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Utah Grizzlies: Stockton scores two late goals, tops Grizzlies, 3-2

By Adrian Denny

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Nov. 22 2013 11:56 p.m. MST

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder scored two third period goals to defeat the Utah Grizzlies, 3-2, on Friday night at Stockton Arena after Utah held a 2-1 lead going to the third.

Utah took 1-0 and 2-1 leads by scoring early in each of the first and second periods.

Vinny Scarsella tipped in a Channing Boe shot 1:15 into the first period to give Utah a 1-0 lead.

Tied at 1-1 going to the second period, Kris Hogg forced a turnover and led David Vallorani, who walked in from the left circle, through center and then backhanded the puck top shelf past Stockton goaltender Brian Foster to make it 2-1. The goal came at 2:04.

Stockton scored a power-play goal early in the third and forced a puck up ice on a breakaway with just over five minutes left to seal the 3-2 win.

Utah called timeout with 1:14 left and went six-on-five with an extra attacker. A last-ditch effort whistled wide to end the game.

Igor Bobkov stopped 29 of 32 shots in the losing effort.