Pacific Division Semifinals Preview

Reign vs. Gulls: 2017 Pacific Division Semifinals Preview

Apr 17, 2017

#2 San Diego Gulls vs. #3 Ontario Reign

Reign and Gulls Meet in Opening Round of 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs in Best-of-Five Series

Pacific Division Semifinals

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:00 PT

Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00 PT Buy Tickets

Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:00 PT

*Game 4 – Mon., May 1 – San Diego at Ontario, 7:00 PT Buy Tickets

*Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Ontario at San Diego, 7:00 PT

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Reign vs. Gulls: Playoff History

The Ontario Reign and San Diego Gulls meet in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second time in as many seasons. Last year, the two sides collided in the best-of-seven Pacific Division Finals with the Reign prevailing four games to one.

2016 Pacific Division Finals

Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls

Game 1 – at Ontario 5-3 Win Box Score Highlights

Game 2 – at San Diego 2-1 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights

Game 3 – at Ontario 3-0 Loss Box Score Highlights

Game 4 – at San Diego 4-3 Overtime Win Box Score Highlights

Game 5 – at Ontario 2-1 Win Box Score Highlights

Game 1 Recap:

The Reign raced out to a 2-0 lead after one period off goals from Michael Mersch and Vincent LoVerde (power play), but the Gulls fought back early in the second period to even the contest. With momentum teetering between the two teams, Reign forward Joel Lowry pulled it back with a late second-period marker to make it 3-2. In the final frame, Mersch and defenseman Jeff Schultz (empty net, shorthanded) sealed the 5-3 victory with a pair of markers to smother a late Gulls charge. Box Score Highlights

Game 2 Recap:

Gulls forward Nick Ritchie struck early in the first period, but the Reign fought back and capitalized on an early third-period power play as forward Kris Newbury deflected in a shot from defenseman Vincent LoVerde. Gulls goaltender Matt Hackett kept the contest locked 1-1 with numerous saves until forward Justin Auger buried the game-winning tally at 11:55 of overtime for a 2-1 Reign victory. Box Score Highlights

Game 3 Recap:

After battling in a physical Game 2 the night before, the Reign and Gulls returned to Citizens Business Bank Arena for Game 3. Late in the first period, the Gulls took a 1-0 lead off a late tally from forward Kalle Kossila and forward Nick Ritchie added a power-play marker in the third period to hold the momentum in an eventual 3-0 victory. Defenseman Jacob Megna found the empty net at 16:49 and netminder Matt Hackett (29 saves) earned the shutout victory. Box Score Highlights

Game 4 Recap:

In a back-and-forth affair, the Gulls opened the scoring midway through the second period as defenseman Shea Theodore capitalized on the power play. In the third period, the Reign responded with tallies from Nic Dowd and Adrian Kempe (two goals), but the Gulls intervened with two markers from forward Chris Mueller to force overtime. Celebrating his 20th birthday, rookie Reign forward Mike Amadio caught the puck off the right-wing circle to send in his first professional goal at 6:29 of the extra skate to claim the victory. Box Score Highlights

Game 5 Recap:

Forward Justin Auger scored the game-winning goal at 8:56 of the second period and the Reign defended a late Gulls push in the third period to claim a 2-1 victory at Citizens Business Bank Arena and win the best-of-seven series, 4-1. Reign forward Joel Lowry grabbed the game’s opening marker early in the second period. Box Score Highlights

2016 Pacific Division Finals Series Leaders

Ontario Reign

#         Player              GP       G          A          PTS      PIM     +/-

10        Mike Amadio     5          1          3          4          0          3

26        Nic Dowd          5          1          3          4          2          -1

39        Justin Auger      5          2          1          3          0          2

9          Adrian Kempe   5          2          1          3          0          -1

27        Michael Mersch 5          2          1          3          4          1

55        Jeff Schultz       5          1          2          3          2          2

#         Goalie              GP       W         L          SL        MIN     GA       GAA     SV%

31        Peter Budaj       5          4          1          0          317:54 10        1.89      0.912

San Diego Gulls

#         Player                          GP       G          A          PTS      PIM     +/-

15        Chris Mueller                 5          2          4          6          2          3

20        Nick Ritchie                   5          2          2          4          10        2

26        Brandon Montour          5          0          3          3          2          2

14        Kalle Kossila                  3          2          0          2          0          1

27        Shea Theodore              5          1          1          2          2          -3

12        Corey Tropp                  4          1          1          2          5          0

28        Antoine Laganiere         5          0          2          2          0          2

#         Goalie              GP       W         L          SL        MIN     GA       GAA     SV%

31        Matt Hackett     5          1          4          0          315:27 12        2.28      0.927

Reign vs. Gulls: 2016-17 Regular-Season Numbers

Ontario Reign
Record: 36-21-10-1 (3rd Place, Pacific Division)
Home: 22-9-2-1
Away: 14-12-8-0
Last 10 Games: 6-3-1-0
Streak: 0-1-0-1
Goals: Jonny Brodzinski (27)
Assists: T.J. Hensick (36)
Points: T.J. Hensick (52)
Penalty Minutes: Kurtis MacDermid (135)
Power Play: 22.9% (3rd in AHL, 55/240)
Penalty Kill: 81.2% (18th in AHL, 49/260)
Power Play vs. Gulls: 20.8% (11/53)
Penalty Kill vs. Gulls: 91.1% (4/45)
Power-Play Goals: Jonny Brodzinski (11)
Power-Play Assists: T.J. Hensick (16)
Power-Play Points: T.J. Hensick (23)
Shorthanded Goals: Justin Auger (2)
Shorthanded Assists: Andrew Crescenzi (2)
Shorthanded Points: Justin Auger (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Brett Sutter, Jonny Brodzinski (5)
Wins: Jack Campbell (31)                         
GAA: Jack Campbell (2.52)                   
SPCT: Jack Campbell (.914)

San Diego Gulls

Record: 43-20-3-2 (2nd Place, Pacific Division)
Home: 23-9-1-1
Away: 20-11-2-1
Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0
Streak: 3-0-0-0
Goals: Corey Tropp, Antoine Laganiere (21)
Assists: Kalle Kossila (34)
Points: Corey Tropp (54)
Penalty Minutes: Stu Bickel (148)
Power Play: 20.1 % (9th in AHL, 55/274)
Penalty Kill: 80.5 % (23rd in AHL, 50/257)
Power Play vs. Reign: 8.9% (4/45)
Penalty Kill vs. Reign: 79.2% (11/53)
Power-Play Goals: Corey Tropp (11)
Power-Play Assists: Kalle Kossila (18)
Power-Play Points: Kalle Kossila (22)
Shorthanded Goals: Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Chris Wagner (3)
Shorthanded Assists: Jacob Megna (4)
Shorthanded Points: Jacob Megna (5)
Game-Winning Goals: Corey Tropp, Kevin Roy, Antoine Laganiere (4)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (17)                         
GAA: Jhonas Enroth (1.91)                   
SPCT: Jhonas Enroth (.931)

Complete 2016-17 AHL Regular-Season Stats

Reign vs. Gulls: 2016-17 Regular-Season AHL Leaders

Ontario Reign

Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid tied for second in the American Hockey League with 40 minor penalties.

Goaltender Jack Campbell finished first in the AHL with 31 wins, second with 3,072 minutes played, fourth with 1,365 saves and 14th with a 2.52 goals-against average.

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde tied for 19th among defensemen with 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists).

San Diego Gulls

Gulls defenseman Stu Bickel finished second in the AHL with 148 penalty minutes. Forward Scott Sabourin tied for third with 147 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Jacob Megna tied for first in the AHL with four shorthanded assists. He led the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-33.

Forward Kalle Kossila tied for sixth among AHL rookies with 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) and fourth with 34 assists.

Reign vs. Gulls: 2016-17 Head-to-Head Series

The Ontario Reign and San Diego Gulls met 12 times during the 2016-17 regular season with the Reign earning a 6-4-1-1 head-to-head record. All-time, the Reign are 10-10-2-2 against the Gulls in the regular season, 4-4-2-2 all-time at Citizens Business Bank Arena and 6-6-0-0 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Pacific)

Oct. 15 Ontario at San Diego 2-0 Win Recap

Nov. 27 San Diego at Ontario 4-3 Loss Recap

Dec. 13 Ontario at San Diego 3-2 Win Recap

Dec. 27 Ontario at San Diego 2-1 Overtime Win Recap

Jan. 22 San Diego at Ontario 3-2 Shootout Win Recap

Feb. 3 San Diego at Ontario 4-3 Overtime Loss Recap

Feb. 4 Ontario at San Diego 2-0 Loss Recap

Feb. 10 San Diego at Ontario 4-1 Loss Recap

Apr. 7 Ontario at San Diego 4-0 Win Recap

Apr. 8 San Diego at Ontario 3-1 Win Recap

Apr. 14 San Diego at Ontario 4-3 Shootout Loss Recap

Apr. 15 Ontario at San Diego 5-3 Loss Recap

Watch Highlights from 2016-17 Regular-Season Series  

Full 2016-17 Regular Season Head-to-Head Series Stats

Series Leaders

Ontario Reign

#         Player                          GP       G          A          PTS      PIM     +/-

22        Jonny Brodzinski            10        5          5          10        4          -3

19        Mike Amadio                 12        4          3          7          0          2

18        Teddy Purcell                6          1          6          7          0          2

17        T.J. Hensick                  11        4          2          6          2          -2

16        Sean Backman              12        1          5          6          4          -2

27        Michael Mersch              8          1          5          6          4          3

#         Goalie              GP       W         L          OT        MIN     GA       GAA     SV%

1          Jack Campbell   10        6          3          1          608:13 20        1.97      0.936

37        Jeff Zatkoff       1          0          0          1          65:00    3          2.77      0.800

36        Jack Flinn          1          0          1          0          58:33    4          4.10      0.826

San Diego Gulls

#         Player                          GP       G          A          PTS      PIM     +/-

34        X Chris Wagner             7          2          4          6          12        4

11        Spencer Abbott (total)   4          2          3          5          0          -1

            RFD                              2          2          1          3          0          0

            SD                                2          0          2          2          0          -1

12        Corey Tropp                  10        1          4          5          14        1

28        Antoine Laganiere         11        3          1          4          6          -2

9          Kevin Roy                     12        3          1          4          2          1

37        Zac Larraza                   5          2          2          4          0          3

#         Goalie              GP       W         L          OT        MIN     GA       GAA     SV%

33        X Kevin Boyle    2          0          0          2          128:46 4          1.86      0.929

1          Jhonas Enroth   5          4          1          0          301:42 10        1.99      0.925

31        Matt Hackett     1          0          1          0          56:35    2          2.12      0.926

39        Dustin Tokarski 4          2          2          0          242:59 11        2.72      0.908

Reign vs. Gulls: All-Time Playoff Records

Ontario Reign

Number participated in: 1

Number of individual series won: 2

Number of individual series lost: 1

Total number of playoff games played: 13

Games won: 7

Games lost:6

Number of overtime games: 3

Overtime games won: 2

Overtime games lost: 1

Number of games opponents shut out: 0

Number of games shut out by opponents: 2

Calder Cup Championships: 0

Losing Finalist: 0

Ontario Reign All-Time Playoff Results

Year    Round Opponent        Result GF GA

2016     CF        L, Lake Erie       0-4       6 13

DF        W, San Diego    4-1       13 11

DSF      W, San Jose      3-1       11 6

San Diego

Number participated in: 1

Number of individual series won: 1

Number of individual series lost: 1

Total number of playoff games played: 9

Games won: 4

Games lost: 5

Number of overtime games: 2

Overtime games won: 0

Overtime games lost: 2

Number of games opponents shut out: 1

Number of games shut out by opponents: 0

Calder Cup Championships: 0

Losing Finalist: 0

San Diego All-Time Playoff Results

Year    Round Opponent        Result GF GA

2016     DF        Ontario             L, 1-4   11 13

DSF      Texas               W, 3-1 16 9

Reign vs. Gulls: All-Time Playoff Points Leaders

Ontario Reign

Player              GP       G          A          PTS      Season

Nic Dowd          13        4          7          11        2015-16

Kevin Gravel      12        1          6          7          2015-16

Joel Lowry        12        4          2          6          2015-16

Michael Mersch 13        2          4          6          2015-16

Mike Amadio     11        1          4          5          2015-16

Adrian Kempe   13        4          1          5          2015-16

Justin Auger      13        3          2          5          2015-16

Sean Backman 13        1          3          4          2015-16

Jeff Schultz       13        1          3          4          2015-16

San Diego Gulls

Player                          GP       G          A          PTS      Season

Chris Mueller                 9          4          7          11        2015-16

Nick Ritchie                   9          5          3          8          2015-16

Stefan Noesen               9          2          5          7          2015-16

Mike Sgarbossa             5          1          4          5          2015-16

Shea Theodore              7          2          3          5          2015-16

Brandon Montour          9          0          5          5          2015-16

Chris Wagner                7          2          2          4          2015-16

Antoine Laganiere         9          2          2          4          2015-16

Ondrej Kase                  9          1          3          4          2015-16

Matt Bailey                    8          1          2          3          2015-16

Joseph Cramarossa        9          3          0          3          2015-16

Reign vs. Gulls: All-Time Playoff Individual Player Records

Ontario Reign

Players

Most points in one playoff: 11, Nic Dowd, 2016

Most points in one playoff game: 3, Andrew Crescenzi, 4/29/16 vs. S.J. (1-2), Michael Mersch, 5/5/16 vs. S.D. (2-1), Nic Dowd, 5/13/16 at S.D. (1-2)

Most goals in one playoff: 4, Nic Dowd, 2016, Joel Lowry, 2016, Adrian Kempe, 2016

Most goals in one playoff game: 2, Adrian Kempe, 4/28/16 vs. S.J., Michael Mersch, 5/5/16 vs. S.D. Adrian Kempe, 5/13/16 at S.D.

Most assists in one playoff: 7, Nic Dowd, 2016

Most assists in one playoff game: 2, Andrew Crescenzi, 4/29/16 vs. S.J., Kevin Raine, 5/5/16 vs. S.D., Nic Dowd, 5/13/16 at S.D., Kevin Gravel, 5/13/16 at S.D.

Most playoff games played, all-time: 13, several players tied

Goaltenders

Most playoff appearances all-time: 13, Peter Budaj

Most wins in one playoff: 7, Peter Budaj, 2016

Most losses in one playoff: 6, Peter Budaj, 2016

Most shutouts in one playoff: 0

Lowest GAA in one playoff (min. 5 gms.): 2.18, Peter Budaj, 2016

Highest save percentage in one playoff (min. 5 gms.): .904, Peter Budaj, 2016

San Diego Gulls

Players

Most points in one playoff: 11, Chris Mueller, 2016

Most points in one playoff game: 3, several players; last: Chris Mueller, 5/13/16 vs. Ont. (2-1)

Most goals in one playoff: 5, Nick Ritchie, 2016

Most goals in one playoff game: 2, Stefan Noesen, 4/28/16 vs. Tex., Joseph Cramarossa, 4/29/16 vs. Tex., Chris Mueller, 5/13/16 vs. Ont.

Most assists in one playoff: 7, Chris Mueller, 2016

Most assists in one playoff game: 3, several players; last: Chris Mueller, 4/29/16 vs. Tex.

Most playoff games played, all-time: 9, several players tied

Goaltenders

Most playoff appearances all-time: 6, Matt Hackett, 2016

Most wins in one playoff: 2, Anton Khudobin, 2016 Matt Hackett, 2016

Most losses in one playoff: 4, Matt Hackett, 2016

Most shutouts in one playoff: 1, Matt Hackett, 2016

Lowest GAA in one playoff (min. 5 gms.): 2.27, Matt Hackett, 2016

Highest save percentage in one playoff (min. 5 gms.): .925, Matt Hackett, 2016

 

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