The Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles 5-1 on Wednesday night at the Maverik Center for the team’s ninth win in 11 games against Colorado this season. With the win, Utah (36-22-3-5) remains in third place in the Western Conference standings with five games remaining. The win also brings the Grizzlies one game closer to clinching home ice in the first round of the ECHL playoffs.
"I thought we played a pretty solid game," coach Tim Branham said. "We were really good on the penalty-kill, [Aaron] Dell made some big saves … and we buried our chances tonight and that was the difference in the game."
O Utah goalie Aaron Dell returns to the Maverik Center ice for the first time in over a month and saves 36 of 37 shots for his 17th win of the season.
» Five players score Utah’s five goals as the team beats Colorado for the ninth time in eleven games this season.
» The Grizzlies kill all five of the Eagles’ power plays, including a 5-on-3 power play in the second period.
It took less than five minutes for the Grizzlies to jump out to a 1-0 lead as Phil Mangan chased down a puck inside the Grizzlies’ offensive zone, skated through the slot, and found the back of the net on a nifty backhanded attempt.
Utah was extremely active on both ends of the ice, firing 14 shots on goal and outlasting back-to-back Colorado power plays in the first period alone.
One game after scoring the game-winning goal at the buzzer against the Eagles on Saturday in Loveland, Colo., Martin Lee was at it again.
Just before time expired in the first period, Lee fired a blast from near the blue line to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Utah continued to pour on the pressure in the second period.
Playing in only his third game as a member of the Grizzlies, Charles Sarault, on assignment from the Anaheim Ducks, skated through the slot and found teammate Kris Hogg on the right side of the net to give Utah a three-goal lead. Danick Paquette also assisted on the play.
Seven minutes later, Hogg led a 2-on-1 break down the ice, drew the lone Colorado defender and passed the puck to Vinny Scarsella for his 13th goal of the season.
The Grizz added a goal for good measure in the third period as Paquette skated away from the pack and wristed home an unassisted goal to complete his two-point night. Paquette has scored six goals and 12 points this season against the Eagles.
"Our whole team has done really well against Colorado," said Branham. "[Colorado] is a good team. … It’s just one of those things where [we] kind of have their number."
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