Reign shut out; Zatkoff update.

The Reign were swept out of Fresno tonight, taking a 1-0 loss on the heels of Friday’s 5-2 defeat. More importantly, goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, who started Friday but left with a groin injury, isn’t seriously hurt according to Executive VP of Business Operations Justin Kemp.

John Murray, who played the final 54-plus minutes of Friday’s game and took the loss, played much better on Saturday. He stopped 29 of 30 shots, good enough on most nights for a victory but not in the Reign’s second shutout defeat of the young season.

The first-place Falcons (10-4-1) cushioned their lead in the standings on the second-place Reign (7-6-1-1), 21 points to 16. The Reign don’t play again until Wednesday’s game up in Stockton, and don’t play at home again until next Friday against the Bakersfield Condors.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.