ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings, defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 7-3, on Friday evening at Citizens Business Bank Arena before 6,224 fans.
Forward Greg Hogeboom put the Reign on the board first when he wrist shot the puck past goaltender Mitch O’Keefe’s glove side at 7:47 in the opening period. Center Tim Kraus set up the play by passing the puck to his right where Hogeboom was located.
Defenseman Michael Egener gave Ontario a 2-0 lead at 5:32 in the 2nd period when he fired the puck past O’Keefe. Tim Kraus picked up his second assist of the night.
Utah forward James Sixsmith was the first to score for the Grizzlies at 8:07. On a 5-on-3 man advantage, Sixsmith beat goaltender Curtis Darling stick side. Defenseman Peter Aston assisted on the play and narrowed the Reign’s lead to one goal.
At 16:02, Right wing Tony Voce shot the puck over the shoulder of O’Keefe and notched the third goal of the game for the Reign. Forward Michael Pelech and right wing Todd Jackson assisted on the play.
With a couple seconds left in the 2nd period, forward Tom May picked up his own rebound and beat Darling. Sixsmith picked up the only assist on the play and his second point of the game.
In the third period, Utah tied the game at 3-3 when Aston shot the puck over Darling’s stick and picked up his second point of the night. The Reign answered back at 5:46 when Kraus passed the puck to Hogeboom who tapped the puck into the net. Ontario took the lead and never looked back.
Center Robert Pearce notched his fifth goal of the season when he put the puck in the top right corner of the net. Defensemen Chad Starling and David Walker assisted on the play at 14:51.
At 16:47, Hogeboom registered his third hat trick of the season when he broke away from two Utah defenders and placed the puck top shelf. Kraus picked up his fourth assist of the game and Egener notched his third point of the game.
With less than 3 minutes left in the game, Voce scored his second goal of the night and Pelech picked up his second assist of the night. The Reign took their 4th straight win with a final score of Reign 7, Grizzlies 3.
Three stars: 1. ONT – Greg Hogeboom 2. ONT – Tim Kraus 3. UTA – James Sixsmith