Loveland, Colorado – The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Colorado Eagles 5-4 in overtime Friday night at Budweiser Events Center.
Utah Captain Ryan Walters (7,8) buried his second goal of the game on a two-on-one from Ryan Misiak (two assists) 3:04 into overtime.
Utah is now 4-1-0-1 in their last six games as they took three of four points in Colorado after a 1-0 shootout loss Wednesday.
“That’s a big two points,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We found a way to win and our top players were our top players.”
Neither team was able to hold a pair of one-goal leads in the game as Colorado went up 1-0 35 seconds into the game for 3:25 and led 3-2 in the third period for 3:57. Utah took a 2-1 lead in the second period that lasted for 5:54 and a 4-3 lead in the third period that they held for 2:27.
Greger Hanson (one goal, two assists) tied the game at one on a power-play goal as Garrett Haar carried the puck into the zone as goaltender Kevin Carr worked the puck up ice.
Walters gave Utah a 2-1 lead 6:23 into the second period on a backdoor pass from Ryan Olsen before Colorado tied on a shorthanded goal. Hanson also added an assist.
Kyle Thomas (5) took a feed from Erik Higby to tie the game at three 10:44 into the third period before Jon Puskar (2) crashing the net made it 4-3 from Misiak and Hanson with 5:43 left. The Eagles tied the game with 3:16 remaining.
Utah had almost four straight minutes of power-play time late in regulation and early in overtime, but weren’t able to score until the three-on-three overtime winner. The Grizzlies went 6-6 on the penalty-kill.
Utah goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 34 in the win.
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.