Reign 2, Las Vegas 1, OT final.

Tim Kraus put in a rebound of a Chris Curran wraparound 90 seconds into overtime, bringing the Reign back within one point of first-place Vegas in the Pacific. A big game against Stockton looms tomorrow, and the Reign are heading north tonight.

Because they were loading the busses almost as soon as the game ended, I couldn’t grab too many players for their reaction, but P.J. Atherton confirmed what seemed to be true at a glance – it was a big win. Bakersfield helped the Reign’s aspirations to regain separation in the standings by posting four goals in the third period to upset Stockton. In Stockton, no less.

Curran notched a “Gordie Howe hat trick” – a goal, assist and a fight – and was generally outstanding. So was Kellen Briggs, who stopped 24 of 25 shots, including plenty from close range in a game that was tied for all but five minutes, 31 seconds of its duration. Mike Howe, Dale Reinhardt and Andrew Martens had the Reign’s other assists.

Reinhardt (a healthy scratch in recent weeks) and Howe (who missed 10 games with an upper body injury) haven’t contributed much lately. But both were summoned tonight, a day after Geoff Walker sustained a concussion in the second period against Bakersfield. Walker, whose 14 goals and 34 points rank second on the team, will also miss Sunday’s game in Stockton and said he won’t play until Wednesday (against Victoria at CBBA) at the earliest.

Game summary here; more details in tomorrow’s editions.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

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.
  • Tom Ingalls

    It was great to see some intensity and grit last night. Whoever says a defensive, tight checking game is unexciting where one key mistake especially late in the game doesn’t know hockey. Hopefully this will carry over into tonights game up in Stockton. The Reign needs to show some desperation going into the late stages of the season no matter what position they may sit in the standings.

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