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Grizzlies Learn Second Round Opponent

Rob Sirianni
West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies learned late Tuesday night that the Victoria Salmon Kings would be their opponent for their second round ECHL National Conference semifinal playoff series which will open Friday night at 8:05 p.m. in British Columbia. The Salmon Kings rallied to beat Bakersfield 6-5 in overtime to complete the best-of-seven series in six games.

Series Schedule

Utah @ Victoria - Friday, April 25, 8:05 p.m.
Utah @ Victoria - Sunday, April 27, 6:05 p.m.
Victoria @ Utah - Thursday, May 1, 7:05 p.m.
Victoria @ Utah - Saturday, May 3, 7:05 p.m.
Victoria @ Utah - Sunday, May 4, 4:05 p.m. (Game 5 - If Necessary)
Utah @ Victoria - Tuesday, May 6, 8:05 p.m. (Game 6 - If Necessary)
Utah @ Victoria - Wednesday, May 7, 8:05 p.m. (Game 7 - If Necessary)


Utah is proud to be the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders and the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Grizzlies had to wait just over 24 hours for their next opponent after completing their first round best-of-seven series with the Fresno Falcons Monday night. Utah defeated Fresno 4-2 Monday at Save Mart Center to win the first round series four games to two.

The sixth-seeded Grizzlies again open a series on the road against the second-seeded and West Division Champion Victoria Salmon Kings. Utah went 3-0 away from the E-Center in the first round led by goaltender Nathan Lawson who went 4-2 starting all six games.

Rob Sirianni and Keith Johnson lead Utah in the playoffs with three goals each. Sirianni scored Utah’s first goal in three of the six games in the Fresno series. Johnson had two game-winning goals for Utah and added the series clinching empty-netter in the final minute of Monday’s victory.

The Grizzlies on Monday won their first playoff series since the 1996-97 season when they swept the Kansas City Blades in the IHL 3-0 in the first round. Utah had not won a best-of-seven playoff series since their Turner Cup Championship clincher over Orlando in 1995-96.

All Grizzlies games are broadcast live on Utah Grizzlies Radio 860 AM in Salt Lake City and on www.utahgrizzlies.com. Pre-game coverage starts 30 minutes prior to face-off.


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