West Valley City, Utah – The Idaho Steelheads defeated the Utah Grizzlies 2-1 Friday night in preseason action at Maverik Center before 4,003 fans.
“I saw a lot of good things out there and a lot of things that we can improve on,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “Our execution level needs to be higher, but I liked the effort.”
Utah got a power-play goal 6:36 into the first period from Kyle Thomas with Taylor Richart and Greger Hanson drawing assists. The Steelheads tied the contest with 2:27 left in the frame.
Idaho got a goal 1:30 into the third period for the game-winner.
Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 32 of 34 shots as both Idaho goals came off of funny bounces in front.
Each team drew five power-plays, with Utah going 1-5 on the advantage and 5-5 on the penalty-kill.
Peter Sivak led Utah with four shots as the Grizzlies spread ice time among 12 forwards and six defensemen.
The Grizzlies and Idaho continue their preseason series Saturday in Boise at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on UtahGrizzlies.com and the UtahGrizzlies Mobile App.
Opening Night for the Grizzlies at Maverik Center is Saturday, October 14. Lower Bowl tickets start at $13. For $30, fans can get a premium lower bowl ticket a Grizzlies Hat and a Grizzlies T-Shirt for $30.