The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Allen Americans, 3-1, on Saturday night at Allen Event Center to take both games on the weekend series.
“We played some hockey today,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham. “Everyone’s pulling the rope and we’re gaining confidence.”
For the second-straight game, new addition Jake Marchment (10) gave Utah a 1-0 lead on a first period power-play goal as he tipped in a Rob Mann blast as Ryan Misiak also picked up an assist.
Utah took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal from Brad Navin (nine) with 1:42 left in the second period 2:47 after Allen tied the game with a power-play goal. Austin Ortega (one goal, one assist) found Navin between the circles for a blast as Taylor Richart also picked up a helper.
The 2-1 score held for 32:44 as Utah killed two penalties to keep the lead before Austin Ortega knocked in a rebound on a James Melindy blast as Michael Pelech also picked up an assist. Utah goaltender Joel Rumpel stopped 32-of-33 in the victory.
The Grizzlies went 2-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee on Monday against Idaho at 1:30 p.m.