03/20/2017 9:34 PM
West Valley City, Utah - The Colorado Eagles defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-3 Monday night at Maverik Center as they added a late empty-netter on the way to a three-goal third period.
“I liked our effort tonight, we played a real solid game,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “The outcome didn't dictate the way we played and we just need to make sure we work even harder next game.”
Each team carried a pair of two one-goal leads in the contest before the Eagles added the late empty-netter.
“I thought our energy was good,” said Branham. “We were a little careless with the puck at times in the third. I thought in the first two periods we protected the puck well and played a really solid game.”
Colorado took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission with a pair of five-on-three goals 70 seconds apart after the Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead 1:42 into the contest on the first Utah shot of the night by Cam Reid.
“I thought we were a little undisciplined today, that definitely wasn't the game plan,” said Branham. “We wanted to stay out of the box to keep their power-play off the ice. You have to tip your hat to them, Colorado kept coming and at the end of the day, we couldn't stay out of the penalty box.”
The Grizzlies scored both goals in the second period on Michael Pelech (17, 18) tallies as he scored twice on top of the net. He was first assisted by Mathieu Aubin and Marc-Andre Levesque on the power-play and then off of touches by Tim Daly and Garrett Haar.
“It's a prideful group we have here, we have said that all year long,” said Branham. “They never say die. We have eight games here to do something and we need to do it one game at a time.”
Colorado scored shorthanded 3:07 into the third and then on the power-play 10:35 into the frame before their empty-netter with 38 seconds left.
“We just need to take care of business,” said Branham. “If we play that same way in Colorado, we will have a different outcome. Just rest here for a couple of days and get right back at it.”
Ryan Faragher took the loss in goal stopping 28 of 32 shots.
The Grizzlies open a five-game road trip Friday and Saturday in Colorado at 7 p.m. The trip will then move on to Rapid City for three games.
The final Wild Wednesday of the regular season will be Wednesday, April 5 and will feature $5 Lower Bowl Student Tickets and $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Soft Drinks, $2 Churros and $4 Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale.
Fan Appreciation Weekend
The Grizzlies host Fan Appreciation Weekend Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. The weekend will feature any ticket in the lower bowl for $13, excluding rinksides. Fans can also add on a gyro and a soft drink for $10.