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ECHL: Grizzlies extend victory to four consecutive games

First Published      Last Updated Jan 28 2017 11:14 pm

ECHL » Martin scores two goals in Grizzlies’ victory.

With one minute remaining in a tie game, Grizzlies forward Colin Martin scored his second goal of the night to lift Utah over the Tulsa Oilers, 3-2, and extend its win streak to four games — the longest winning streak of the season.

"Sometimes you have to find a way to win ugly and we did that and we got the two points and that's what matters," head coach Tim Branham said. "Martin was huge for us tonight and he has been all year."

The Grizzlies came out blazing in front of the largest crowd at the Maverik Center so far this season. Before Tulsa had even recorded a shot on goal, Martin scored his first goal of the night to give Utah a 1-0 lead.



Erik Bradford then fired a shot from the blue line to make it 2-0 as Utah continued to apply the pressure in the first. Tulsa could barely generate any offense against Utah's stifling defense, which held the Oilers to a meager seven shots on goal.

In a reversal of fortune (as far as shots are concerned), Tulsa applied the pressure in the second period but were no match for Utah goalie Ryan Faragher. Tulsa fired a barrage of 22 shots Utah's way, but Faragher didn't allow a single one to sneak through.

Faragher's most impressive save came on a breakaway by Danick Paquette as Faragher extended his left pad and denied the Tulsa forward.

"Faragher stood on his head and Tulsa made him work tonight," Branham said. "They're a good club but we're as confident as we have been all season."

The Grizzlies held 2-0 lead in the third, but Tulsa refused to go quietly. Darcy Murphy and Danick Gauthier both scored to pull the Oilers into a 2-2 tie, wiping away Utah's lead with five minutes to play.

Martin put the game away for the Grizzlies with a minute remaining.

 

AT A GLANCE

ECHL standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

North GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Manchester 43 26 10 3 4 59 170 137

Reading 41 24 14 1 2 51 150 114

Wheeling 40 23 14 3 0 49 144 118

Brampton 41 21 15 2 3 47 140 148

Adirondack 40 20 13 4 3 47 141 128

Elmira 41 9 27 5 0 23 92 161

South GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Florida 41 28 9 2 2 60 150 117

Greenville 43 23 16 3 1 50 135 142

South Carolina 41 23 15 2 1 49 123 109

Orlando 42 21 15 4 2 48 153 153

Cincinnati 42 18 20 4 0 40 116 125

Atlanta 42 16 19 6 1 39 143 160

Norfolk 41 15 22 4 0 34 112 148

Western Conference

Central GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Toledo 41 31 8 1 1 64 172 117

Fort Wayne 42 24 14 4 0 52 154 128

Tulsa 48 23 21 4 0 50 137 140

Quad City 42 22 18 0 2 46 126 132

Kalamazoo 42 20 18 1 3 44 116 139

Wichita 39 15 22 1 1 32 112 148

Indy 43 14 26 1 2 31 106 160

Mountain GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Allen 45 26 15 2 2 56 164 130

Colorado 44 26 14 1 3 56 160 136

Idaho 43 24 14 3 2 53 147 140

Alaska 40 23 12 1 4 51 139 126

Utah 43 20 19 3 1 44 136 147

Missouri 43 18 18 2 5 43 138 150

Rapid City 41 14 20 7 0 35 125 148

Saturday’s games

Reading 6, Fort Wayne 1

Adirondack 8, Elmira 2

Wheeling 4, Brampton 0

South Carolina 5, Florida 4, OT

Toledo 6, Rapid City 2

Norfolk 4, Manchester 3, SO

Quad City 6, Indy 2

Missouri 5, Cincinnati 2

Utah 3, Tulsa 2

Colorado 9, Wichita 4

Idaho at Alaska, late

Sunday’s games

Allen at Orlando, 11:30 a.m.

Wheeling at Kalamazoo, 1 p.m.

Quad City at Indy, 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta at South Carolina, 1:05 p.m.

Adirondack at Elmira, 2:05 p.m.

Manchester at Reading, 3 p.m.

Rapid City at Toledo, 3:15 p.m.


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