San Diego Gulls 3, Ontario Reign 1
Ontario Reign (1-0-0-0) at San Diego Gulls (1-0-0-0)
Calder Cup Playoffs: Best-of-5 series tied 1-1
Friday, April 28, 2017, 7 p.m. PT
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
Referees: #42 Jake Brenk, #8 Ryan Hersey
Linesmen: #81 Tanner Nua, #24 J.M. McNulty
ONT starters: G Jack Campbell, D Kurtis MacDermid, D Paul LaDue, LW Philippe Maillet, C T.J. Hensick, RW Teddy Purcell
ONT scratches: G Jack Flinn, D Damir Sharipzianov, D Matt Roy, F Keegan Iverson, F Paul Bissonnette, F Andrew Crescenzi, F Matt Luff, F Joel Lowry, D Chaz Reddekopp, F Justin Gutierrez, D Zach Trotman
SD starters: G Jhonas Enroth, D Keaton Thompson, D Nate Guenin, LW Max Jones, C Sam Carrick, RW Spencer Abbott
SD scratches: G Angus Redmond, F Stu Bickel, D James Melindy, F Corey Tropp, F Tyler Morley, F Nick Tarnasky, F Tyler Soy, F Mitch Hults, F Austin Ortega, F Zac Larraza, F Deven Sideroff, F Giovanni Fiore, F Austen Brassard, F Jack Kopacka
SOG: ONT 39, SD 28
PP: ONT 1/4, SD 1/5
1) SD PPG – Kalle Kossila (1) (Nick Sorensen, Andrew Welinski), 6:00
2) ONT PPG – Mike Amadio (2) (Sean Backman, T.J. Hensick), 9:30
3) SD – Nic Kerdiles (2) (Ondrej Kase, Jaycob Megna), 18:27
4) SD ENG – Antoine Laganiere (1) (Nick Sorensen, Jeff Schultz), 19:38
–The Gulls have won Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in this first round best-of-5. Game 4 is on Monday at 7 p.m. PT in Ontario.
–Mike Amadio’s power play goal was the Reign’s first of the series after starting 0-for-6 through the first two games. It was Amadio’s second goal in as many games and he now has six goals and two assists in his last eight games going back to the regular season.
–Nic Kerdiles’ game-winner with 1:33 left was his second goal of the series. He had a shorthanded mark in Game 1.
–The Reign suffered their first playoff loss in San Diego after taking the first three previous meetings dating back to last season’s second round matchup.
–Goalie Jack Campbell made 24 saves on 26 shots and is now 1-2-0 in the series. The Gulls’ Jhonas Enroth countered with 23 saves on 24 shots to improve to 1-1-0.
–San Diego’s Nick Sorensen recorded two assists and now leads the series with two goals and two assist for four points in three games.
–The Reign outshot San Diego 39-27, including 13-6 in the third period. Michael Mersch had a game-high seven shots on goal, including four of the Reign’s nine shots in the opening period.
–Ontario won Game 1 in this arena just a week ago by a 3-2 score with Jonny Brodzinski netting the winner with 11.7 seconds left off an assist from Adrian Kempe. The Reign went on to lose the following day by a 2-1 score, failing to come back after allowing two goals to Nick Sorensen in the first five minutes. The best-of-5 is thus tied at one game apiece.
–There’s little question of who will be in net as Jack Campbell and Jhonas Enroth will square off for a third straight game. Campbell is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and .931 save percentage in the series while Enroth is 1-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 SV%.
–Reign defenseman Paul LaDue is making his series debut after missing Games 1 and 2 due to an undisclosed reason. He seemed fairly adamant after Monday’s practice that he would be ready to go and that appears to be the case tonight.
–Ontario’s lines are expected to look like the following with some major movement:
Philippe Maillet – T.J. Hensick – Teddy Purcell
Michael Mersch – Adrian Kempe – Jonny Brodzinski
Brett Sutter – Mike Amadio – Sean Backman
Sam Herr – Patrick Bjorkstrand – Justin Auger
Kurtis MacDermid – Paul LaDue
Cameron Schilling – Vincent LoVerde
Alex Lintuniemi – Zac Leslie
With this lineup in mind, defenseman Matt Roy is scratched with the return of LaDue and Joel Lowry is out in favor of Bjorkstrand. Center Andrew Crescenzi (undisclosed injury) remains out and has not played in this series.
–Here’s how the Gulls will align:
Gulls w/ some slight line/D pairing changes. Of note, RW Tropp (reg season scoring leader) still out w/ upper-body injury sustained in Gm 1 pic.twitter.com/t9UpOwsGNO
— Lindsay Czarnecki (@ReignInsider) April 28, 2017
–Game 2’s 2-1 final score was the fifth one-goal playoff contest between the Reign and Gulls. Ontario is 3-0-0 all-time in playoff games at Valley View Casino Center dating back to last season’s 4-1 second-round series win.
–Brodzinski has four goals over his last three games, including two in Game 1, and nine goals and six assists in his last seven games with Ontario. Mike Amadio, Ontario’s lone goal scorer in the Game 2 defeat, has five goals and two assists for seven points in his last seven games.