ONTARIO - The Ontario Reign completed a three-game sweep of the Utah Grizzlies with a 5-1 victory Saturday night before 7,490 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
It was Ontario's seventh consecutive home win.
Everett Sheen, Geoff Irwin, and Bill Bagron extended their scoring streaks to nine, eight, and six games, respectively. Ontario netminder Chris Carrozzi stopped 32shots for his 16th win of the season.
Ontario is 6-1-0 against Utah and has outscored the Grizzlies 32-14 despite being outshot in four of the contests.
Ontario took a 1-0 lead with its first shot of the game just a minute into play on Kyle Kraemer's 20th goal of the season. Irwin hit Chris Cloud with a stretch pass into the Utah zone and Kraemer one-timed Cloud's feed past Andrew Engelage.
The Reign took advantage of a deflection to extend their lead to 2-0 at 12:11 when Vincent LoVerde's slap shot from the blue line caromed off of J.D. Watt. Playing in only his third game since missing 11 due to injury, Watt dropped to one knee and pumped his fist in the air to celebrate. It was his third goal and fifth point of the three-game series.
"I just tried to get out in front and do some blocking," Watt said. "The puck took a lucky bounce off my shinguard and into the net."
The teams had gone four games without a power-play goal, but Steven Tarasuk ended the streak at 10:21 of the second period with a point shot through traffic.
Play began to get rough in the second. Utah defenseman Cody Lampi registered big hits on Sheen, Bagron and Pat Bowen, before tempers boiled over. Sticks and gloves scattered the ice as a check in front of the Reign bench led to a trio of scuffles.
The crowd roared as Chris Huxley, not normally known for fighting, got the better of C.J. Severyn before the two fell to the ice and the linesmen could break it up.
The Reign continued to rack up goals in the third period. While the Reign were short-handed, Cloud intercepted a bad pass by Paul McIlveen at the Reign blue line and raced down the ice for an unassisted marker. It was the team's second short-handed goal in as many nights. Bagron tallied Ontario's fifth unanswered goal at 9:33.
Ryan Watson broke up Carrozzi's shutout bid with just 2:52 left as Utah crashed the net and Watson knocked the puck in through a mass of bodies.
The Grizzlies outshot the Reign 33-21, but Utah was limited to few quality scoring chances as the Ontario defense kept the front of the net clear for Carrozzi.