West Valley City, Utah - The Utah Grizzlies scored three in the third period to defeat the Idaho Steelheads 6-3 Friday night.
“That was a big third period,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “The biggest thing is that we got two points. Right now we need to gain points in the standings. We made some mistakes but those were covered up because we scored so many goals.”
Utah was able to rebound after falling behind 1-0 58 seconds into the game on the first Idaho shot to build 2-1 and 3-2 leads before they pulled away with three goals in a 5:38 stretch in the third period.
Grizzlies captain Ryan Walters (10) scored on a two-on-one with 4:44 left in the first period from Ryan Misiak and Ryan Olsen to get Utah on the board after a rough first ten minutes.
“Ryan Walters is already our leading goal scorer,” said Branham. “He's made a big impact ever since his first game. He leads by example, he gets us going and he's gotten the job done time and time again.”
57 seconds after Utah took a 2-1 lead when Greger Hanson left a puck for Chris Leibinger (one goal, two assists) for a blast to give Utah a 2-1 lead with 3:47 left in the first.
Sam Windle scored from the redline 4:24 into the second period 2:55 after Idaho tied the game at two.
Windle's goal in the second period, that slapshot from the red line,” said Branham. “It just gave us confidence. We weren't playing any different from other games but the pucks were going in. We were getting in front of the net, in those dirty areas. We gained confidence as the game went on.”
After Idaho tied the contest 8:17 into the second period, the game went 19 minutes and 50 seconds without a goal before three-straight by Utah.
Jon Puskar (3) walked in from Leibinger and Harms to give Utah the lead on what would be the eventual game-winner 8:07 into the third period.
1:43 later, Erik Higby (three assists) forced a turnover and Michael Pelech (one goal, one assist) blasted in his ninth of the year before Taylor Richart’s 8th of the night through traffic capped the Utah scoring.
Utah goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 32 of 35 shots in the win.
“Every line contributed,” said Branham. “Chris Leibinger had a big game and Kevin Carr made some big saves.”
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 again on Saturday, December 30. Fans can take advantage of this offer now at utahgrizzlies.com/2017. It’s also a postgame skate with the Grizzlies after Saturday’s contest. Skate rental is $2.
Wild Wednesday On A Friday
Friday, January 5 when the Grizzlies host Rapid City at 7 p.m., it’s a Wild Wednesday on a Friday. We’ll have lower bowl tickets starting at 10 and free refills on popcorn and 44 ounce soft drinks.
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.