ECHL hockey: Strong finish boosts Alaska to win over Utah Grizzlies
West Valley City • Another late-game collapse by Utah left coach Kevin Colley is a sour mood Wednesday night.
Alaska scored four goals in the third period three in the final 2:18 and rolled to a 5-2 ECHL victory over the slumping Grizzlies at the Maverik Center.
It was Utah's seventh loss in the last nine games and its third straight against the league-leading Aces.
"We need some guys who take it personal," Colley said. "For some guys, it's OK in their head. But if they value their job, they are going to have to figure it out."
Grizzly goalie Adam Morrison was sharp during the first two periods, when he stopped 22 of 23 shots by Alaska.
Morrison struggled down the stretch, however, and his record since joining the club last week as an injury replacement for No. 1 goalie Andrew Engelage dropped to 1-2.
"You have to talk about ... two soft goals," Colley said. "I mean, come on. In this series, we're putting up 30, 40, 50 shots and score one or two goals. It comes down to the goaltending."
In the three losses to the Aces, Utah was outscored in the third period, 9-1.
"They are men, and they are going to have to take some criticism," Colley said. "They are going to have to challenge themselves to be better. ... We can't survive like this, and it starts with our goaltending. Guys have to be mentally tougher moving down the stretch."
Berkley Scott scored twice in the second period to give Utah a 2-0 lead. But Alaska's Nick Mazzolini made it 2-1 only 31 seconds later to get the Aces back in the game and set up the Grizzlies' third-period collapse.
"... Some guys had better start buying in," Colley said. "Do they want the opportunity? I don't know. I'm just waiting for somebody to take charge, and nobody is."
O Alaska scores three goals in the final 2:18 and the Aces hand Utah its third straight loss, 5-2.
• Berkley Scott scores two goals in the second period, but the Grizzlies can't hold a 2-0 lead.
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