Needing a big period to climb back in the game, the Reign … put a paltry seven shots on goal and didn’t score.
Stockton went into a more defensive mode and the Reign labored to get the puck out of their own zone. On the few occasions they did, some good scoring chances emerged.
During a late power play, David Walker was on the left side of an odd-man rush, got a late pass from Tim Kraus, had a grade-A opportunity with Parker Van Buskirk out of position, and missed the net high. On another 3-on-2 charge, Brad Mehalko’s pass missed the outstreched stick of Todd Jackson by maybe an inch, and the play died before it even started.
The Reign survived two Thunder power plays, but they need to do more to save their season at this point. Now they need to gain a sense of urgency in a hurry.