The Grizzlies scored a season high four goals in the second period in front of 9,127 fans and the Grizzlies took control of the third place seed in the Western Conference with a 4-1 win over Idaho.
Danick Paquette scored two goals in Saturday night’s victory to tally five goals in the three-game home stand.
“I hope he keeps it going, what can you say about the kid?" Utah coach Tim Branham said of Paquette's hot streak. "He does everything, penalty kills, power play. And (he's) scary to play against and is a leader in the dressing room.”
Branham also had praise for his other players saying, “The boys have done a good job to make the games exciting and having success here at home helps.”
The Utah Grizzlies (33-21-3-5) skated out in camouflage jerseys for Military Appreciation night at the Maverik Center to face the Idaho Steelheads (33-25-3-4). It was a playoff-type atmosphere and the Grizzlies rewarded the fans with some great hockey on the ice.
After a scoreless first period the Grizzlies went on the attack in second period with Phil Mangan scoring the first goal of the night at the 12:50 mark of the period. Seconds later Paquette, who has been on a tear the past two home games, scored his third goal in three games to put Utah up 2-0.
Andrew O’Brien got into a scrum on the ice which sent him to the penalty box with a double minor for roughing and gave Idaho a man advantage. But Mathieu “The rocket” Aubin stole the puck in Idaho’s zone and slashed the puck past Kevin Kapalka to extends Utah’s lead in the second period to 3-0.
Paquette scored the final goal of the wild second period as Utah left the ice with a four goal lead. Halfway through the third period the Steelheads found a way to get their only the only goal past Utah goalie Igor Bobkov.
Paquette said of his latest success “I have been playing really well, but it’s a team game, but I’m on fire I guess," Paquette said jokingly of his recent success.
Bobkov who was back in net for the sixth straight night was once again outstanding. Bobkov, who was been playing great hockey since his return from the AHL, improved to 16-6-2-2 on the season after stopping 30 of 31 shots fired in his direction during the Grizzlies win.
“He (Bobkov) does better with a higher workload, he thrives in that,” Branham said of his goalie.
The Grizzlies will travel to Colorado to start a four game series. The first three will be in Colorado with the fourth on home ice in Utah.
“They are a tough team to play, especially in their own barn. it’s going to be a battle and we better be ready,” Branham said of the upcoming series.
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