Wranglers, Frank fined for pregame spat.

It’s hard to tell who was the guilty party just by reading this summary, from the Las Vegas Sun, of the Reign’s game against the Las Vegas Wranglers on Dec. 19:

So when the Reign started chirping during pregame warmups, the Wranglers chirped back.

When the Reign started pushing, the Wranglers pushed back.

But once the puck dropped at the Orleans Arena, it was the Wranglers who set the tone.

“We wanted to respond before the game started,” Wranglers defenseman Chris Frank said.

In the judgment of the ECHL, it was Frank and his Las Vegas teammates.

Both were fined separately for violating rule 86.6, which reads: “During the pre-game warm-up (which shall not exceed sixteen (16) minutes in duration) and before the commencement of play in any period, each team shall confine its activity to its own end of the rink.”

The league did not release the exact amount each would be fined.

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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.