Loveland, Colorado – The Colorado Eagles defeated the Utah Grizzlies 1-0 in a shootout Wednesday night at Budweiser Events Center.
“We came in here against the best team in the division, outplayed them for the majority of the game, outchanced them for the majority of the game, could have won, should have won,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “Outside of not scoring a goal, you couldn't ask much more. We played hard, blocked a lot of shots, we were great on the penalty-kill once again.”
Utah goaltender Kevin Carr is officially credited with a shutout as he stopped all 22 shots that he saw through 65 minutes before the shootout when Colorado scored in round one and round three.
“It's a tough pill for him to swallow, Kevin Carr was great tonight,” said Branham. “Right now he's playing unbelievable and is not getting the wins to show for it.”
The Grizzlies outshot Colorado 13-3 in the first period as they drew four of five power-plays but couldn’t score.
“We played a pretty solid game,” said Branham. “Couldn't find a way to put the puck in the net. You can't play much better defensively. I think everyone played well without the puck. We have to start finding ways to pay the price and put the puck in the net. We need to create more traffic, get more second chance opportunities with good habits.”
Utah outshot Colorado 11-7 in the second period and killed a penalty to keep the contest scoreless going to the third.
Colorado outshot Utah 9-3 in the third period as the contest went to overtime. Chris Leibinger blocked a Matt Register shot going down the stretch to prevent a shot on Carr from one of the hardest shooters in the league. Utah killed a late penalty to force overtime.
The Eagles outshot Utah 4-3 in overtime as both teams had chances. Colorado elected to shoot first in the shootout as Kyle Thomas and Erik Higby were denied for Utah.
Utah and Colorado meet again Friday at Budweiser Events Center at 7 p.m.
The Grizzlies host Colorado Saturday, December 23 at Maverik Center. Fans who say “Merry Christmas” at the Maverik Center Box Office when purchasing tickets will receive a voucher to receive a free gift from the Grizzlies and their partners.
Starting at $39, the Grizzlies are offering three lower bowl game tickets a Grizzlies Hat and a Grizzlies T-Shirt that can be purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/holidays.
Maverik Center Winter Pass
The Maverik Winter Pass includes a corner plaza ticket to the Grizzlies game on January 6, a ticket to Justin Moore at Maverik Center Saturday, January 20, a ticket to Day of 47 Broncs and Bulls at Maverik Center Saturday, February 3 and All-Star Monster Trucks Friday, February 9 all for $69. This offer can be purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/winterpass.
The Grizzlies close out 2017 with 2 lower bowl tickets starting at $17, 2 Pizzas and 2 Soft Drinks for $17 and a $30 Grizzlies hat for $17 Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30. Fans can take advantage of this offer now at utahgrizzlies.com/2017.