Game 53: Tucson 2, Reign 1 + postgame notes/video

Tucson Roadrunners 2, Ontario Reign 1
Final

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Box score

SOG: ONT 30, TUC 39
PP: ONT 1/3, TUC 1/3

ONT starters: G Jeff Zatkoff, D Zac Leslie, D Kurtis MacDermid, LW Joel Lowry, C Andrew Crescenzi, RW Sam Herr
TUC starters: G Adin Hill, D Jamie McBain, D Jarred Tinordi, LW Joe Whitney, C Chris Mueller, RW Christian Fischer

FIRST PERIOD
No scoring

SECOND PERIOD
1) TUC PPG – Zbynek Michalek (5) (Joe Whitney, Christian Fischer), 5:46
2) TUC – Mitch Moroz (3) (Jamie McBain, Branden Troock), 10:52

THIRD PERIOD
3) ONT PPG – Brett Sutter (14) (Alex Lintuniemi, Devin Setoguchi), 7:20

POSTGAME NOTES

–The Reign dropped to 29-16-8-0 overall and 4-4-2-0 against the Roadrunners (23-23-6-0), who snapped a five-game losing skid. Ontario drops to 18-8-2-0 at home and 23-16-8-0 against Pacific Division opponents.

–Ontario (53 GP, .623 winning percentage) remains third in the Pacific Division behind first-place San Jose (49 GP, .724) and second-place San Diego (50 GP, .680).

–Ontario dropped to 4-18-3-0 when trailing after two periods, 15-5-6-0 in one-goal games and 147-16-4-0 when being outshot.

–Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made his second straight start and made 37 saves on 39 shots. His record dropped to 1-1-0.

–Alex Lintuniemi registered the primary assist on Brett Sutter’s goal and now has two points (1-1=2) in the last two games since returning from a groin injury on Friday vs. Stockton.

–Jonny Brodzinski, who leads the Reign in goals with 21, missed his second straight game due to a mid-body injury.

–The Reign were outshot by Tucson, 39-30 overall, including 19-7 in the second period alone. Sean Backman and Damir Sharipzianov led the Reign with four shots on goal each.

VIDEO

PREGAME NOTES

–Here’s how the Reign aligned in rushes. No changes up front from last night, but some on the back end:

Michael Mersch – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Sean Backman – Brett Sutter – Devin Setoguchi
Patrick Bjorkstrand – Mike Amadio – Justin Auger
Joel Lowry – Andrew Crescenzi – Sam Herr

Damir Sharipzianov – Vincent LoVerde
Kurtis MacDermid – Zac Leslie
Alex Lintuniemi – Cameron Schilling

–Tonight’s scratches for Ontario: D Rob Scuderi, F Paul Bissonnette (lower-body), F Jonny Brodzinski (mid-body), D Alexx Privitera, D Connor Hardowa, F Daniel Ciampini, D Craig Wyszomirski and D Zach Trotman.

–Ontario is 4-3-2-0 against the Roadrunners this season, and an undefeated 3-0-0-0 at home. Forward T.J. Hensick and defenseman Vincent LoVerde each have two goals and five assists for seven points to lead the head-to-head series.

–Forward Michael Mersch has a goal in each of the last two games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him 18 games.

–Tucson has lost its last five games (0-4-1-0) and are led by Chris Mueller, who is tied for sixth in the AHL with 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists).

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