Ontario Reign 2, San Diego Gulls 0
SOG: ONT 27, SD 36
PP: ONT 2/6, SD 0/6
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Kurtis MacDermid, D Vincent LoVerde, LW Brett Sutter, C Adrian Kempe, RW Jonny Brodzinski
SD starters: G Matt Hackett, D Andy Welinski, D Jeff Schultz, LW Stefan Noesen, C Mike Sgarbossa, RW Corey Tropp
1) ONT PPG – T.J. Hensick (1) (Sean Backman, Jonny Brodzinski), 2:58
2) ONT PPG – Michael Mersch (1) (Sean Backman, Jonny Brodzinski), 7:51
–Reign goalie Jack Campbell recorded a 36-save shutout, which included a 17-save performance in the third period. For the second season in a row the Reign have opened with a shutout. Last season’s team opened with a 5-0 win at Bakersfield in Peter Budaj’s 21-save performance.
–Special teams played a significant factor as the Gulls went 0-for-6 on the power play, including two failed 5-on-3s. The Reign went 2-for-6 on the power play.
–Veteran T.J. Hensick scored the first Reign goal of the season in his first game with his new team (split time last season with Charlotte and Utica in the AHL).
–The Reign (1-0) handed the Gulls (1-1) their first loss of the season a night after they opened with a 5-3 win over Tucson.
–Both Sean Backman and Jonny Brodzinski had two assists with Backman registering the primary assist on both goals.
–Not out for warmups/tonight’s scratches for Ontario: D Paul LaDue, D Erik Cernak and F Patrick Bjorkstrand. Scratches for San Diego are D Keaton Thompson, D Brian Cooper, F Scott Sabourin, D Andrew O’Brien, F Zac Larraza.
–Here’s how the Reign aligned in line rushes during warmups:
Michael Mersch – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Justin Auger – T.J. Hensick – Michael Latta
Brett Sutter – Adrian Kempe – Jonny Brodzinski
Sam Herr – Andrew Crescenzi – Joel Lowry
Kurtis MacDermid – Vincent LoVerde
Paul Bissonnette – Zach Trotman
Alex Lintuniemi – Kevin Gravel
–Here’s how San Diego will align, per the Gulls’ media staff:
Stefan Noesen – Mike Sgarbossa – Ondrej Kase
Antoine Laganiere – Kalle Kossila – Corey Tropp
Nick Tarnasky – Kyle MacKinnon – Stu Bickel
Jeff Schultz – Andy Welinski
Shea Theodore – Nate Guenin
Jaycob Megna – Brandon Montour