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.
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.