The Rapid City Rush scored off a late turnover and then added an empty-net goal to prevent the Grizzlies from tying the game for a fourth time in a 6-3 win Wednesday.
The Grizzlies trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before tying the contest each time.
“We tied it up early in the third and had numerous chances to put the puck in the net to take the lead and didn’t do it,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham.
Taylor Richart (10) tied the contest at one at 10:30 of the first period and 1:41 after Rapid City took a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Walters (19) slammed in a puck off the wall on a second chance 1:39 into the second period to again tie the game at two.
Brendan Harms (six) scored off a good Brad Navin look to make it 3-3, 1:52 into the third period before Rapid City scored its fourth goal off Utah’s fourth defensive breakdown of the matinee.
“We can’t get down on ourselves,” said Branham. “It’s a matter of being ready, knowing what you have to do out there every shift, not taking a shift off and not taking anything for granted.”
Utah’s stretch of five-straight games with a power-play goal came to an end as it went 0-for-7 and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot by not keeping things simple and making dumb mistakes,” said Branham. “Obviously we need to find a way to rectify that. We have to have a greater sense of urgency when the puck is on our stick.”
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee on Feb. 19, against Idaho at 1:30 p.m.