WEST VALLEY CITY -- The Victoria Salmon Kings added a late empty-net goal to break open a 3-2 game and beat the Utah Grizzlies 4-2 Friday night at Maverik Center in game one of the Western Conference semi-final series.
Each team traded early first period power-play goals, with the ECHL's leading playoff scorer and Utah captain Simon Ferguson jamming in his fourth goal of the playoffs to tie the game at one 11:27 into the first period. Giffen Nyren and Matt Reber picked up assists on the power-play goal.
Victoria scored two five-on-five goals in a 5:32 span (18:32 of first period and 4:04 of second period) to make the game 3-1 as they scored on two shots through traffic that both went off of bodies in front and past a screened J.P. Lamoureux.
Utah got back within a goal as Brett Parnham scored his third goal of the playoffs.
As Utah worked in the final minute of the game with an extra-attacker they had several good chances before Victoria found an empty-net and made the game 4-2.