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Reign Hold Off Grizzlies, 3-2

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
West Valley City, Utah – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, beat the Utah Grizzlies 3-2 before a crowd of 6,508 at Maverick Center Friday night.

The Grizzlies wasted no time getting on the board, as Tom May scored just 1:20 into the contest.  Ontario went up 2-1 on Utah turnovers.  The Grizzlies failed to clear the zone and C.J. Stretch’s tallied his sixth goal with a well-placed shot at 3:39.  Jordan Morrison intercepted a Utah pass and pushed the puck ahead to Alex Bourret who let loose with a blistering slap shot from the top of the left circle for his seventh goal of the season at 14:44.

After a scoreless second period, Hugo Carpentier tied the game at two just 44 seconds into frame three.  Beau Erickson had made 35 saves when a diving Grizzlies player collided with him and Mike Zacharias entered the game in relief.  Jordan Hill grabbed the lead back for the Reign with a power-play goal at 12:09 and Ontario went on to defeat the grizzlies, 3-2.

Erickson and Zacharias combined for 41 saves in the victory and Shane Connelly had 21 saves in  the loss.  Zacharias was credited for the win.

Tonight’s three stars were:

1) ONT – Jordan Hill
2) UTA – Kevin Deeth
3) UTA – Shane Carpentier
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