RECAP - Tucson 5, Ontario 0 - LA Kings Insider

It was a difficult end to the weekend for the Ontario Reign, who fell 5-0 against the Tucson Roadrunners in the second game of a back-to-back set in Arizona this weekend.

Tucson got a multi-goal game from forward Tyler Steenbergen to lead the way offensively, while goaltender Merrick Madsen turned aside all 32 shots he faced between the pipes to earn the shutout. For Ontario, goaltender Peter Budaj made 26 saves in defeat, while forward Zack Mitchell led the way with five shots on goal.

Was on plane WiFi tonight, which was strong enough to follow along but not watch, so linking the box score for stats HERE. Will add the game highlights as well to this post if the Roadrunners share them via social media.

Notes –
– Ontario fell to 1-4-1 this season in the second half of back-to-backs. Ontario will face another next weekend, with two home games on Saturday (vs. COL) and Sunday (vs. SJ) at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
– With the loss, Peter Budaj falls to 3-4-1 on the season. With the victory, Tucson’s Merrick Madsen moves to 4-1-0. The shutout marks his third of the season.
– Forward Gabe Vilardi was a scratch from the Ontario lineup this evening – Via Jon, Vilardi was scratched due to injury and more information will be known on Monday. Tonight was scheduled to be Vilardi’s final game on his conditioning stint with Ontario. He finishes his time with the Reign with one assist from four games played.

– Boko Imama dropped the gloves in a first period scrap with Tucson forward Travis Howe. It marked Imama’s first scrap since November 3 and just the Reign’s second in that span (Sam Herr, 11/29 @ BAK).
– The Reign are next in action on Saturday, December 15 against Colorado at home for Teddy Bear Toss Night.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario 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.