Utah Grizzlies: Utah keeps rolling with 2-1 win in Bakersfield
The Utah Grizzlies (20-16-3-4) defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 2-1, on Saturday night at Rabobank Arena to take both games in the weekend series.
Igor Bobkov stopped all 13 third period shots and 30 of 31 in the game to earn the victory in goal. The Grizzlies, at 13-2-2-2 since Christmas, are unbeaten in 17 of their last 19 games overall to lead the ECHL during this stretch.
“I’m proud of the boys effort tonight. These are two good road wins,” Grizzlies head coach and General Manager Tim Branham.
Utah took a 2-0 lead into the second period after Jamie MacQueen (15) scored on the power-play 6:17 into the first period, and Phil Mangan (6), crashing the net, scored for Utah 6:41 later at 12:58 of the first period.
Utah drew two power-plays in the first 5:25 of the game and cashed in as Mathieu Aubin and Vinny Scarsella picked up assists on MacQueen’s goal as Utah controlled the Bakersfield zone five-on-four.
Danick Paquette fired a shot from the circle in transition that Mangan jammed in for the rebound to make it 2-0. Brent Gwidt picked up the other assist.
After Bakersfield made it 2-1, 7:23 into the second, Utah immediately killed a penalty and took the 2-1 lead to the third.
Utah continues its nine-game road stretch Wednesday in Boise at 7:10 p.m.
The Grizzlies return home Monday, Feb. 17 for a 1:35 p.m. start for Maverik Monday on President’s Day. Fans can get six tickets for $30 with a receipt from Maverik.