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.