03/30/2018 8:59 PM
Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads broke open a 2-0 game with two goals in 69 seconds halfway through the third period and with a shorthanded empty-net goal late beat the Utah Grizzlies 5-0 Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Utah came out firing with four of the game’s first six shots, the game’s first power-play that included several quality scoring chances and a breakaway in the first ten minutes of the first period but they couldn’t cash in.
Idaho took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 12:32 into the first period and held that lead for 21 minutes and 51 seconds before Utah was unable to clear a puck off of a spectacular Joel Rumpel save and the Steelheads made it 2-0 with 5:37 left in the second period.
The Steelheads scored twice off of defensive zone breakdowns in the third period to ruin a great effort by Rumpel who had, to that point, kept the team in the contest.
Utah killed their final four shorthanded situations and went 0-5 on the power-play in the contest as they were outshot 31-20.
The Grizzlies and Steelheads wrap up their season series Saturday from CenturyLink Arena at 7 p.m.
Utah returns home Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 for Fan Appreciation Weekend, which is Free Seat Upgrade Weekend. A Party Plaza ticket will become a Corner Plaza seat, a Corner Plaza ticket will become a Center Plaza Seat and a Center Plaza Seat will become a Rinkside seat, based on availability when purchasing tickets at the Maverik Center Box Office or UtahGrizzlies.com. In addition, Saturday is Team Poster Giveaway and get it signed by the entire team after the game.