Reign Rewind: Brodzinski hits 25-goal mark, Auger injured - LA Kings Insider

In the things-of-note category from the Reign’s two-day swing in Charlotte, Jonny Brodzinski hit the 25-goal mark and Justin Auger is returning to Ontario with an upper-body injury. The Reign also picked up just one of four possible points (5-3 loss on Friday, 3-2 OT loss on Saturday) against the Checkers, a Central Division team fighting for a playoff spot. Ontario continues to sit at third in the Pacific, but desperately needs to start stringing some wins together in this final segment of the season (more on that later).

Auger was injured when he went down to one knee to block a Trevor Carrick shot in the second period of Friday’s contest. He later returned in the middle frame but did not dress on Saturday. Head coach Mike Stothers said the 6-foot-7 winger will be evaluated upon the team’s return to Ontario. The Reign are not practicing today.

Brodzinski ripped in a power play goal from the left circle to force overtime on Saturday. His 25th goal added to his team-high mark, and also surpassed the AHL-Reign record of 24 established by Michael Mersch a season ago.

Forward Paul Bissonnette made the trip and took the ice for warmups for both games, but did not play. It appears that he’s turning the corner from a lower-body injury. His veteran presence when he officially returns will be a welcomed addition for a team that’s lost five out of its last six games.


The Reign have just 10 games remaining in the regular season, the fewest among Pacific Division teams, and they’re facing the toughest strength of schedule at .597, according the AHL’s 2017 Calder Cup Playoff Primer. That’s because they will face first-place San Jose, which has already secured a playoff berth, once and second-place San Diego four times the rest of the way.

Here’s a look at the Pacific Division race and then the Reign’s schedule for the remainder of the regular season:

The Reign entered the weekend with their magic number to reach the playoffs at 15 and it’s been dwindled down to 12 by virtue of them picking up a point and having others below them in the standings lose over the weekend. They’ll host last-place San Antonio this Friday and Saturday.

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.