The Reign still haven’t won through two games in Utah, falling 3-2 in a shootout Friday night to the Utah Grizzlies. (Itan Chavira fans, voice your frustrations now).
Actually, the Reign shouldn’t have needed a shootout specialist to win this game – they didn’t allow a goal for 57 minutes before surrendering two power-play goals that allowed the Grizzlies to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Tim Kraus and Geoff Walker scored first-period goals for the Reign, and goaltender John Murray stopped 40 of 42 shots. Jeff Zatkoff was given the night off in the middle game of a three-game series in Utah that concludes tonight.
Walker, Dan Knapp, Dusty Collins and Andrew Martens collected assists.
The Grizzlies’ James Sixsmith was the only shooter to score in the shootout.