Following a scoreless first period, the Reign took a 2-0 lead with goals by Bill Bagron and Kyle Kraemer. Bagron scored a disputed goal at 3:42 as he batted a floating puck into the net. Referee Dan Jablonski signaled goal, waived it off, then counted it after consulting with the linesmen. Kevin Estrada and Steven Tarasuk assisted on the play. Kyle Kraemer got behind the Grizzlies’ defense and overpowered Utah goaltender Andrew Engelage with a backhand goal to give the Reign a 2-0 lead.
The Grizzlies clawed their way back. Ontario surrendered its first power-play goal in seven games as Logan MacMillan cut the Reign lead to 2-1 at 11:10. Mitch Wahl scored the equalizer 3:29 into the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Both goalies stood their ground through the remainder of regulation and the overtime frame and the Reign went to their second consecutive shootout.
Wahl beat Jean-Francois Berube
in the second round to give Utah the advantage, but Tristan King and Geoff Irwin converted consecutive opportunities to lift the Reign to a 3-2 win.
Berube (7-8-1) earned the win with a season-high 38 saves, while Engelage (14-15-1) took the loss with 37 saves. Three stars:
1) ONT- Jean-Francois Berube
2) UTA - Ryan Turek
3) ONT- Derek Couture