The Utah Grizzlies fell into a 3-1 deficit in their opening-round ECHL playoff series Thursday night in Bakersfield, Calif., in heartbreaking fashion as they lost another overtime game, 3-2, to the Condors.
The Grizzlies led 2-1 as the game drew to a close, but the Condors’ Collin Bowman scored with just one second left in regulation to tie it at 2.
Game 1 » Bakersfield 1, Utah 0
Game 2 » Utah 2, Bakersfield 1
Game 3 » Bakersfield 4, Utah 3 (OT)
Game 4 » Bakersfield 3, Utah 2 (OT)
Game 5 » at Bakersfield, Friday, 8 p.m. MDT
x-Game 6 » at Utah, Sunday, 7 p.m.
x-Game 7 » at Utah, April 30, 7 p.m.
x — if necessary
Then, with 6 minutes and 34 seconds to go in the overtime period, Bakersfield’s Andrew Carroll fired in the game-winner.
The Grizzlies lost despite the return of 6-foot-6 Igor Bobkov, the ECHL Goaltender of the Month in February and March. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies announced Bobkov was reassigned by the parent club Anaheim Ducks from the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Bobkov made 29 saves Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough.
Bakersfield’s Greg Miller scored eight minutes into the game, and the Grizzlies tied it up early in the second period on a goal by Charles Sarault, assisted by Jamie MacQueen and David Vallorani.
Utah then took the lead on a late-second-period goal by Phil Mangan, with assists from Danick Paquette and Brent Gwidt.
All four games in the series have been decided by one goal.
The Grizzlies face a do-or-die game Friday at 8 p.m. MDT in Bakersfield. The game will be broadcast on 1320 AM.
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