Rapid City, South Dakota – The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Rapid City Rush 6-3 Sunday afternoon at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The Grizzlies trailed 1-0 and 2-1 early in the first period before tying the contest up twice and breaking a 3-3 third period tie in the win.
“I thought we played with a lot of energy,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We played a pretty solid game for 55 minutes.”
Austin Ortega scored two goals 1:48 apart, with the first score coming 14 seconds into a power-play to make it 4-3. At 7:34, the rookie tipped home a Ryan Walters (one goal, two assists) pass to give
Utah the 5-3 lead before a Jon Puskar (10) empty-net goal with 1:12 left in the game. The Grizzlies outshot Rapid City 13-3 in the third period on their way to the win.
Goaltender Sean Maguire stopped 19 of 22 to earn his first win with Utah and finish at 1-0-1-0 in his first weekend with the Grizzlies to improve to 9-5-1-0 on the season overall.
The Grizzlies fell behind 1-0 3:53 into the first period before Brendan Harms (3) tied the game shorthanded from Walters and Taylor Richart as the Utah captain forced the puck free at the Grizzlies blue line. Rapid City took a 2-1 lead on a power-play 8:46 into the contest before Walters (16) took a pass from Brad Navin to again tie the game.
Cliff Watson (7) gave Utah a 3-2 lead 9:13 into the second period as he blasted in a puck from the circle on a pass from behind the net by Kyle Thomas. Puskar (one goal, one assist) also added an assist.
The 3-2 lead held for 7:11 before the Rush tied the contest.
Friday, January 26 is Date Night when the Grizzlies host Tulsa at 7 p.m. Date Night Packages that include two lower bowl tickets and twenty-five dollars in concession vouchers start at just forty-nine dollars or fans can take advantage of our VIP Package that includes two lower bowl tickets, two buffet dinners, dessert bar for two and Meet and Greet with Grizzlies Players second intermission; along with drawings to take part in intermission contests and Zamboni rides. Visit utahgrizzlies.com/datenight.
Guns N Hoses Night
Saturday, January 27 is Guns N Hoses Night. Local police and firefighters will be playing charity games all day before the Grizzlies play Tulsa at 7 p.m. in Specialty Jerseys that will be auctioned off live after the game for local organizations that include the Mascot Miracles Foundation, University of Utah Burn Camp and others. Ticket and Dinner packages are available for Guns N Hoses Night. Visit utahgrizzlies.com for more information.
Our next Wild Wednesdays are Wednesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 31. Wild Wednesdays include lower bowl tickets that start at $10 and free refills on 44 ounce soft drinks and one free refill on popcorn. Face-Off both nights is at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/wildwednesday.