PREVIEW: ONT vs. SJ - 10/4 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (0-0-0-0) vs. San Jose Barracuda (0-0-0-0)
WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Toyota Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign begin the 2019-20 regular season this evening in Ontario. The Reign host the San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, in tonight’s opener.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The regular season is here! Ontario kicks things off with a back-to-back set this weekend, beginning tonight against San Jose and continuing tomorrow evening in Bakersfield against the Condors. The Reign went 3-5-0 against San Jose a season ago, but finished the season with wins from three of the final four games played. Expect a possible 11-7 (Forwards-Defensemen) look for the Reign tonight – forwards Johan Sodergran, Jacob Doty and Brad Morrison, along with defensemen Markus Phillips and Chaz Reddekopp were on late for Ontario.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Ontario Reign will begin a season on home ice for the first time in AHL franchise history, as they host the Barracuda this evening. The Reign opened last season in San Jose and dropped a 4-1 final. Ontario has also begun AHL campaigns in San Antonio, San Diego and Bakersfield. Dating back to the franchise’s ECHL days, the Reign last opened a season at home in 2013, when they hosted the Condors.

PTOH-YEAH: Ontario added two players on PTO’s, following training camp – Forward Lance Bouma and Jacob Doty each signed their agreement with the team officially on Wednesday. Bouma collected two points (1-1-2) in two preseason contests, while Doty was scoreless with five penalty minutes in two games played. Read more on Doty’s PTO, with a quote from Mike Stothers, HERE.

KALE GREENS: Kale Clague led all defensemen on both teams in last season’s series with three goals. Clague totaled six points (3-3-6) from seven games played against San Jose a season ago, which ranked tied for second amongst all Reign skaters. Clague’s six points were his highest total against any opponent last season and the Alberta native finished the season with points in three straight games against the Barracuda.

PRESEASON STATS: The Reign were led by Bouma and defenseman Sean Durzi (1-1-2) in preseason scoring with two points apiece. In addition to Bouma and Durzi, forwards Matt Luff, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Sheldon Rempal, in addition to defenseman Olivier Galipeau, now of the Fort Wayne Komets, also scored. Goaltender Cal Petersen led the Reign with a victory, a 2.00 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BARRACUDA: San Jose concluded the preseason with a 2-0 record, after a pair of wins over the Colorado Eagles. Forward Noah Gregor led the Barracuda in scoring with three points (2-1-3), while forward Maxim Letunov also scored two goals. Goaltenders Josef Korenar and Andrew Shortridge each posted 1-0 records, with Shortridge posting a 24-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Colorado on Friday.

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.