It's good; we knew we were better than that, and we are playing good hockey right now, and we have to keep it going. —Tim Branham
WEST VALLEY CITY — Danick Paquette sealed the deal for the Grizzlies with a late second-period goal in Utah's 3-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night.
The Utah Grizzlies, who were coming off a tough overtime loss on Monday to Idaho, received some familiar faces back on the ice, one of them being Jamie MacQueen.
MacQueen, who has spent nearly all of his season bouncing back and forth from the AHL and the ECHL, returned Friday, and he made a big impact in the game.
The Grizzlies fell behind early in the game when Bakersfield defender George Hughes scored the first goal of the night.
Later in the first period MacQueen got the face-off and hit a wrist shot that soared past Bakersfield’s goaltender Laurent Brossoil to tie things up at 1-all at the end of the first period.
MacQueen wasn’t done for the night. Early in the second period he scored his second goal to give the Grizzlies their first lead of the night.
“Feels great — I was going through a tough stretch before getting called up. It feels good to the monkey off my back,” MacQueen said.
Added Grizzlies head coach Tim Branham: “MacQueen has to be really happy; he’s great — he needs to keep that going.”
Late in the second period the Grizzlies had many scoring opportunities that just kept missing until Danick Paquette scored his ninth goal of the season to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead to end the second period.
Aaron Dell got his third straight victory in between the pipes for Utah as he stopped 26-28 of the Condors shots.
Dell after tonight’s win said, “I think we are doing a really good job, just playing smart hockey all around.”
The Utah Grizzlies were seven games back from begin a .500 win team before the Christmas and now are back at .500 on the season.
“It’s good; we knew we were better than that, and we are playing good hockey right now, and we have to keep it going,” Branham said.
These same two teams are back at the Maverik Center Saturday night as the puck will drop at 7.
“Another big game tomorrow," Branham said, "tomorrow is the biggest one of the year.”
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