West Valley City, Utah - The Idaho Steelheads defeated the Utah Grizzlies 1-0 Monday afternoon at Maverik Center before a matinee crowd of 7,351 on President’s Day.
"We played with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, created offensive opportunities, but they were all from the outside," said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham.
Utah goaltender Kevin Boyle stopped 32 of 33 shots while Idaho’s Landon Bow stopped all 43 shots that he saw.
“Boyle was tremendous,” said Branham. “We just didn't score a goal for him. He made some big saves. Kevin played well and we are going to need that, because we play Colorado next, and they are a good team.”
Idaho knocked in a rebound 3:07 into the second period for the game’s only goal on Kellen Lain’s 10th of the season.
"It was pretty evident that their goaltender (Landon Bow) stole the show this weekend," said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. "But hey that's the way it goes. We weren't hungry enough to put a stop to it."
The Grizzlies recorded a season-high 34 shots through two periods, but were unable to beat the Idaho rookie.
“We have done well against Idaho,” said Branham. “They hit us at a good time here with an extremely depleted blue line, which I have never seen before in all my years of both coaching or playing. It's tough when you are fighting for a playoff spot and you don't have your normal guys in and they do."
Utah’s Erik Higby believed that he had tied the game in the third period but the puck rang off the post as he fired from the left circle on a two-on-one.
During the first intermission, it was announced that the Grizzlies have addressed their blue line situation and acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Levesque from the Alaska Aces in exchange for forward Brad Navin.
“I really like Brad Navin,” said Branham. “He did a really good job for us. Unfortunately in this business, we needed a d-men, and needed it bad. You have to give up something to get something and unfortunately that's what happened to Brad today.”
Levesque leaves Alaska in his rookie season where he leads Aces defensemen with a plus-ten and was third in scoring by defensemen two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 30 games.
“Marc- Andre is a big, physical presence, he doesn't get beat one-on-one and keeps it simple,” said Branham. “He will be able to play important minutes for us. He's still a young kid. He's familiar with a couple of our players and he will fit right in. He likes to compete and likes to win.”
The Grizzlies now travel to Colorado for games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. All three games begin at 7 p.m. and all three will be broadcast live on ESPN 700/Mobile App and ECHL TV.
The Grizzlies return home Wednesday, March 1; Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 to host Alaska at 7 p.m. each night.
Wednesday, March 1 is our next Wild Wednesday as the Grizzlies, Now 97.9 and 103.1 The Wave Feed Hunger. Get a six dollar lower bowl ticket with a canned food donaton at the box office, plus our usual Wild Wednesday specials of $2 Hot Dogs, Soft Drinks, Churros and Four Dollar Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale.
Join the Grizzlies at Maverik Center Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March and for only $30 get any hat in the team store and a center plaza ticket while supplies last when mentioning this offer at the arena box office.
Saturday, March 4 is our final postgame skate with the team of the season. Skate rental is $2.