Reign 2, Bakersfield 0.

The winning streak is up to six. Tony Voce and Mike Howe scored goals, Curtis Darling had a fairly routine 20-save shutout, and a couple got married at first intermission.

“We were tired,” head coach Karl Taylor said. “I think their team was tired, as well. I think in the
first period we carried the play. We had more energy. In the middle of
the second, they pushed back, did a really good job to get some energy.
I thought in the third period they came hard. (Darling) made two or
three saves again that should have been goals. He’s in the zone right
now. He’s playing really well. He won the game in the end today.”

The six straight wins match a team record set last season. A win Friday against Las Vegas (the Wranglers are in for yet another 3-in-3 next weekend, ending the nine-game homestand) will break it.

A game between two teams desperate not to be the eighth team in a league that sends seven to the playoffs, with a franchise record winning streak on the line, should be a very good one.

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

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.
  • Roadtrip

    Darling was fantastic. Several point blank saves which got the Reign two huge points and kept ahead of Vegas in the playoff picture. BIG series with Vegas this weekend at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

  • Crossbar

    With all due respect to Tony Voce, Curtis Darling deserved the first star of the game last night IMO. I’d read about his being ranked #1 in the ECHL by Goalie’s World, yet based on what I’ve seen from him this year, I had my doubts. Not any more! Last night’s phenomenal performance in goal has made a believer out of me. The saves he made at 4:35 and 11:38 of the 3rd period were outstanding, and with the team doing a great job of clogging up the passing lanes, and Bakersfield taking some rather foolish penalties, the boys were able to secure a shutout and keep the pressure on both Vegas and Stockton. Way to go, guys! Keep up the good work!