The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Tulsa Oilers, 3-2, in overtime Friday night at the BOK Center.
Taylor Richart (five) scored the game-winning goal on a four-on-three power play 1:26 into the extra session to give Utah its fifth win in the last six games. Kyle Thomas and Ryan Walters drew assists on Richart’s third game-winning goal of the year.
“We found a way to get two points again, another character win,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham. “Our special teams were good tonight. Carr was outstanding.”
Utah goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 39-of-41 shots to improve to 4-2 on the season and earn his fourth-straight win.
Utah took a 1-0 lead 6:11 into the first period when Sam Windle joined a four-on-two for his first professional goal from Brendan Harms and Michael Pelech. Tulsa tied on a two-on-one later in the period.
The Grizzlies got the lead back at 2-1 as Thomas roofed a power-play goal for his second of the season with assists to Richart and Walters 3:14 into the second period.
Tulsa tied the contest on a shorthanded two-on-one 14 seconds into the third period.
Utah went 2-6 on the power play in the game and 6-6 on the penalty kill. The Grizzlies killed 52 seconds of five-on-three time for Tulsa in the second as Carr held Utah’s 2-1 lead.
The Grizzlies and Oilers meet again Saturday at 6 p.m., on ESPN 700, before Utah completes the trip Sunday in Wichita at 4 p.m.
The Grizzlies return home Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11.