VICTORIA, British Columbia The Utah Grizzlies, who've been a strong road team the last few months, came out with a strong effort Friday night, pressuring Victoria's goaltender and playing well on the penalty kill, but they couldn't find the back of the net in a 4-0 loss.
Utah had 30 shots on Victoria goalie Billy Thompson, but he stopped them all. The Grizzlies also killed off all five Victoria power plays but obviously gave up the even-handed scores.
Victoria started off taking a 1-0 lead 6:17 into the first period when Wes Goldie beat Utah's Wylie Rogers in goal with Mike Mole having gone up to the AHLafter a Jeff Dwyer giveaway in the defensive zone.
The Salmon Kings extended their lead less than two minutes into the second period when Jacob Dietrich scored off a one-timer. Just over seven minutes later Victoria took a 3-0 lead when Matt Kelly beat Rogers off a rebound. Rogers played well and stopped 28 shots.
Victoria put the game out of reach with less than five minutes left when Dietrich put in a loose puck.
Utah, which also fell 7-3 to the Salmon Kings Wednesday, has one more chance against the West Division leaders tonight. The Grizzlies then return to the E Center Wednesday to face Las Vegas.