The Utah Grizzlies blanked the Stockton Thunder 5-0 Sunday afternoon in Stockton to win the best-of-five first round series three games to one.
Utah opens the Western Conference semi-finals with home-ice advantage in a 2-3-2 best-of-seven series against Victoria starting Friday and Saturday at Maverik Center. Face-off each evening is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
J.P. Lamoureux stopped all 20 shots that he saw for his first shutout of the post-season, his fourth career playoff shutout and his sixth overall shutout of the year.
Utah broke the game open with three goals in 7:41 late in the first period, that was capped off by a Matt Reber breakaway with two seconds left in the first. Hugo Carpentier got the scoring started 12:17 in the first period on a shot from the circle as Utah still held the puck in from a power-play. Paul McIlveen made it 2-0 2:16 later as he went coast-to-coast off of a Lamoureux save and a Reber setup.
Reber fed Samson Mahbod for his first career playoff goal 2:39 into the third period to make to it 4-0.
Kevin Deeth capped off the scoring with a power-play goal with 1:26 left to make it 5-0. Dave Schulz and Riley Emmerson picked up assists.