The Reign will play the Stockton Thunder tomorrow and Saturday, a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff series that saw the Reign fall in seven games.
“I made a mistake,” Thomas said. “On the first night (of the preseason), a lot of the players I needed to make decisions on didn’t show me anything, so I really wanted to get a better look at those guys.
“But there were a few I knew weren’t going to make the team in that second game and I should have just sat some of them out. … I was waiting to see, but waiting to see might have cost us.”
A total of 10 players are back from the Thunder’s 2009 playoff roster: Four forwards (Craig Valette, James Bates, Judd Blackwater, Garet Hunt), four defensemen (Matt O’Dette, Daryl Marcoux, Ryan Constant, Jordan Bendfield) and goalies Bryan Pitton and Andrew Perugini.