Boise, Idaho – The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Idaho Steelheads 5-3 Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Utah trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a 3-2 lead to the third period and then breaking a 3-3 tie for the win.
“I thought overall it was a pretty good hockey game,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “This is a big win, that’s a good hockey team right there. I like our chances now, our boys’ minds are in a good place.”
Grizzlies goaltender Sean Maguire stopped 37 of 40 shots as he improved to 11-7-1-0 on the season and 3-2-1-0 with Utah. He stopped 19 of 20 shots in the third period.
“Maguire made it interesting at the end, but he made some huge saves,” said Branham.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Alex Dostie (2) scored the game-winning goal 12 seconds into a third period power-play as Utah would hold the lead for good for the final 11:50 of the contest. The goal came 28 seconds after a brawl and 2:22 after Idaho tied the game at 3. Cliff Watson and Austin Ortega drew assists.
“I really like Alex Dostie and Austin Ortega, those guys did a good job, our power-play is rolling,” said Branham. Utah went 2-6 on the power-play and 6-21 on the week against Idaho.
Brad Navin (6) tied the game at one in front from Sam Windle and Mitch Hults 2:28 into the second before Ortega (9) tipped home a Windle blast to tie the game 4:20 after Idaho took the lead back. Hults also picked up another assist.
James Melindy (2) held in the puck at the wall and sent it through traffic to give Utah their first lead with 4:57 left in the second period.
With Utah on a power-play late, Sean Maguire made a game saving stop before Brendan Harms (5) sent the puck into an empty-net from the face-off circle to give Utah a 5-3 lead in the final minute.
The Grizzlies continue their seven-game road trip Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Rapid City. Wednesday’s game will start at 10:30 a.m. and can be heard on ESPN 960, ESPN960Sports.com, the ESPN 960 Mobile app and ECHL TV.
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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.