11/10/2017 11:20 PM
West Valley City, Utah - The Fort Wayne Komets broke a 2-2 third period tie and added a late empty-net goal to beat the Utah Grizzlies 4-2 Friday night at Maverik Center.
“First 2 periods we played a pretty solid 40 minutes,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We had good energy. I thought our determination was good. A couple of mistakes led to their first 2 goals.”
Through the first two periods, each team held a one-goal lead for less than four minutes, otherwise the game was tied in one way or another through the first 40.
“We will be ready for tomorrow,” said Branham. “We will bring the same energy. It's a long season and you have to learn certain lessons through adversity. We played a good 50 minutes tonight but we needed a full 60 to win.”
Ryan Misiak (2) tied the game 3:50 after Fort Wayne made it 1-0 8:58 into the contest. Misiak took a touch pass from Brendan Harms as Ryan Olsen led the play up the left wing side.
Utah took a 2-1 lead 4:59 into the second period as Ryan Olsen picked up a turnover and scored from the left circle before Fort Wayne tied the contest off of a face-off 2:35 later.
The Komets scored eight seconds into their first power-play 4:09 into the third period as Utah went 0-4 on the power-play in the game.
“This is a good group,” said Branham. “We have the right pieces. We are finding chemistry. We played well, just need to make a couple less mistakes.”
The Grizzlies leading scorer Kyle Thomas was called-up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego after the team’s morning skate today following an injury.
“Hopefully we will add some depth here as we get Walters back tomorrow,” said Branham. “The Misiak, Olsen and Harms line was great tonight. They were dangerous with the puck tonight.”
Kevin Carr stopped 27 of 30 in goal for Utah as his personal five-game unbeaten streak came to an end.
Veterans Day Game With Metro PCS
Metro PCS is inviting all Veterans and Active Military to any Wasatch Front location to get a free voucher to attend the Grizzlies Veterans Day game on Saturday, November 11 to thank them for their service to our country.
Metro PCS Grizzlies Mini Sticks
Saturday night, the first 1,000 fans to visit the Metro PCS booth on the main concourse will receive a free Grizzlies mini stick.