FRESNO, Calif. Utah's Justin Bourne scored 6:23 into triple overtime as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Fresno Falcons 4-3 Monday night at Save Mart Center to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven quarterfinal playoff series. Utah battled back from 3-0 deficit and 3-1 deficits.1 comment on this story
The game was the sixth-longest in ECHL history and lasted four hours and 35 minutes. The Grizzlies battled back on the power-play with Rob Sirianni putting Utah on the scoreboard in the final minute of the second period. In the third, Andrew MacDonald and Jeff Dwyer blasted power-play goals within 48 seconds of each other as the Grizzlies battled back from the two-goal deficit and tied the game with the scores at 6:19 and 7:07 of the period.
In the first overtime, Tyler Haskins was denied by Fresno goaltender Jake Moreland on a penalty-shot 3:03 into the period. Utah goaltender Nathan Lawson stopped 39 of 42 Fresno shots to improve to 2-0 in the playoffs. Utah outshot Fresno 59-42 in the six-period game.
The best-of-seven series reverts to the E-Center for 7:05 p.m. faceoffs Wednesday and Friday, and Saturday if necessary.