Rapid City, South Dakota – The Utah Grizzlies cut a 6-1 Rapid City lead to 6-5, but they couldn’t get the equalizer late as they fell 6-5 to the Rush Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Utah took a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the first period as Brendan Harms (7) scored, crashing the net, from Ryan Walters (one goal, two assists) and Kyle Thomas.
The Rush scored on a delayed penalty at 8:44 to tie, took the lead at 13:48 on a shorthanded goal and made it 3-1 with 2:28 left in the second period.
In the second, Rapid City added three goals in 6:12 from 6:01 to 12:13 to make a 3-1 game 6-1.
Utah started a comeback with two goals in 37 seconds as Todd Skirving (6) and Brad Navin (7) scored and then added a Ryan Walters (20) five-on-three goal to make it 6-4 with 1:43 left in the second period as they capped their three goal in 3:18 stretch.
The Grizzlies made it 6-5 with 5:50 left in the second period as Austin Ortega (10) scored from a funny angle.
Utah pulled the goalie and had several late chances as they tried to cap their furious rally, but they ran out of time.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Angus Redmond made 20 saves for Utah in the start.
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.