BAKERSFIELD, Calif. The Utah Grizzlies fought back to tie Bakersfield twice Saturday night, but fell 4-3 in a shootout.
The two teams combined for 35 shots in the first period, but the only goal was from Jason Goulet of Bakersfield.
The Grizzlies evened the score in the second when Ryan Kinasewich scored his 21st of the season on a centering pass from Rob Sirianni. Jeff Dwyer was also credited with an assist. Less than five minutes later, Scott Burt connected for his 25th of the year from Micheal Haley and Olivier Labelle, giving the Grizzlies the 2-1 edge.
However, the Condors fired back with two quick ones by Mark Derlago and Brett Lutes. But Labelle tied it with his 24th of the year, with 2:29 remaining in regulation. Haley and Sirianni both got their second assists of the game on the goal. The Grizzlies fell, however, in five rounds of the shootout 3-2.
Ryan Cruthers and James Sanford were the scorers for the Grizzlies in the shoot-out. Wylie Rogers looked great in goal again for the Grizzlies stopping 41 of 44 shots. Utah returns to action Monday in Bakersfield for another 8:00 p.m. face-off. The Grizzlies complete their 2007-2008 regular season Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosting Stockton at the E-Center. Face-off all three nights is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Utah has clinched a playoff berth for the second time in three seasons. The ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs are scheduled to begin the following week.