Reign 2, Idaho 1.

Mike Zacharias made the most of his second start in as many nights, and the Reign beat the conference-leading Steelheads for the fourth straight time.

Michael Pelech and Geoff Walker scored the goals, Zacharias made 25 saves, and the Reign withstood a midgame uniform change – more details in tomorrow’s editions – to pull out the win.

The National Conference standings still look crazy, but contain some good news for the Reign (29-27-3-6, 67 points). They’re out of last place thanks to Stockton’s 4-3 win in Utah, through the Grizzlies (66 points) are still breathing down their necks. The Reign have one game in hand on Las Vegas (69) and can tie the Wranglers and Stockton (69) with a win over the Steelheads tomorrow.

Alaska beat Las Vegas 3-2 to move into a tie with Victoria for third place in the conference (70 points).

Jon Rheault collected an assist on Pelech’s goal to extend his point streak to four games. He has seven goals and 15 points in nine games since returning from the American Hockey League.

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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.
  • EB

    An overall good game…Zach was great in the net, and Egener beat the daylights out of Dawson. But what was up with that ref!? Just about every physical contact became a penalty–for both sides. Ridiculous.

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Never seen anything like it in hockey, but at least the winning jersey bidders get a piece of hockey history.

  • Crossbar

    What a whacky season; what a whacky game! The Reign have struggled mightily at times, yet by virtue of Saturday night’s win over Idaho, they’ve now taken 6 of 8 from one of the best, if not the best, teams in the ECHL. Go figure. Some teams just have another’s number, I guess, regardless of the standings.

    MZ looked great again in goal, and I’m wondering where this sudden spate of physical play’s been all season? Nice to see Petey take some regular shifts, and was that Mike Tyson out there on the ice at 14:28 of the 1st? Mr. Dawson obviously picked on the wrong guy (Egener) to get feisty with. That was as one-sided a scrap as they come. My guess is that we’ll probably be seeing more of Idaho’s Mr. Huxley this afternoon, given that today’s contest will mark the end of the regular season series between the two clubs. It ought to be a very interesting game.

    Finally, someone in the Reign organization apparently dropped the ball big time last night, as the team had to endure the embarrassment of changing into their navy jerseys to start the 2nd period because the military camo jerseys they’d donned in the 1st (with matching socks) were deemed too similar in appearance to the Steelheads’ jerseys. JP, have you ever seen anything like this happen in professional hockey? I certainly haven’t. All that money (and time) spent personalizing the sweaters, and they’re only worn one period–wow! I know they changed jerseys after each period in the ECHL All-Star game last January, but then it was by design. Last night’s camo sweaters didn’t look all that different from the model used last year (3-21-09) against Phoenix (primarily gray with black and white accents), so my guess is the gaffe resulted from that age-old problem: a failure to communicate. Whatever the reason, it was a rather embarrassing oversight in an otherwise enjoyable (and successful) night at CBBA.

    Let’s go, Reign!

  • Bob Terry

    I am very happy with how the “boys” are playing and let me tell you about one incident last night with the ref. T-VO( Tony Voce) got a stick across his neck in the 2nd period last night and he got upset because of the no-call. A couple of minutes later the ref lost his cool and skated towards the Reign bench and…I quote…yelled at Tony..”You take a dive and you want me to call a high stick?”…that was unprofessional and I just wish an ECHL official would have heard that exchange.