The Reign avoided a repeat of their preseason finale Thursday, turning the tables on Las Vegas with a 4-2 victory at Orleans Arena.
Geoff Walker, Darren McMillan, Jon Francisco and Brad Mehalko scored goals for the Reign and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Las Vegas beat the Reign at Center Ice Arena, 4-1 to conclude the preseason and Karl Taylor warned that the Wranglers, one of the ECHL’s best teams the past three seasons, would be a tougher test than the Bakersfield Condors – the only other team the Reign have played thus far.
The two teams get to do it again tomorrow night in Vegas; watch for backup G John Murray to get the start in place of Zatkoff with the Reign playing 3 games in as many days.
Walker is off to a nice start with two goals and five points in two games; so is Zatkoff, who is 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA two games into his pro career. And for what it’s worth (not much at this point), the Reign are in first place in the ECHL’s Pacific Division.