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Gulls off to second round with 4-1 win

San Diego is off to the Pacific Division Finals following a 4-1 win over Ontario in their winner-take-all Game 5 at Valley View Casino Center on Tuesday night.

The Gulls blitzed emergency Ontario starter Jack Flinn for three goals in a span of 2:37 midway through the first period, taking a 3-0 lead and never looking back. Flinn got the start after Jack Campbell was initially ruled out after suffering an injury in Game 4 on Monday, and Jeff Zatkoff went down injured during pre-game warmups.

Campbell dressed and eventually replaced Flinn (8 saves) at the 11:40 mark of the first.

Nic Kerdiles tallied a goal and two assists, Kevin Roy notched a goal and an assist and Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves to send the Gulls to the division finals for the second consecutive postseason.

Keaton Thompson and Jordan Samuels-Thomas also scored for San Diego.

Brett Sutter notched the only goal for the Reign in Game 5. Campbell stopped 14 of 15 shots in his relief outing.

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
P2-San Diego Gulls vs. P3-Ontario Reign
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Ontario 3, SAN DIEGO 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – San Diego 2, ONTARIO 1
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – SAN DIEGO 3, Ontario 1
Game 4 – Mon., May 1 – ONTARIO 4, San Diego 1
Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – SAN DIEGO 4, Ontario 1