Ontario: Maybe it was the green uniforms.
Maybe it was the difference between a Friday and a Saturday - after all, the Reign are 5-10-3 on Fridays, but 13-3-1 a day later in their inaugural season.
Whatever the reason, a different Reign team showed up for the first sellout in franchise history than the one that lost badly a night earlier, defeating the Bakersfield Condors 7-3 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Epitomizing the balance that has defined their season, seven different players scored goals for the Reign (33-22-3-1), and netminder Jeff Zatkoff needed just 18 saves for the victory. A record crowd of 9,659 turned out to see the team "go green" - donning Hartford Whalers-like uniforms and collecting recycled electronic items at the arena.
The margin of victory matched the Reign's largest of the season, the seven goals also matched a season-high, and the 21 shots allowed matched a season-low.
Bakersfield led twice, at 1-0 and 2-1, before the Reign erupted to score the next six goals. Geoff Walker, Chad Starling, Jon Rheault, Denny Johnston, Tim Kraus, Andrew Martens, Mike Howe all found the back of the net. Captain Jon Francisco added three assists, while Bud Holloway, Dan Knapp and Dale Reinhardt had two helpers each.
They may have been motivated by the tongue-lashing coach Karl Taylor delivered a night earlier following a 5-1 loss to the Utah Grizzlies.
That defeat allowed second-place Las Vegas to temporarily trim the Reign's lead to six points in the Pacific Division standings.
Now, the Reign hope to carry their momentum into their third game in as many days tonight in Stockton.
Starling's second goal of the season at 11:47 of the second period, 26 seconds after Bakersfield went up 2-1, sparked the rally.
Francisco and Rheault produced the game's prettiest goal 1:11 later, when the captain threaded a pass between two defenders to Rheault, who neatly stick-handled around Condors goalie David McKee in front of the crease.
Bruce Graham, Andrew Ianiero and Liam Huculak scored for Bakersfield (26-29-3-4).
Reign forward Chris Curran, who sustained an upper-body injury against Utah, did not play and is expected to be placed on injured reserve. Local product Itan Chavira is expected to be activated for tonight's game in Stockton.