Reign 4, Bakersfield 1.

The Reign are on a roll.

There wasn’t much to complain about after a 4-1 win that saw four players score goals, a perfect 7-for-7 effort on the penalty kill and a 2-for-4 power play performance. Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves and didn’t have to be spectacular in improving to 4-0-0 on the season.

Matt Tassone, C.J. Stretch, Chris Cloud and Bill Bagron scored the goals. Steven Tarasuk had two assists, while Shayne Neigum, Brady Calla, Francois Brisebois and Bagron had one each. Bagron also finished a plus-2 on the evening.

The win was the Reign’s third straight (during which they’ve outscored opponents 14-4) and their fourth in the last five games (a 4-0-1 stretch).

No home games for another eight days, but the Reign are in Alaska Friday, Saturday and Sunday for three games against the Aces.

Election night meant early deadlines, which meant I didn’t have as much time as usual after this game for quote- and information-gathering, but here’s a few items that won’t make tomorrow’s game story:

  • Philippe Seydoux played his first regular-season game on a defense pairing with Mike Montgomery. He was held scoreless and credited with one shot on goal, and also went into a slide to break up a centering pass during a 2-on-1 Bakersfield rush. Seydoux, who appeared in the pre-season but needed his visa approved to play in the regular season, said he was playing at about 85 percent. “I tried to keep my shifts short,” he said. “It’s tough to play with no legs.” Jason Christie said that “for not being able to skate and stop like he did, I thought he played great.”
  • Dylan Yeo is day-to-day with an injury he sustained Friday night in Colorado. He was at the game and walking around, and that’s all I know about that.
  • Pat Bowen was a healthy scratch.
  • Astute observers may have noticed something unusual about Cloud’s third-period goal: He was skating up the right side. Cloud is normally a left wing, but he moved to the right side of Bagron with Neigum on the left side and J.D. Watt took a rare shift off. Cloud said that Watt was cut across the face at some point in the game, but Christie said after the game that Watt was OK.
  • Bakersfield entered the game ranked second in the ECHL on the penalty kill (86.9 percent), but allowed two goals on four power-play shifts.
  • Credit Condors goalie Matt Keetley (30 saves) with a good game. He robbed Watt at point-blank range twice in the first period. The final score could’ve been a lot more lopsided.
  • Crossbar

    Another win! I like what I’m seeing thus far, but in the back of my mind, I keep wondering how long it’ll be before Kuemper gets called up to Houston. Then what? Will Berube be able to shoulder the load? Any thoughts on this, JP?

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Chances are, both Berube and Kuemper will stay put. It’s the first year pro for both players, and organizations (at least, the Kings) typically prefer their goalies spend that first year in the ECHL if possible. There are more defensive breakdowns, and therefore more quality scoring chances, in the ECHL than the AHL. Basically, Kuemper and Berube are getting better training here than they would in the AHL.

    That said, Jason Christie is basically keeping Dustin Carlson on hand in case either Berube or Kuemper get called up. That makes me think he’s wary of the possibility. I just don’t see it happening right now, with two NHL-contracted goalies playing (and playing well) for both the Kings’ and Wild’s AHL affiliates.

  • Bob

    Said to say Kuemper got called up, can you give us more info as to why? Any chance he might come back?

    Hope he continues to do well for the Wild.

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