnette was also scratched as he nears a return from a mid-range injury.

–The Reign lost their very first game of the season when leading after two periods, finishing at 30-1-0-0.

–San Diego is the only team the Reign finished with a losing record against at 4-6-1-1.

–With an assist on Joel Lowry’s goal, center Kris Newbury extended his points streak to six games (3 G, 5 A).

–Goalie Michael Houser made just his fifth start as usual starter Budaj was given a night off after starting the previous 22 straight. Houser finished with 40 saves to go 1-4-0-0 on the season.

–Rookie Matt Schmalz scored his first pro goal and had his first pro point on Lowry’s first period goal. Schmalz, 20, recently joined the Reign following the conclusion of his junior career at OHL-Sudbury. He’s a fifth round (134th overall) Kings selection in the 2015 draft.

–Defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov made his AHL debut.

–The game featured 122 PIM and 110 in the third period alone. At 9:24 of the third period fights broke out resulting in 14 penalties being called including four fighting majors and seven 10-minutes misconducts for continuing altercation.

–With a goal and an assist, Lowry recorded his second multi-point game and his second this month.

Video recap

–The Reign take a 1-0 lead on Joel Lowry’s goal off as Matt Schmalz banks the pass off the net to him in the slot (all videos courtesy of Sheng Peng):

–Corey Tropp nets his first of the game and the teams go into the first intermission tied at 1:

–Reign rookie Schmalz scores his first pro goal in his third AHL game in a net-front battle in the second period:

–Some nice power play puck movement for the Gulls results in Tropp’s second goal of the game in the third period:

–Gulls veteran Brian McGrattan scores the eventual game-winner and gets a penalty for his celebration for unsportsmanlike conduct with less than five minutes left in regulation:

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