Reign 5, Stockton 3.

First the good news.

The Reign power play came alive; officially they were 2-for-8 with the man advantage, but Tony Voce’s first goal came two seconds after a 5-on-4 shift expired.

The penalty kill was equally impressive, killing 4 of 5 – including a total of 1:37 while down two men late in the third period.

Todd Jackson came back into the lineup and was officially awarded two assists in his debut game. That could be changed upon review; Michael Pelech insisted that he did not touch the puck that Jackson deposited on the goal line in the first period, even though the goal was credited to Pelech, who followed Jackson’s shot to make sure it counted.

The other goals were more clear-cut — Voce scored twice, Jon Francisco and Sean O’Connor scored once, and Curtis Darling stopped 29 of 32 on less than 24 hours’ rest.

Now the bad news: James McEwan was taken to a hospital after his first-period fight with Stockton’s James Bates. McEwan injured his hand in the fight and did not return to the game.

Prior to the game, defenseman Mike Egener went on three-day injured reserve with what Karl Taylor called a “lower body injury,” and was replaced on the blue line by Brian Kilburg. Taylor said there is no timetable yet for Egener to return from Friday’s injury, but 3-day IR certainly leaves more room for optimism than the 7- or 21-day IR.

Peter Lenes, who has not scored a goal since Dec. 12, was scratched for the first time all season in order to make room for Jackson.

More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

  • EB

    It was refreshing (and a relief) to see the Reign score some quality goals and still play solid defense to maintain the lead. I thought the penalty kill was outstanding. Now only if the Reign could pull off a string of wins, and position themselves for at least the final playoff spot by April. I’d like to believe that last year’s Division champs and playoff contenders were something more than just beginner’s luck.

  • Bob Terry

    Was “Petey” a healthy scratch Saturday? Do you believe it had anything to do with Todd Jackson’s return or his “shaky” play Friday?

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Yes … and I believe it had more to do with Lenes’ recent body of work (no goals his last 20 games) than any one game.