Stockton 5, Reign 1.

The Reign match their largest margin of defeat ever before 6,569 — not including two lineup scratches and five Zooperstars. Coach Taylor says it’s “the first time all year we didn’t show up to play.” Geoff Walker scored on a redirect of a P.J. Atherton slapshot late in the second period, and that was the lone scoring highlight for the Reign.

What’s worse is that Stockton was down three players to start, down four to finish, and still dominated end to end. Kellen Briggs was a perfect 17-for-17 stopping pucks in a brutal first period for the Reign, but just 13-for-18 afterwards.

Denny Johnston made his season debut in limited playing time and flashed some speed and tenacity. Other than that, it was a game to forget. The game report is here; more details in tomorrow’s editions.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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.
  • Tom Ingalls

    In a game I was anticipating for much of the week that potentially could have somewhat of a play-off atmosphere was an extreme letdown.
    Goalie, Jeff Briggs was solid in the first period as Stockton came out and outgunned the Reign in the shots department something like 17-2. A squandered 4 minute man advantage that perhaps one shot made it to the Stockton goalie. Stockton out skated and out muscled the Reign throughtout the rest of the evening appearing hungrier at climbing into first place than the Reign which is now threatened to lose that spot in their divsion to them. No real sustained attacks in the offensive zone and many shooting opportunities were taken at bad angles or with no traffic in front of the Stockton net.
    No heart! C’mon Reign!!
    Game attendance has come up somewhat, don’t squander this as well. There are a lot of believers in this club to do some damage come play-off time, but a showing like last night, the way that the team was pushed around in their own barn, I’m sort of gettng doubtful.

    Reinspire us with a drubbing of Alaska tonight!!