Stockton 5, Reign 4, OT.

Talk about a rollercoaster game.

The Reign gave up the first goal, climbed back up 2-1, got behind 3-2, then 4-2, then scored twice in the final two minutes — with P.J. Atherton in the penalty box — to send it to overtime.

But the puck never seemed to leave the Reign zone in OT and, 24 seconds after one Stockton goal was waved off, James Bates one-timed a shot past Jeff Zatkoff to win it, 5-4.

Asked if they need to do anything differently going forward, Atherton said “we’ve got to keep an even keel and stick to the system that got us here.”

Your official scoresheet 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.