Utah Grizzlies: Three for Three

After the 5-3 victory against Missouri on Wednesday, the Grizzlies’ road trip continued in Tulsa against the Oilers.

Ralph Cuddemi opened the scoring at the three minute mark, for his third in four games, but Tulsa came back almost immediately afterwards to tie it up, and then after pressure in the defensive zone, added a second seven minutes in.

At the half way mark, however, C.J. Eick drew a penalty deep in the Oilers’ zone, Jon Puskar tied the game up at two, and Tim Daly picked up his second assist of the game.

Alexandre Carrier and Emerson Clark dropped the gloves 14:34 into the first, both getting five for fighting, and an additional two each for removing their helmets. After a wild start to the period, the Grizzlies settled down quite well, looking quite comfortable, and largely carrying the play, and outshooting Tulsa 11-5.

The Grizzlies continued their strong play through the first half of the second, Reid, Cuddemi, and Navin especially keeping the Oilers stuck in their own end, and Aubin, Pelech, and Bradford looking like the high power first line they are.

Unfortunately, the Grizzlies took a penalty as Stoflet was sent off for holding 7:19 into the second. However, Pelech got a shorthanded opportunity, and the Grizzlies followed it up with a flurry of chances as Stoflet left the box.

Troy Redmann put the puck over the glass shortly thereafter, and Stoflet returned to the box to serve it, though nothing came of it.

About three minutes before the end of the period, Phil Pietroniro crashed the Oilers’ crease, and nearly had a goal, drawing an interference penalty and sending Utah to the power play. The Grizzlies controlled possession through the man advantage, but were unable to capitalize, and the period drew to a close.

After 40, the Grizzlies were outshooting Tulsa 25-11, and continued to look like the better team, despite the 2-2 tie.

The third period was fairly uneventful throughout, with both sides pushing play in turns — though by and large, Utah retained the edge. There were no penalties, and few stoppages, and Utah outshot the Oilers 30-17.

Sixty minutes weren’t enough to produce a winner, and the game went to overtime. C.J. Eick, Cam Reid and Tim Daly started for the Grizzlies, and Daly nearly added a goal to his two assists, but Tulsa took the puck away.

It would not matter in the end, as it was in fact Daly who would score the game winner to give the Grizzlies a much deserved win 2:25 into overtime.

Utah travels to Texas tonight and will take on Allen tomorrow at 4pm MT where the Grizzlies hope to extend their win streak to four games.

Thoughts

  • Ralph Cuddemi, Erik Bradford, Michael Pelech, and Mathieu Aubin have caught fire of late, and have all been main factors in the Grizzlies’ recent string of victories, and much needed return of goal scoring.
  • Though the third period was fairly boring, as Grizzlies games go, they did play quite well, and ultimately out shot Tulsa 34-17.
  • Tim Daly has stepped up in a big way recently, getting two goals against Colorado on the 23rd, and picking up a goal and two assists tonight in addition to his usual dependable defensive play. He now has seven goals and thirteen assists on the season.

 

 

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