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Grizzlies Lose 3-2 Overtime Heartbreaker

Sunday, April 30th
Grizzlies Lose 3-2 Overtime Heartbreaker

Grizzlies Lose 3-2 Overtime Heartbreaker

West Valley City, Utah – The Idaho Steelheads scored the game winner 1:26 into overtime as Willie Knierim redirected an Owen Headrick shot as they defeated the Utah Grizzlies 3-2 in overtime in game 5 of the Mountain Division Semifinals series. Idaho leads the series 3 games to 2.

Utah scored first as Nolan Ritchie found the back of the net exactly 3 minutes into the contest. 27 seconds later Idaho’s Justin Ducharme scored on a power play to tie the game. The score was tied 1-1 after 1 period.

Idaho’s Ryan Dmowski took a 2-1 lead 9:19 into the second period. Utah tied it up on a Tarun Fizer power play goal on a one timer from the left circle 19:23 into the period. It stayed a 2-2 game throughout the rest of regulation. Knierim’s goal in overtime was his second game winner of the series.

Utah goaltender Trent Miner saved 33 of 36 in the loss. Idaho’s Adam Scheel stopped 29 of 31. Both teams went 1 for 3 on the power play. Idaho outshot Utah 36 to 31.

The road team has won each of the first five games of the series. Game 6 is on Monday night at 7:10 pm as Utah is looking to extend the season to a seventh and deciding game. For more information on the Grizzlies and the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoff run call (801) 988-8000 or go to utahgrizzlies.com.

3 stars

  1. Willie Knierim (Idaho) – OT GWG.
  2. Justin Ducharme (Idaho) – 1 goal, 1 assist.
  3. Adam Scheel (Idaho) – 29 of 31 saves.

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