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Utah Grizzlies: Steelheads beat Utah in shootout

First Published      Last Updated Feb 18 2017 11:38 pm

ECHL » Utah loses consecutive games for first time in months.

The Idaho Steelheads, behind two goals by Bryce Van Brabant and goalie Landon Bow's 27 saves, denied the Grizzlies' comeback bid as Utah lost consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 17 as Idaho escaped with a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday night at the Maverik Center in ECHL action.

Things were looking bleak for the Grizzlies as they were unable to solve the riddle of Bow until late in the game. Down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Michael Pelech and Jon Puskar electrified the crowd by tying the contest and sending it into overtime.



Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, however, they came up unsuccessful in overtime and failed to register a successful shot attempt during the shootout.

"I thought we deserved a better fate," Grizzlies coach Tim Branham said. "But I'm happy with the way we fought back and battled and gained a point. Both goalies were outstanding and Monday [against Idaho at 1:30 p.m.] is going to be a huge test for us.

Only 21 seconds had elapsed in the third period when Van Brabant launched a slapshot that got by Utah goalie Ryan Faragher for his second goal of the night to make it 2-0.

The first came at 1:35 in the first period as Van Brabant's bouncing puck at 1:35 escaped the pads of Faragher for a 1-0 lead.

Bow was spectacular during the first 50 minutes, stopping 24 shots on net before Pelech was successful. For his part, Faragher kept the Grizzlies within striking range as Utah's netminder stopped Brian Nugent stone cold on a breakaway.

A torrid pace of play continued in the second period. Bow denied Jon Puskar with a sprawling leg save and Faragher snatched a Joe Basaraba shot out of midair.

 

AT A GLANCE

ECHL standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

North GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

anchester 52 29 14 5 4 67 200 177

Reading 50 31 17 1 2 65 190 145

Brampton 50 28 16 3 3 62 182 178

Adirondack 50 26 14 6 4 62 182 160

Wheeling 50 27 18 5 0 59 176 155

Elmira 50 9 35 6 1 25 109 199

South GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Florida 48 33 10 2 3 71 178 138

South Carolina 52 29 20 2 1 61 161 145

Greenville 51 28 18 4 1 61 169 170

Orlando 52 26 18 6 2 60 194 190

Cincinnati 51 24 23 4 0 52 143 151

Atlanta 51 20 24 6 1 47 172 197

Norfolk 50 18 28 4 0 40 138 184

Western Conference

Central GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Toledo 50 35 12 2 1 73 206 145

Fort Wayne 50 30 15 5 0 65 184 153

Quad City 51 29 20 0 2 60 159 152

Tulsa 55 24 26 5 0 53 156 174

Kalamazoo 51 24 23 1 3 52 142 167

Wichita 48 15 29 3 1 34 136 189

Indy 52 15 33 2 2 34 132 204

Mountain GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA

Allen 55 34 16 3 2 73 217 163

Colorado 51 33 14 1 3 70 189 149

Idaho 52 28 17 5 2 63 179 166

Alaska 48 25 16 1 6 57 155 151

Utah 51 25 21 3 2 55 162 175

Missouri 50 24 19 2 5 55 165 169

Rapid City 51 18 25 8 0 44 163 193

Saturday’s games

Reading 4, Elmira 1

Greenville 5, Florida 4

Wheeling 5, Kalamazoo 4

Atlanta 4, Adirondack 3, OT

South Carolina 5, Manchester 3

Fort Wayne 4, Brampton 3, OT

Rapid City 4, Allen 3, OT

Indy 6, Tulsa 2

Toledo 3, Wichita 2

Missouri 2, Quad City 1

Idaho 3, Utah 2, SO

Colorado at Alaska, late


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