Loveland, Colorado – The Colorado Eagles added a late empty-net goal to defeat the Utah Grizzlies 5-2 Wednesday night at Budweiser Events Center.
The Grizzlies outshot Colorado 32-23 in the game and 24-15 after two periods.
“Our effort was there tonight,” said Head Coach Tim Branham. “The boys fought hard, we failed to capitalize on key scoring chances.”
After Utah built a 7-1 edge on shots early, the Eagles made it 1-0 11:03 into the first period after Colorado’s Jake Marto fired a shot through Utah goaltender Brandon Wildung, who stopped 18 of 22 in the game.
The Eagles made it 2-0 on an odd-man rush and 3-0 on the power-play to take a 3-0 lead 7:43 into the second period.
Utah got on the board as Jake Marchment (16) scored in front from Sam Babintsev and Charley Graaskamp (two assists) as Utah kept the play going 22 seconds after a power-play expired.
Brendan Harms (12) took a centering pass from Graaskamp to make it 4-2 7:20 into the second period after Colorado scored on a rebound 1:22 into the third period.
Utah had a power-play a few minutes later, but despite some good chances was unable to get the game back within a goal.
Utah returns home Friday and Saturday 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 a Team Poster Giveaway and get it signed by the entire team after the game.