A back-and-forth third period decided an otherwise sluggish game, with Chris Neiszner deflecting a loose puck past Mike Zacharias with 9:21 remaining for the game-winner.
David Walker scored short-handed for the Reign’s only goal and Zacharias, making his second start in as many nights, stopped 24 of 26 shots.
Even though the Reign finished their home-opening weekend 1-2, the mood after the game was fairly upbeat. The Reign matched Las Vegas’ energy for 60 minutes despite playing three games in three nights.
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