Alaska 2, Reign 1.

The Reign were noticeably closer to victory Friday than they were in a
6-3 loss to Alaska on Wednesday night. But as head coach Karl Taylor
noted afterwards, “there are no moral victories this time of year.”

The loss – though it was a close one – leaves the Reign two points
behind the Las Vegas Wranglers for the National Conference’s final
playoff berth, with four games left in the regular season.

Tim Kraus scored the lone goal, and Curtis Darling stopped 20 of 20
shots after Mike Zacharias allowed two goals in 18 minutes.

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

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.
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    We had our chances last night but just couldn’t convert them into points, largely due to Aces goalie, Billy Sauer, who turned in a stellar performance and IMO was deserving of the game’s first star. Hats off to the rookie. We allowed yet another PP goal, but we also got lucky at 1:15 of the 2nd when an Alaska shot caught the post instead of the twine. I was also amazed by the number of times I observed a Reign player holding onto his opponent’s stick well after the puck had moved elsewhere. Why these weren’t called I don’t know, but we were fortunate that they weren’t. Hey guys–enough penalties already! On a somewhat darker note, Anthony Peluso’s falling on David Walker ((and tweaking his right(?) leg)) from behind at approx. 6:30 of the 2nd as the two raced for a loose puck looked rather odd from my vantage point (Intentional? Payback? The two had nearly come to blows and exchanged words earlier in the game), as did Alaska’s first goal, which despite the replays, somehow managed to cross the goal line. All in all, I think we can chalk this loss up to simply being outplayed.

    Which sets up an interesting situation for tonight’s regular season home finale. Although we’ll still have three road games left, and Las Vegas is currently just two points ahead of us, we need to defeat the Aces tonight in order to have a realistic chance of securing a playoff spot. Our road record is 10-19-2-2, with a minus 40 goal differential (vs. +21 at home), and we’re 1-3 up at the Orleans this year–not inspiring numbers to say the least.

    Let’s get it going, Reign! I can’t think of a better way to reward the fans on Fan Appreciation Night than notching one in the win column.

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