Grizzlies: Grizzlies: Grizz head into playoffs on good note
* Olivier Labelle scores the winning goal with 1:37 left to play in overtime.
* Utah's Rob Sirianni finishes with two goals.
* For the second time in three years, the Grizzlies finish the regular season with a winning record.
WEST VALLEY CITY - Utah's first goal in its regular-season finale against the Stockton Thunder was possible because of a play by Olivier Labelle.
Labelle got the puck to Garett Bembridge and took a hit to allow his teammate to go on a partial breakaway to score about four minutes into the game.
Bembridge made sure to return the favor.
He assisted on Labelle's winning goal in overtime that gave the Grizzlies a 4-3 victory over Stockton at the E Center on Saturday.
"I took it from the [Stockton player] and Labelle came flying in, he cut hard to the net," Bembridge said. "He's got a hard shot."
The Grizzlies built a 3-0 lead in the first period and the very beginning of the second thanks to a fast, aggressive style of play.
Utah nearly let the lead slip away in the next 12 minutes. Stockton got two power-play goals, from Lance Monych and Ryan MacMurchy.
It was a highly emotional game, as evidenced by a team brawl that happened just before the end of the second period. A scrum in front of the Utah goal turned into a fight that involved four players from each team getting penalties varying from slashing, roughing, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct and the most severe - a 10-minute misconduct penalty issued to the Grizzlies' Jordan Hart.
From the time the Grizzlies gained their three-goal lead and halfway through the third, Utah was outplayed, as the Thunder outshot Utah 19-4.
"We got a little comfortable," Bembridge said. "And they took it to us for a period."
Utah finished its regular season with a 32-30-2-8 record.
GAME 1: Utah at Fresno, April 13, 6 p.m.
GAME 2: Utah at Fresno, April 14, 8 p.m.
GAME 3: Fresno at Utah, April 16, 7 p.m.
GAME 4: Fresno at Utah, April 18, 7 p.m.