West Valley City, Utah – The Allen Americans added an empty-net goal with under 3 seconds left to snap the Utah Grizzlies ten-game unbeaten streak at 8-0-1-1 with the 7-4 win.
“It's been a good month,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “You have to give the boys props. It's just a little hurdle here. Just have to get back on the horse and keep plugging away.”
The loss is Utah’s first in regulation since February 10 as the team’s fourth unbeaten streak in team history of at least ten games is snapped. It marks the third time that the unbeaten streak has ended at ten games.
“We have a good club here, that's for sure,” said Branham. “We have got to let this one sting a little bit, put it behind us and have a good week of practice. We have some tough games coming up.”
Allen took a 1-0 lead 36 seconds into the game and made it 2-0 4:53 into the first period as the Grizzlies were unable to clear the puck on the power-play. Allen made it 3-0 with 3:17 left in the first period as they scored on a breakaway after Utah was unable to score on a five-on-three and then a four-on-three power-play.
Utah made it 3-1 on Michael Pelech’s 17th goal of the year 1:42 into the second period as he picked up a turnover and scored four-on-four.
The Americans countered with two goals in 1:27 2:56 later to make it 5-1 6:05 into the second period.
After Allen made it 6-1 shorthanded 8 minutes into the third period, the Grizzlies scored three goals in the next 8:34 to make it 6-4 with 1:56 left as Kyle Thomas (10), Sam Babintsev (2) and Brad Navin
(13) all scored. Austin Ortega extended his scoring streak to 13-straight games assisting on the Navin goal as he tipped in a Sam Windle blast.
Joel Rumpel took the loss in goal for Utah (7-1-0-2) as he stopped 25 of 31 shots.
“We are going out east and they are some must win games coming up,” said Branham. “I definitely believe in the boys. We have been facing a lot of adversity this season. We all know that, this is just a little more.”
Utah opens a weekend road trip Friday in Manchester, New Hampshire at 5 p.m.
Final Wild Wednesday
Our final Wild Wednesday is Wednesday, March 23 when Utah hosts Colorado. Lower Bowl Tickets start at $10 and there will be free refills on 44 ounce soft drinks and one free refill on popcorn.
Next Pack The House Night
Utah returns home Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. for our final Metro PCS Pack The House Fridays. Fans can get vouchers to purchase $8 tickets for the game at any Wasatch Front area Metro PCS location.
Ford Food Drive
Details for our Ford Food Drive on Friday, March 23 as well will be announced shortly.
Military Appreciations Night
Saturday, March 24 is Military Appreciation Night presented by Mark Miller Subaru. The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off live after the game with all proceeds going to local charities.