Stockton 3, Reign 2, SO.

The Reign’s first regular-season home game, and their first trip to the shootout, ended in a loss.

Down 1-0 in the shootout, Chad Starling scored in the fifth and final round for the Reign. But Jason Pitton promptly fired in the game-winner on Stockton’s last shot to seal the win.

Jeff Corey and Jon Francisco scored goals in regulation for the Reign, and Corey scored another that popped out of the goal too quickly for the on-ice officials to correctly credit it as a goal.

Kellen Briggs allowed goals in the second and third periods to Jesse Gimblett and Pitton, respectively, the latter coming with the Reign on the power play. He finished with 29 saves and Tyson Sexsmith had 25 saves for Stockton.

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

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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

    I really liked what I saw from the players last night. And as promised by Coach Taylor, the defense was going to join the rush…and they did. My only real complaint is that boys were trying too hard to make those sweet passes and highlight goals. I don’t think I ever saw a big guy like Johnson planting himself in front of the net to screen the goalie and shove in those garbage goals. I was impressed that they were able to keep cycling the puck around in the offensive zone, but again there was too much effort on getting the perfect goal. And speaking of goal, I don’t see how that was missed by all three on-ice officials and the goal judge. That was clearly a goal and the ‘would-be’ difference in the outcome of the game. There needs to be some kind of review system in place for situations like that.

  • Crossbar

    While the officiating may not have been to blame for Friday night’s loss, the job turned in by last night’s trio of officials certainly left something to be desired. IMO the referee looked a bit overwhelmed and out of place at times. Between Kraus’s appearing to get clipped in the face 1st period w/o a call, the puck going over the glass that Karl had to point out to the referee was a delay of game, and the lengthy delay in their noticing that the Stockton net had been knocked off its moorings at 10:40 of the 1st, the guys in stripes seemed to be having a rather off night. As for the phantom Reign goal at approx. 7:00 of the 1st, that was a tough call. The puck came out so quickly that I honestly couldn’t tell if it had gone in or not. The goal judge certainly didn’t think so.

    Good effort by our boys. Chad came through again in the shootout, and Kellen did a nice job between the pipes. Luke B. needs to watch the penalties, though, as he garnered two more PIMs for tripping, bringing this season’s total to 27 in just 4 games (he had 22 PIMs in 29 games with AHL Rochester last year). We don’t need a reprise of last year’s “March to the Penalty Box.”

    On to Victoria for three.

    Let’s go, Reign!