Reign 5, Alaska 4, shootout.

Another lost lead, another shootout, and another Mike Zacharias special delivery – at least the Reign found a way to win on the road.

The Alaska Aces erased a 3-1 deficit with three third-period goals to take a 4-3 lead, before a goal by Michael Pelech with 1:35 left in regulation sent the game to overtime, and eventually a shootout. Once again, Karl Taylor pulled Curtis Darling in favor of Mike Zacharias and once again, Zacharias delivered. He stopped four of the five Aces shooters, allowing goals by Pelech and Chad Starling to hold up on the other end, with Starling’s proving to be the winner.

It was the fourth straight shootout for the Reign; they have won two and lost two. In three straight shootout performances, Zacharias has only allowed two goals.

Pelech had a huge game, collecting two assists in addition to his goals in regulation and the shootout. Mike Egener kicked off the scoring at 4:39 of the first period, Sean O’Connor made it 2-0 just 62 seconds later with his 12th goal of the season, and Egener’s ninth goal of the season with 34 seconds left in the second period made it 3-1.

Alaska began its comeback with a short-handed goal by Scott Burt at 2:20 of the third period, and even-strength goals by Merit Waldrop and Eric Boguniecki made it 4-3.

Jon Rheault picked up two more assists, giving him five (along with two goals) in four games since his return from the AHL. Geoff Walker and Andrew Martens also had assists for the Reign.

Egener has seven goals and seven assists (and 32 penalty minutes) in his last 12 games for the Reign. Ontario finished 2-for-6 on the power play and held Alaska to one goal in eight man-advantage shifts, but failed to convert a 43-second long 5-on-3 advantage late in the first period.

Here’s what the conference standings
look like; the Reign gained a valuable two points on the Utah
Grizzlies, who did not play last night. They’re now tied with Las Vegas
for the sixth/seventh spot, but Alaska’s point in the standings moves
them into a tie for fourth/fifth with Stockton.

The three-game series resumes at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

  • Sect 122 Fan

    I paid my 7.00 and watched the game online.
    WOW if we didn’t take so many STUPID penalties we would have won this easily. We had 8.5 minutes of penalty kill in the 2nd period ALONE. Two stupid turnovers on our own zone go give up goals 2 and 3.
    Zacharias was EPIC again in the shootout only allowing 1 goal and Starling got the GWG. Mike Egener WAS A BEAST out there with two goals and clearly our best Defender.
    It was funny to hear the visiting teams announcers dog Chad all night on how slow he is and what a liability he is on the ice in crunch time. He got his revenge in the end and won the shootout for us.

    COACH- Don’t if they are tired or lazy but the undisciplined play has to stop or we will not make the playoffs.Give them a day off away from hockey adn let them recharge for the playoff push.
    BTW I am pretty sure we will make it. We are HAWT right now and the teams we are fight with are struggling to keep at .500 we have not lost in regulation in 10 games now

    GO REIGN !!

  • Crossbar

    I also watched the game online, and as the old saying goes–sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Alaska dominated for most of the game and could just as easily have won the contest in regulation. Ontario’s inability to hold multi-goal leads of late and also stay out of the infernal penalty box (this has been an ongoing problem. In last night’s tilt, it led to the Aces being on the PP for 8.5′ of the second period alone!) are troubling signs to say the least. Add in some costly turnovers by our veteran defensemen, and you have a potential recipe for tee times instead of a playoff berth next month. In short, while it was nice to see the team put together a six-game win streak, the Vegas series served as a humbling reminder of just how vulnerable we are, and how mercurial Lady Luck can be.

    Let’s go, Reign!

  • Crossbar

    I, too, watched online, and as the old saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Alaska dominated most of the game and could’ve just as easily won the contest in regulation. A familiar woe–the march of Ontario players to the penalty box–was front and center again last night, leading to 8.5′ of powerplay time in the second period alone for the home team! Throw in yet another blown multi-goal lead and some more costly turnovers by our veteran defensemen, and you have a recipe for tee times instead of a playoff berth come April 6th.

    The recent six-game winning streak was both encouraging and fun to watch, but as the subsequent series with Las Vegas showed, we’re still extremely vulnerable, and Lady Luck is one mercurial dame.

    Let’s go, Reign!

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