The Ontario Reign were swept by the Utah Grizzlies in a two-game series at Citizens Business Bank Arena with a 5-3 loss Friday and a 5-1 loss Saturday. After the sweep, the Reign dropped to dead last in the ECHL (10-22-0-1) and are just 2-14-0-1 at home.
Friday night, Shawn Collymore gave Ontario a 1-0 lead on the power-play after he buried a one-timer — off a feed from Shawn Germain — past Grizzlies goalie Andrew Engelage. With the assist, Germain extends his point streak to four games. However, Utah scored the next two goals (both on special teams), as Simon Ferguson scored short-handed and Tim Crowder scored on the power-play.
Midway through the middle stanzia, Ontario’s Justin Morrison tied the game at two when he chipped the puck over Engelage for his eighth of the season. However, the Grizzlies responded with two more goals from Tom May and Brett Parnham to take a 4-2 lead.
Both teams added a tally in the third period with Morrison getting his second of the game as the Grizzlies defeated the Reign, 5-3. Beau Erickson stopped 29 shots in the loss and Engelage turned aside 16 in the win.
After Ferguson quickly gave Utah the early lead, Collymore added a tally to tie the game up at 1-1. However, the Grizzlies added four more goals from Marcus Carroll, Giffen Nyren and two by Ferguson for the hat trick as they completed the series sweep with their 5-1 victory Saturday night. Alex Petizian made 30 saves in his debut with Onatrio and Engelage stopped 28 for the victory.
The Reign will look to end their skid at home when they face-off against the Alaska Aces Wednesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, while Utah returns home to take on the Idaho Steelheads at the Maverik Center that same night.