Reign 4, Alaska 3, shootout.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Reign won in a shootout Saturday, as Mike Zacharias came on in relief of Curtis Darling to get the win and get the Reign a much-needed two points.

It’s a formula that the Reign have employed three times in the last five games and it worked again to clinch victory against the Alaska Aces. Jon Rheault scored all three Reign goals in regulation, and Michael Pelech and Chad Starling scored in the shootout.

Darling stopped 25 of 28 shots over 65 minutes before giving way to Zacharias, who stopped four of the five shooters in the shootout. Mike Egener had two assists as the Reign converted both of their power-play opportunities.

The Reign took four of a possible six points in the Alaska series, turning the standings into a real rat race: seven teams are separated by seven points in the battle for six playoff spots. With the win, the Reign moved a point ahead of the Utah Grizzlies into the seventh and final playoff position.

The Reign are now 9-1-0-2 in their past 12 games.

  • sect 122 fan

    You said in yourself.4 of 6 possible points on the road. I”LL TAKE IT EVERYTIME !!! Team gets a much needed rest the next couple of days.
    Last 10 games will tense. Thank god for Zacharias and his “skills competiton” skills. Hes given up 6 goals on 5 shootouts, maybe 7 in 5.

  • Chivas fan

    Darn, Rosy gets the hat away from home…I’ll be sure to show him the one I would have thrown when they get home next week. Have to go now, starting to cough a little…oh no! Could it be playoff fevor!

  • Crossbar

    Yet another nailbiter with a favorable outcome–not ideal, but we’ll take it. Ontario looked strong in the 2nd period after a rather “polite” 1st (the Walker/Johnson fight to begin the game, notwithstanding), and I was happy see that we yielded just one powerplay goal on the night. Lady Luck graced us as well when Alaska’s Evan Kotsopoulos took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 16:20 of the third, thereby negating the man advantage his team had just won as a result of M. Pelech’s minor for hooking. (Those watching the video feed after the game ended were treated to Coach Thompson’s “colorful” off-mic remarks to Jack Michaels–the Aces’ VP of Operations and play-by-play announcer–regarding his player’s undisciplined/selfish move. In short, it wouldn’t surprise me to see E.K. on the ECHL transactions sheet in the near future, as this apparently wasn’t the first time he’s put himself before the team, and Thompson was livid!)

    All in all, an important team win, with special kudos to Jon Rheault and his three (nearly four) goal performance. Nice to have him (and G. Walker) back in the fold. Now, if we can just get Petey and Hogie to start scoring again . . . .

    Let’s go, Reign!

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