Game 2: Reign 2, Gulls 1 (OT) + postgame notes/video

Ontario Reign 2, San Diego Gulls 1 (OT)
Final (Reign lead best-of-7 series, 2-0)

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SOG: ONT – 44; SD – 27
PP: ONT – 1/5; SD – 0/4

First Period
1) SD – Nick Ritchie (4) (Chris Mueller, Antoine Laganiere), 3:22

Second Period
No scoring

Third Period
2) ONT PPG – Kris Newbury (1) (Vincent LoVerde, Mike Amadio), 1:39

Overtime
3) ONT – Justin Auger (2) (Kevin Gravel, Adrian Kempe), 11:55

(1) Ontario Reign vs. (2) San Diego Gulls
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:05 p.m. PT
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
Referees: #45 Jon McIsaac, #48 Garrett Rank
Linesmen: #52 Shandor Alphonso, #85 Steve Walsh
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ONT starters: G Peter Budaj, D Derek Forbort, D Kevin Gravel, LW Michael Mersch, C Adrian Kempe, RW Justin Auger
ONT scratches: F Brett Sutter, F Jonny Brodzinski, F Ryan Horvat, F Matt Leitner, G Jack Flinn, D Chaz Reddekopp, D Zach Leslie, F Spencer Watson, D Kevin Raine, D Damir Sharipzyanov, F Matt Schmalz, F Austin Wagner, D Alex Lintuniemi

SD starters: G Matt Hackett, D Jaycob Megna, D Brandon Montour, LW Nick Ritchie, C Chris Wagner, RW Ondrej Kase
SD scratches: G Kevin Boyle, G Dustin Tokarski, G Anton Khudobin, D Martin Gernat, D Keaton Thompson, D Shane O’Brien, D Brian Cooper, F Kase Kossila, F Nic Kerdiles, F Mike Sgarbossa, D Andrew O’Brien, F Kenny Ryan, F Tim Jackman, D Andrew Weslinski, F Tyler Morley, F Kevin Roy, F Deven Sideroff, D Marcus Pettersson, F Nick Sorensen

Notes

–The Reign improved to 5-1 in the playoffs and 2-1 on the road. The Gulls lost their first playoff game on home ice and fell to 2-1. Ontario leads the best-of-7 second round series 2 games to none with Game 3 on Sunday in Ontario at 7 p.m. The Reign will not hold a morning skate on Sunday.

–The Reign’s power play scored for a second straight game and held San Diego’s power play scoreless on four tries. The Reign’s PK is a perfect 16-for-16 in the postseason and 7-for-7 against San Diego.

–Peter Budaj improved to 5-1 in the playoffs, stopping 26 shots for his fourth straight win.

–With an assist on Kris Newbury’s goal, Mike Amadio has assists in the last two games. Newbury’s goal was his first of the playoffs and first since the second to last game of the regular season against the Gulls.

–Gulls goalie Matt Hackett’s glove was one of the highlights of the night. He held Reign scoreless for the first 41:39 and finished with 42 saves.

–San Diego’s Chris Wagner was called for a 2-minute minor charging on this hit on Sam Herr late in the second period. Herr had to be helped off the ice afterwards (Update: Herr returned for the third period). Video courtesy of Sheng Peng:

–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes during warmups:
Kris Newbury – Nic Dowd – Sean Backman
Michael Mersch – Adrian Kempe – Justin Auger
Sam Herr – Andrew Crescenzi – Jordan Samuels-Thomas
Joel Lowry – Mike Amadio – Paul Bissonnette

Kurtis MacDermid – Vincent LoVerde
Derek Forbort – Kevin Gravel
Jeff Schultz – Nick Ebert

Peter Budaj
Michael Houser

–Forwards Brett Sutter, Jonny Brodzinski and Ryan Horvat remain out with undisclosed injuries. On the back end, Kevin Raine was out of the lineup and Nick Ebert inserted into his place.

–The Gulls are started Matt Hackett in net again. No. 1 Anton Khudobin will miss his second straight game due to injury.

Video

–Full game highlights:

–Newbury finally breaks through Hackett at 1:39 of the third period on a power play deflection to tie the game:

–Auger’s game-winner comes at 11:55 of overtime as he buries a rebound of a Kevin Gravel shot after a clean faceoff win by Adrian Kempe:

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