Reign 6, Elmira 5, OT.

Alex Bourret’s goal with 1:04 left in overtime gave the Reign something they’ve been waiting a long time for: Back-to-back wins at home.

Jordan Morrison completed a four-point game by corralling the rebound of a David Walker shot behind the net, then spotting Bourret streaking through the right faceoff circle for the game-winner.

That capped an impressive comeback by the Reign (17-28-2-2), who had trailed Elmira by scores of 3-0, 4-1 and 5-3. Morrison, Chaz Johnson, Shawn Collymore and Kyle Kraemer also scored goals. Johnson finished plus-3 and was on the ice for all but one of the Reign’s goals.

The six-goal outburst matched a season high, and the win brought them within seven points of seventh-place Victoria (21-25-1-2) in the Western Conference standings.

Beau Erickson was fighting the puck early, but benefited from some third-period adjustments that allowed the Reign to spend more time in the offensive zone and outshoot Elmira 10-7. Erickson finished with 27 saves.

Timo Pielmeier (22 saves) started the week as the Ducks’ backup goalie, but finished on the losing end of his first game with the Jackals.

Because I didn’t mention it in the paper: The Reign were sporting vintage Forum-blue-and-gold Kings jerseys, with a crown on the front of the sweater and the Reign logo on the shoulder patch. They looked sharp.

Because they were auctioned off after the game, they won’t be worn again. And because they play in the Eastern Conference, Elmira won’t be back this season after tomorrow.

The Reign would probably like to see both the jerseys and the Jackals back.

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

  • IE Sports Fan

    As I have been critical of the teams play this season (or last two seasons), I think it’s also fair to give praise when due.

    The team has played with a lot of Heart & Grit so far this weekend, and I’m hoping to see this continue the rest of the season.

    I think this is honestly the first time in 2 years where I’ve seen the team play with so much energy, appear to be having some fun, and have a little fight in them.

    Great job boys… please keep it going. BTW, the fans were outstanding last night as well!

  • Crossbar

    If last Saturday’s victory over the Condors was the best home game of the season, then last night’s come- from-behind win over Elmira has to be ranked as one of the premier games in the organization’s three year history. Down 3-0, with ex-Bakersfield nemesis Timo Pielmeier in net, things were looking pretty grim. Had this been earlier in the season, it most likely would’ve been game over. But for whatever reason, the squad has suddenly begun to play with more passion, discipline, and determination; and while one hesitates to ascribe too many positives to just one or two games, last night was electric. The fans knew it, and you could see it in the players’ faces as they celebrated en masse following Bourret’s overtime winner. What a game.

    Finally, kudos to those responsible for designing and executing the Reign’s specialty sweaters. The one worn last night was superb.