Las Vegas 4, Reign 3, shootout.

Another night, another shootout.

This time, Las Vegas got the only goal and walked away with the victory.

For the second night in a row, Karl Taylor switched goaltenders, pulling Curtis Darling in favor of Mike Zacharias for the skills competition. Zacharias stopped four of five shooters, but it wasn’t enough. Joel Gistedt, who replaced an injured Michael Ouzas in the third period, stopped all five Reign shooters to seal the victory.

Jon Rheault scored for the second straight night and Tim Kraus and Sean O’Connor also had goals for the Reign. Mick Lawrence, Adam Miller and Chris Neiszner scored for the Wranglers. Ned Lukacevic had the only goal in the shootout.

Darling stopped 28 of 31 in regulation.

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

  • fan

    Another night of bad officiating. Some bad calls and some very obvious ones missed.Its almost as if the ref has it out for the team. Boys played hard this weekend. Keep it up in alaska and take all 3.

  • Les Alexander

    J.P.,
    Why can’t Zacharias get a start? He comes in on Sat. and shuts down LV cold and that doesn’t earn him a start on Sunday? Why is Starling taking part in the shootouts? For that matter why is Chad still on this team? This team was sold to us fans has a development league this guy is 30 years old and has no chance of never going to the NHL unless he buys a ticket. The team needs to get younger if we are ever going to compete for an ECHL championship.

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Addressing each of these …

    1, Every time I ask Karl Taylor about his choice of a starting goaltender, it’s the same answer: He’s going to start the guy who he feels gives the team the best chance to win. Darling has arguably been the team’s MVP this season, but I would agree that few expected him to start every night the last three weeks. Given the results (16 of a possible 18 points), I wouldn’t expect that to change – unless, of course, the game goes to a shootout.

    2, Here is a breakdown of the team’s shootout leaders:

    O’Connor: 3-5
    Starling 2-6
    Voce 2-7
    D.Walker 1-3
    Rheault 1-3
    Hogeboom 1-8

    No other active player has scored in a shootout for the Reign. Shawn Germain is injured and Jon Landry is in Kalamazoo, but both defensemen were 1-for-1 in the shootout for the Reign this year.

    3, From the press box, I’ve seen Chad in the stands at several Ducks games the last couple years.

  • Sect 122 fan

    Figures Chad would be a Ducks fan. I question his choices on and now OFF the ice.
    Do we as a team even practice penalty shots? do we know the goalie tendencies before the shootouts. if we could win a few of these we could be in a better place in the standings. You can’t expect to win a shootout by only converting 1 or 2 of 5 chances.

    On pulling Darling in the shootout- It was a brilliant move Saturday, Sunday Taylor as looking for the same magic and went to well one too many times. Not Zacharaias fault when we only score one goal. Zacharias deserved a start Sunday IMO for winning Saturday not to mention Darling needs a rest going into the playoffs, YES we will be there !!