Estero, Florida - The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Florida Everblades 4-3 Wednesday night at Germain Arena.
The Grizzlies built a quick 3-0 lead with three goals in the first 5:04 starting 67 seconds into the contest and they never looked back.
“I thought we played a pretty solid game,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We were good at getting pucks to the net early on.”
Michael Pelech scored his 15th goal of the year 1:07 into the first period after Marc-Andre Levesque held in a puck at the line and sent it to the net with Erik Bradford getting a piece of it on the way.
Cam Reid (7) made it 2-0 4:48 into the frame as him and Carlos Amestoy crashed the net on a puck sent in from the circle by Ralph Cuddemi.
16 seconds later, Austen Brassard (5) tipped a puck home held in by Martin Nemcik after the Everblades won the face-off and couldn’t complete a D to D pass to get out of their zone.
3-1 at the first intermission, Phil Pietroniro blasted in a puck that was tipped home by Erik Bradford (14) 59 seconds into the second period after Jon Puskar held the puck in.
“We played with good energy and had a good result from it,” said Branham. “Our forwards were rolling there and Phil (Pietroniro) made a nice play on that fourth goal for Bradford to tip.”
4-2 at the second intermission, the Everblades added a power-play goal 6:46 into the third period, but the Grizzlies held on for the win.
Utah goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 28 of 31 shots in the victory.
Defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst, acquired from Norfolk Tuesday, made his Utah debut and finished with a plus-one in the contest. “Good addition on Verpaelst,” said Branham. “That was a good game for him, definitely a good trade to make.”
The Grizzlies are in Orlando Friday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
The Grizzlies host Beer Fest Weekend Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 with Beer Fest packages starting at $30 that include: a lower bowl ticket, a Beer Fest T-Shirt, a Beer Fest Mug filled with a premium beer and a brat.
Go Green With Mark Miller Subaru
On Friday, March 17 the Grizzlies will celebrate going green with Mark Miller Subaru by offering lower bowl tickets starting at $10 when mentioning Mark Miller Subaru at the arena box office. Did you know? Mark Miller Subaru plants a tree for EVERY new car sold?
The Grizzlies will host their annual Tribute To Military Night on Saturday, March 18.