Justin Auger scored twice and Paul LaDue broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period as the Ontario Reign staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over San Diego in Game 4 of their Pacific Division semifinal series on Monday night.
The Gulls will host the Reign in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET).
After a scoreless first period, Ontario opened the scoring at 5:16 of the second when Jonny Brodzinski fed Auger, who got behind two San Diego defenders and beat Jhonas Enroth for his first goal of the series.
LaDue netted the eventual game-winner at 3:30 of the third period, sneaking down low and burying a rebound for his first postseason goal. Auger pounced on another rebound with 5:03 left and pocketed his second of the night to make it 3-1, and T.J. Hensick capped the win with an empty-netter with 1:54 to go.
Campbell (2-2) made 21 saves in the win, while Enroth (2-2) stopped 31 of 34 shots in defeat.
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 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
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