Rapid City, South Dakota - The Rapid City Rush scored off of a late turnover and then added an empty-net goal to prevent the Grizzlies from tying the game for a fourth time in a 6-3 win Wednesday.
The Grizzlies trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before tying the contest each time.
“We tied it up early in the third and had numerous chances to put the puck in the net to take the lead and didn’t do it,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham.
Taylor Richart (10) tied the contest at one at 10:30 of the first period and 1:41 after Rapid City took a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Walters (19) slammed in a puck off the wall on a second chance 1:39 into the second period to again tie the game at two.
Brendan Harms (6) scored off of a good Brad Navin look to make it 3-3 1:52 into the third period before Rapid City scored their fourth goal off of Utah’s fourth defensive breakdown of the matinee.
“We can’t get down on ourselves,” said Branham. “It’s a matter of being ready, knowing what you have to do out there every shift, not taking a shift off and not taking anything for granted.”
Utah’s stretch of five-straight games with a power-play goal came to an end as they went 0-7 and 6-6 on the penalty-kill.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot by not keeping things simple and making dumb mistakes,” said Branham. “Obviously we need to find a way to rectify that, we have to have a greater sense of urgency when the puck is on our stick.”
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee Monday, February 19 against Idaho at 1:30 p.m. Kids under 12 will be admitted for $6 and adults can Buy One Ticket and Get One Ticket Free with their Maverik Adventure Club Card.
Grizzlies Fight Cancer
Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24 the Grizzlies team with Stadler to fight cancer. For $20, fans can get a lower bowl ticket to either game, a Grizzlies Fight Cancer T-Shirt, $5 donated to the local organization of their choice fighting cancer and a ticket will be donated to someone fighting cancer or a family member. This offer can purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/fightcancer. After Friday’s game, fans are invited onto the ice to paint the name of someone close to them who has battled or is fighting cancer; donations will be accepted. Saturday, the team will auction off the specialty jerseys that they will wear that weekend with all proceeds going to fight cancer.