The Ontario Reign advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Colorado Eagles in Game 7 of the teams’ first round series Tuesday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena. After exiting the first period tied 1-1, the Reign used three goals in under six minutes over the second half of the second period to break the game open. Maxim Kitsyn posted an assist and a game-high five shots on goal, Gasper Kopitar and Alex Roach each recorded a shot, and 5-foot-8 scrapper Norm Ezekiel, a teammate of Tanner Pearson, Mark Scheifele and Aaron Ekblad with the Barrie Colts, had a major impact by scoring on a rush when he followed his rebound and also issued a punishing hit on former Reign forward Kyle Kraemer, leading directly to Everett Sheen’s insurance goal.
— Gasper Kopitar (@GasperKopy13) April 29, 2015
— Anze Kopitar (@AnzeKopitar) April 29, 2015
The Reign will now face the Utah Grizzlies, who defeated division champion Idaho in six games in the first round. Ontario was 6-3-1-1 in the regular season against Utah, the seven-team Pacific Division’s fourth-place team.
GAME 1 — Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at Ontario
GAME 2 — Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Ontario
GAME 3 — Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at Utah
GAME 4 — Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Utah
GAME 5 — Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Utah*
GAME 6 — Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Ontario*
GAME 7 — Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Ontario*
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