WEST VALLEY CITY Friday night at the E-Center the Alaskan Aces came in hoping to avenge the previous night's loss, but they were run out of the arena as Utah scored a season-high nine goals to win 9-5.
The Grizzlies led by a touchdown halfway through the second period, 7-0. Garett Bembridge didn't stop at a hat trick, scoring four for the game.
"When the bounces go your way, that happens," Bembridge said. "Tonight they went for us."
The Aces pounded the first two shots of the contest, which Grizzlies goalie Michael Mole stopped, and after that initial flurry, the first and second periods belonged to Utah.
The Grizzlies only needed 1:51 seconds to start the rout when Justin Bourne scored after a mad scramble in front of the net. Christian Gaudet and Travis Rycroft assisted on goal.
At the 14:19 mark, Ryan Kinasewich rushed the left side of the goal and flipped a short pass to Bembridge, who pushed the puck in. Barely two minutes later, Olivier Labelle punched one in right in front of the goal.
The fourth and fifth goals, by Ian Forbes and Keith Johnson, were unassisted. Forbes opened the second period and scored less than a minute later when he slapped the puck in from the blue line.
"They are skating well and wanting to make plays happen," Utah coach Jason Christie said. "The first three goals were certainly the result of outstanding teamwork."
The game was all but over, but Bembridge was just getting warmed up.
At 6:38 of the second period Bembridge socked in his third goal, staking the Griz to an 8-0 lead and leaving the third period as a formality. Mole tried desperately to preserve his shutout, but with 15 seconds remaining in the second period the Aces broke the ice with a goal.
Christie said the team focuses on the transition game to be in the right place when that happens.
"They are finding one another," he said.Tonight the same two teams play again at 7 in the E-Center to complete the three-games-in-three-nights series.