Bakersfield 6, Reign 3.

Jon Francisco scored twice, and Jon Rheault added a short-handed goal, but the Reign lost in regulation for just the second time in the last 30 days.

A string of second-period penalties seemed to untrack the Reign as Bakersfield scored five unanswered goals. More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin, and check out Friday’s paper for a longer look at new defensemen Colten Teubert and Patrick Mullen.

Teubert (who was paired with David Walker) didn’t figure much into the final outcome. He saw some penalty-kill time, but decided to save his first earth-shaking hit for this weekend at The Bank. Mullen was paired with Chad Starling and figured into the scoring in the third period – for Bakersfield. He effectively sealed off the slot on a 2-on-1 breakaway, but accidentally deflected Adam Naglich’s centering pass between Curtis Darling’s legs.

Darling stopped 27 of 32 before giving way to Mike Zacharias (8-for-8) for the final 11:15.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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.
  • Thought of Day

    Sorry to say another disappointing loss. It seemed we came out playing really good, but once again blew a lead. That makes how many blown leads? More than I care to count. If only we can play with a high intensity the whole game the Reign can be extremely lethal.

    Two points that got stuck out to me was our goaltending and our penalties.

    I have noticed at home and several times on webcast about Darling losing skaters and eventually giving up easy goal cause he looks confused. How many goals does it take to give Zacharias a start? He has done so well in the shootouts only to be rewarded by watching the next game from the bench. In my opinion, Zacharias has been the hot hand winning these games for us and has proved himself. If Darling played to his ability I can see starting him. However, lately, he is not. He should have been lifted long ago.

    You cannot win when you’re constantly going in the box. It seems to me that once we get a penalty they come raining down one after another. At this level, you would think they’d be a little more disciplined than they are showing. Going a man down most of one period doesn’t help the chances of winning.

    Let’s control the puck, play a whole game, start Zacharias (our hot goaltender) and stay out of the box. If we do all these I can see us getting into the playoffs and playing some great games.

    I have no doubt we can make the playoffs, but I really question the coaches decision.

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