Everything was in line for a Utah Grizzlie victory against the Rapid City Rush. Riding a seven-game winning streak against their divisional foe, in possession of a one-goal lead with 20 minutes to play and facing the Rush backup goaltender, Christian Frey, Utah was close to climbing above .500 in the divisional standings for the first time this season. But all streaks must come to an end. Utah let Rapid City hang around and gain confidence and with two goals provided by Pavel Jenys and Jack Walker in the third period, the Rush came back to win, 2-1.
Turning Point: With the game tied at 1-1 and precious minutes remaining, Utah goaltender Kevin Carr was penalized for a delay of game. It turned out to be a backbreaker as Jack Walker connected on the game-winner as Rapid City won for only the second time on the road this season.
First star: Perhaps Utah took it for granted that goals would come aplenty while facing Rapid City’s backup goaltender in Christian Frey. Allowing a porous 4.54 goals-against average, Frey nonetheless stood on his head, denying all but one Utah shot and gained his first victory this season.
Second star: More than half of the game had transpired before Grizzlies forward Kyle Thomas buried a shot into the back of the net to give Utah a 1-0 lead. It turned out to be all the scoring the Grizzlies would muster.
Third star: Rush forward Jack Walker couldn’t have picked a better time for his fifth goal of the season, a power-play goal as time ran out on the Grizzlies.
Quoteworthy: “We let them gain confidence as the game progressed and we didn’t play with enough desperation,” head coach Tim Branham said. “We have to come out with a better effort tomorrow or it isn’t going to be a good outcome.”
What’s Next: The Utah Grizzlies and Rapid City Rush will resume action from the postponed game Friday night on Sunday at Maverik Center at 1 p.m. The game will commence at the start of the second period. The Grizzlies are leading 3-1.