Colorado put on an offensive show Wednesday night and took the lead in their Pacific Division semifinal series with a commanding 10-1 victory over Ontario at the Budweiser Events Center.
The Eagles host Game 2 on Friday night.
Colorado scored three times in the first 5:32 of the game, including two shorthanded goals on the same minor penalty, and had a 6-1 lead at the first intermission. They scored twice in the second period and twice more in the third to become the first AHL team to hit double digits in a Calder Cup Playoff game since Hershey’s 10-4 victory over Worcester on May 1, 2015.
In addition to their two shorthanded goals, Colorado’s special teams went 4-for-6 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
Justus Annunen (3-0) stopped 33 of 34 shots in net for the Eagles, who have outscored their opponents 20-5 over their first three playoff games. Their nine-goal margin of victory was the largest ever in a Calder Cup Playoff series opener.
Reign captain Brett Sutter scored the lone Ontario goal.
Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “O” (best-of-5)
P2-Ontario Reign vs. P3-Colorado Eagles
Game 1 – Wed., May 11 – COLORADO 10, Ontario 1
Game 2 – Fri., May 13 – Ontario at Colorado, 9:05
Game 3 – Sun., May 15 – Colorado at Ontario, 11:00
*Game 4 – Tue., May 17 – Colorado at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 5 – Wed., May 18 – Colorado at Ontario, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern