WEST VALLEY CITY — The Ontario Reign defeated the Utah Grizzlies 4-3 in regulation Friday night at Maverik Center.
"We have three new bodies in the lineup, it's not the same team we had last week," said Grizzlies head coach Kevin Colley. "It's an adjustment period right now. We need 18 guys pulling the rope to get the two points. The guys we have in right now need to seize the opportunity."
After J.P. Lamoureux stood tall in the first period, making 13 saves, Utah started the second period on the power-play and took a 1-0 lead 1:28 into the frame as Simon Ferguson knocked in a tic-tac-toe setup from Nick Tuzzolino and Tim Crowder.
Ontario came back to take a 2-1 lead with two goals at 6:32 and 8:20 and then added a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 at the second intermission.
Utah (11-6-2-1) battled back twice in the third period with goals from Tyler Ruegsegger and Tim Crowder to make it 3-2 and 4-3. But in between Utah's goals, the Reign added another goal and drew a late penalty to bar Utah from completing the comeback.
J.P. Lamoureux stopped 26-of-30 shots as Utah battled turnovers in his seventh straight start.
Utah completes its home weekend tonight with Ontario at the Maverik Center. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with special prices being offered on hot dogs, corn dogs, tacos and beer.