With just a few seconds left on a 5-on-3 power play, Bakersfield scored 46 seconds into the period to make it 3-2. With 8:54 left, Bakersfield defenseman Chris Kaufman scored when it seemed he was the only one on the ice who saw the puck, with Reign goalie John Murray leaving the glove side of the net wide open.
There were more fisticuffs than sweet plays in the middle period, but somehow no 5-minute fighting penalties were assessed. The first punches were thrown at 9:05, between the Reign’s Dusty Collins and Bakersfield’s Scott Balan, which brought out the first chants of “Let’s Go Reign!”
The Reign have their work cut out for them in the third. More to come.