|Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM|
West Valley City- Johnnie Searfoss skated past the Eagles defenders to score his first career goal as he scored the game winning goal to push the Grizzlies past the Eagles 4-3 in their fourth straight home victory.
“It’s huge,” said Head Coach Tim Branham “the boys played really well, overall I’m very happy and I’m very proud of them.”
After three straight games in California the Grizzlies were back on the Maverik Center ice for only the third time in the month of December. The night started fast for the Eagles as it only took Colorado 18 seconds to get on the board and take the early lead.
“There was no panic on the bench,” said Branham “the guys on the bench said don’t worry Bobkov will have our back.”
Michael Pelech scored his team high 13 goal of the season to help ignite the Grizzlies late in the first period of play to tie things up at 1.
In the second period of play Danick Paquette scored his first goal of the season as he went top shelf on the Eagles goaltender to help Utah extend their lead.
“You don’t like to wait that long for Paquette to get his first goal, but will take it,” said Branham “If we can get Paquette going he is a big asset for us.”
After Paquette’s goal Alex Krushelnyski made an amazing hockey play as he shook the goaltender to score the third goal on the night for Utah and score his fourth goal of the season.
Igor Bobkov made his home debut in a Grizzlies uniform as he stopped 18 shots on the night in his return to Utah.
“He was calm, cool and relaxed.” Branham said of his goaltender “we are lucky to have him for sure.”
The Grizzlies and Eagles will continue this four game series back in Colorado after the Christmas break beginning on Dec. 26 before ending the series in Utah.
“This a rival of ours,” Branham said “these games are very important in the standings.”
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• Utah Grizzlies are back at .500 in the standings as they sit 11-11-2-2 on the year
• Michael Pelech now six goals against the Eagles
• Igor Bobkov is 2-2 in his return to Utah