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Utah Grizzlies: Grizzlies start off weekend strong

First Published      Last Updated Jan 27 2017 11:18 pm

ECHL » Three score in second period as Utah beats Tulsa.

The Utah Grizzlies skated to a 4-2 victory over the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night at the Maverik Center and reached the .500 mark for the first time in more than a month in ECHL action.

"The difference is we're winning the battles on the ice and we're getting huge contributions from everyone," Grizzlies coach Tim Branham said. "Guys are doing whatever it takes to keep the puck out of our net and that's kudos to our defensive corps. Offensively, we have a lot of talent and the guys are playing with huge amounts of confidence."

Utah seized control early and had a 4-0 lead before the game's halfway point.



Erik Bradford began the scoring with a nifty wrist shot that beat Tulsa goalkeeper Keegan Asmundson's high glove-side for a 1-0 Grizzlies lead.

The Grizzlies pounced on short-handed Oilers — who couldn't avoid the penalty box — and scored a flurry of goals. Colin Martin, Taylor Richart and Tim Daly each scored during the second period, and Tulsa replaced Asmundson early with Jay Williams.

"Everyone is working hard and having fun and it's easy when you're working for your teammates," Daly said. "We're taking it one day at a time and bringing energy to the rink and are committed to getting better every day. We're not going to let up."

Tulsa fought back in the third. Danick Paquette and Phil Brewer each scored to stop Grizzlies goalie Troy Redmann's bid for a shutout with a pair of goals.

For the 11th time in 12 games, the Grizzlies outshot their opponents — this time besting the Oilers 33-29 — and for the fourth time in five games, scored four or more goals.

 

AT A GLANCE

ECHL standings

Eastern Conference

North GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Manchester 42 26 10 3 3 58 167 133

Reading 40 23 14 1 2 49 144 113

Wheeling 39 22 14 3 0 47 140 118

Brampton 40 21 14 2 3 47 140 144

Adirondack 39 19 13 4 3 45 133 126

Elmira 40 9 26 5 0 23 90 153

South GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Florida 40 28 9 1 2 59 146 112

Greenville 43 23 16 3 1 50 135 142

Orlando 42 21 15 4 2 48 153 153

S.Carolina 40 22 15 2 1 47 118 105

Cincinnati 41 18 19 4 0 40 114 120

Atlanta 42 16 19 6 1 39 143 160

Norfolk 40 14 22 4 0 32 108 145

Western Conference

Central GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Toledo 40 30 8 1 1 62 166 115

Ft. Wayne 41 24 13 4 0 52 153 122

Tulsa 47 23 20 4 0 50 135 137

Quad City 41 21 18 0 2 44 120 130

Kalamazoo 42 20 18 1 3 44 116 139

Wichita 38 15 21 1 1 32 108 139

Indy 42 14 25 1 2 31 104 154

Mountain GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Allen 45 26 15 2 2 56 164 130

Colorado 43 25 14 1 3 54 151 132

Idaho 42 24 13 3 2 53 145 134

Alaska 39 22 12 1 4 49 133 124

Utah 42 19 19 3 1 42 133 145

Missouri 42 17 18 2 5 41 133 148

Rapid City 40 14 19 7 0 35 123 142

Friday’s games

Kalamazoo 2, Brampton 1, SO

Reading 5, Adirondack 1

Fort Wayne 3, Elmira 2

Florida 5, South Carolina 4

Norfolk 6, Manchester 5, SO

Indy 2, Rapid City 0

Wheeling 5, Quad City 2

Greenville 8, Atlanta 3

Missouri 4, Cincinnati 2

Utah 4, Tulsa 2

Colorado 8, Wichita 2

Idaho at Alaska, late

Saturday’s games

Fort Wayne at Reading, 5 p.m.

Elmira at Adirondack, 5 p.m.

Brampton at Wheeling, 5:05 p.m.

Florida at South Carolina, 5:05 p.m.

Rapid City at Toledo, 5:15 p.m.

Manchester at Norfolk, 5:15 p.m.

Quad City at Indy, 5:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Missouri, 6:05 p.m.

Tulsa at Utah, 7 p.m.

Wichita at Colorado, 7:05 p.m.

Idaho at Alaska, 9:15 p.m.


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