Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Grizzlies hockey: Brent Gwidt helps Utah beat Alaska 4-3

First Published Mar 02 2014 12:10 am • Last Updated Mar 02 2014 12:10 am

West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies haven’t lost back-to-back home games all season, and with the first place Alaska Aces in town, they weren’t about to start a new trend. Brent Gwidt scored the game-winning goal off a perfect pass from Teigan Zahn with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period to help Utah beat the Aces, 4-3.

"You never want to lose two in a row," said Coach Tim Branham. "I thought it was really good response [after] yesterday’s game. We needed to put more pucks in the back of the net and we did that today."

At a glance

Grizzlies 4, Aces 3

Making his first appearance for the Grizzlies in almost two weeks, Aaron Dell returns from the AHL to save 23 of 26 shots for his 15th win.

» Teigan Zahn records three points on a goal and two assists, including an assist on the game-winning goal in the third period.

» Utah wins to improve to 6-0 following a regulation loss at home this season.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

After being shutout for the first 58 minutes of Friday’s loss to Alaska, it took only one minute for the Grizzlies to get their first goal on Saturday. On Utah’s first shot of the game, Danick Paquette skated behind the Aces’ goal and dumped a pass to Zahn who redirected the puck for his seventh goal of the season. And less than four minutes later, David Vallorani made it 2-0 as he found the back of the net for his 19th goal of the year.

Utah nearly added a third goal before the first intermission as Jamie MacQueen broke away from the Alaska defense but couldn’t beat goalie Gerald Coleman with his backhanded attempt. Through the first 20 minutes of play, the Grizzlies thoroughly dominated Alaska, killing both Aces’ power plays and tallying 13 shots, compared with just nine for Alaska.

"We came out strong in both of these games," said Branham. "It was kind of similar [to Friday’s loss]. We just put the puck in the net today. … We battled through and found a way this time."

The Aces came back to score two goals in the second period, including a four-on-four goal to tie the game, 2-2, midway through the period. But with less than four minutes remaining on the second period clock, Zahn fired a pass from behind the blue line in the Aces’ offensive zone to find a streaking MacQueen who scored a power-play goal on his second break-away attempt of the game.

MacQueen now leads all Grizzlies in goals scored with 19 through 35 games.

Alaska pulled even again with a power-play goal of its own in the opening minutes of the third period, but the Grizzlies were not to be denied. With less than seven minutes remaining, Zahn skated the puck down the left side past two Alaska defenders before finding Brent Gwidt for the game-winning goal.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.