Las Vegas 5, Reign 1.

The Reign match their largest defeat of the season but, as Jon Francisco said, “we didn’t play as bad a game as the score said we did.”

Scoring chances were close to even tonight and the Reign actually led in shots on goal, 35-30. But thanks in large part to Vegas goalie Matt Keetley, fresh off an AHL demotion, only one went in – Ryan MacGregor’s third-period power play deflection of a nice Geoff Walker pass in the crease.

The Reign got torched for three goals in the first period, all by the same forward line. That put them in a 3-0 hole that may have been easier to make up if they had scored the game’s fourth goal, but they didn’t. Kellen Briggs looked OK in stopping 25 of 30; the defense let him down on a few plays and one of the goals went in off Shawn Germain’s skate. But the official scoresheet reflects it was another Shawn (Limpright) who scored it for Vegas.

Two significant developments from this one:

1. The Reign are no longer in first place; Las Vegas (which won its 8th straight) moved two points ahead in the Pacific Division standings.

2. Chris Curran got a game misconduct and could face an additional suspension upon review of his second-period boarding infraction. Karl Taylor declined to theorize whether the league would punish Curran because he didn’t see the play. The coach did offer, however, that he thought “an instigator penalty should be called in that situation,” as the Wranglers’ Jason Dest – who wasn’t the victim of the boarding – skated over to fight Curran immediately after the play.

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.
  • HockeyHooligan

    Anyone who watched this game was aware of the one sidedness of the ref calls. Don’t get me wrong…the Reign did not bring their “A” game last night. However, the repercussions Curran faced were a bit extreme. Now possible suspension…he was a little slow to get up after the check…but c’mon this is still hockey, right?

  • Tom Ingalls

    So Ryan Macgreagor says the Reign is “preparing for the play offs” rather than achieving a higher seed going into them.
    The way they’ve been approaching and ‘preparing’ for them is to be outscored 10-2 in the past 2 games of playoff magnitude,(losing 5-1 vs. Stockton last Friday, and losing by the same score vs. Las Vegas last night). Hmmm. Perhaps preparing for a quick ouster in a short series by playing this way is more like it.
    Where’s our heart???!!