LOVELAND, CO. – Colorado forward Martin Kaut buried a wrister from the right-wing circle with 3:02 remaining in sudden-death overtime to give the Eagles a 3-2 victory over the Ontario Reign on Wednesday. Colorado has now won each of its last eight contests and stands victorious in each of its last seven games on home ice. Pavel Francouz earned his 24th win of the season in net, making 32 saves on 34 shots.
Colorado opened the scoring when a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush saw A.J. Greer blast a shot toward Reign goalie Peter Budaj, while forward Dominic Toninato cleaned up the rebound in the crease to put the Eagles on top 1-0 at the 9:15 mark of the first period.
The opening 20 minutes would also see the gloves drop between Eagles forward Kale Kessy and Reign forward Jamie Devane, with each skater receiving five minutes for fighting.
Heading into the second period, Colorado would stretch its lead on the power play when forward Sheldon Dries snapped a shot from the top of the left-wing circle, lighting the lamp and giving the Eagles a 2-0 advantage with 5:03 remaining in the middle frame. Colorado would outshoot Ontario 7-4 in the period and take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Reign would flip the script in the third period and it would start with a shot from the right circle that would rebound near the goal mouth and be shoved home by forward Zack Mitchell. The tally would trim the Eagles advantage to 2-1 at the 10:20 mark of the period.
Still trailing by a goal late in regulation, Ontario would pull Budaj in favor of the extra attacker and the move would pay dividends when forward Brett Sutter swept a loose puck on top of the crease past Francouz to tie the game at 2-2 with 49 seconds left to play in the contest.
Now moving into sudden-death overtime, each team would generate chances on net, but it would be Kaut who would bring the game to an end when he buried a wrist shot on the rush to give Colorado the 3-2 victory.
The Eagles finished the night going 1-for-5 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Eagles return to action when they travel to San Jose, California to face the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday, March 16th at 2:15pm MT at SAP Center.
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