Ontario Reign 3, San Diego Gulls 4 (SO)
SOG: ONT 31, SD 14
PP: ONT 1/5, SD 0/2
ONT starters: G Jeff Zatkoff, D Alex Lintuniemi, D Vincent LoVerde, F Michael Mersch, F Brett Sutter, F Sean Backman
SD starters: G Dustin Tokarski, D Stu Bickel, D Jeff Schultz, F Nick Sorensen, F Tyler Soy, F Jordan Samuels-Thomas
1) SD – Mitch Hults (1) (Spencer Abbott), 01:50
2) SD – Austin Ortega (3) (Spencer Abbott, Brian Cooper), 02:12
3) ONT – Mike Amadio (16) (Teddy Purcell), 04:44
4) ONT – Teddy Purcell (10) (Mike Amadio), 16:37
5) SD SHG – Scott Sabourin (8) (Zac Larraza), 14:07
6) ONT PPG – Brett Sutter (18) (Teddy Purcell, Vincent LoVerde), 14:32
1) ONT – Jonny Brodzinki: Goal
2) SD – Spencer Abbott: Goal
3) ONT – Teddy Purcell: Blocked
4) SD – Kevin Roy: Goal
5) ONT – Adrian Kempe: Goal
6) SD – Austin Ortega: Goal
-With the shootout loss, the Reign fell to 36-20-10-1 overall and 6-3-1-1 against San Diego this season. The shootout loss was just their first this season. Ontario finished the regular season with a 22-9-2-1 record at home.
–Brett Sutter recorded his 18th goal of the season on the power play.
–Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 12 saves on 15 shots as his record fell to 2-3-1-1. It was his first shootout loss with the Reign.
–Mike Amadio registered his 16th goal of the season and added an assist. He now has four goals and two assist in the last four games.
–The Reign outshot San Diego 35-15 and were led by Damir Sharipzianov with five shots and Sean Backman and T.J. Hensick with four shots each. Four players on the Gulls recorded two shots.
-Three game misconducts were given out during the game. Joel Lowry and James Melindy were each sent off with 10-minute misconducts for fighting at the drop of the puck, and Cam Schilling was sent off for a spearing misconduct in the third period. The game finished with 69 penalty minutes, including two fights.
-As mentioned in this morning’s skate notes, the group of regulars that sat out against Stockton are expected to return to the lineup against San Diego.
-Forward Matt Luff, who made his AHL debut against Stockton on Wednesday, is a healthy scratch against San Diego.
-Forwards Mike Amadio and Philippe Maillet each recorded a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Stockton. Maillet now has four points (2-2=4) in six games with Ontario. In his last three games, Amadio has three goals and an assist.
-Forward Jonny Brodzinski has eight points (three goals, five assists) against the Gulls this season and forward T.J. Hensick leads all skaters in the series with four goals. Forward Corey Tropp leads the Gulls with one goal and four assists against Ontario this season.
-Defenseman Jaycob Megna, who was reassigned to the San Diego Gulls on Tuesday, leads all AHL skaters with a plus-34.
-Ontario is 6-3-1-0 against the Gulls this season and hold an 10-9-2-1 all-time record. The Reign hold an all-time record of 4-4-2-1 against the Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
-San Diego earned home-ice advantage with their 5-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday night. The best-of-5 first round series will feature a 1-1-1-1-1 format, with each team taking turns hosting games. The first game is Friday, April 21st at 7 p.m. PT. The Reign defeated the Gulls in the best-of-seven Pacific Division Finals last season, 4-1.
-The team that scores the opening goal has earned at least a point in every game in the regular season series. Ontario is 5-0-1-0 when scoring first, and San Diego is 3-0-0-1.
-Both teams are in the top 10 power play percentage in the AHL. Ontario ranks 3rd with a 22.7% conversion rate. San Diego ranks 9th with a 19.9% conversion rate.