West Valley City, Utah – The Idaho Steelheads defeated the Utah Grizzlies 6-5 in a shootout Wednesday night at Maverik Center.
Utah trailed 3-0 after one, 4-2 after two and 5-3 in the third period before rallying to tie to collect a standings point in the shootout.
“We faced some adversity today,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “I am really proud of the way that they battled back and got a standings point. That being said, we had our chances to win. We can't continue to put ourselves behind the eight-ball. We are trying to find the reason for it and whatnot. I really like our resiliency and the way we battled back.”
With Utah up 7-4 on shots and on the power-play, Idaho scored shorthanded 10:13 into the first period to start a stretch of three goals in 5:14 to build a 3-0 lead as Angus Redmond then relieved Sean Maguire in goal.
“We are trying to find that remedy to not shoot ourselves in the foot for that 5 minutes,” said Branham. “It's just a matter of when it starts to click, we are going to go on a roll, but we have to make it click.”
The Grizzlies scored a power-play goal 1:36 into the first period to get on the board with Ryan Walters (17) scoring from Kyle Thomas and Mitch Hults. Utah made it 3-2 on a power-play snipe from Austin Ortega (8) from Hults again and Cliff Watson 7:58 into the period before Idaho scored on a delayed penalty 25 seconds later.
Utah rallied from two two-goal deficits in the third period as Brad Navin scored twice to pull Utah within a goal.
Walters (18) tied the game at 5 from Kyle Thomas and Taylor Richart with 4:03 left.
Idaho outshot Utah 3-1 in the overtime, though Utah closed the overtime with a 58 second power-play as Austin Ortega pushed a puck just wide in the late seconds.
The Steelheads scored in round six of the shootout to break a 1-1 shootout tie and earn the win. Utah had three chances to win in the sudden-death shootout and then a fourth after Kyle Thomas was awarded a second chance after Steelheads goaltender Ryan Faragher threw snow at him during his first attempt. Taylor Richart tied the shootout at one after Idaho scored on their first chance.
Redmond stopped 22 of 24 through overtime and four of six in the shootout.
Utah went 3-8 on the power-play and never went shorthanded in the contest.
“We just have to find a way to play that full 60 minutes,” said Branham. “When we do that, we can be dangerous.”
Utah opens seven-straight games away from Maverik Center Friday and Saturday in Boise with face-off scheduled for 7 p.m. each night.
Save The Dates
The Grizzlies return home for a President’s Day Matinee and Maverik Monday on Monday, February 19. Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24, the Grizzlies team with Stadler to host Wichita for Grizzlies Fight Cancer.