03/23/2016 9:05 PM
The Grizzlies hosted junior and high school student journalists on Wednesday night at Maverik Center. Sydney Ward from Salem Junior High School had her article chosen to be posted on our website. Before the game, the students heard from KUTV Talkin' Sports Adam Mikulich, Adam Turner from the Salt Lake Tribune and Vice President/Communications and Broadcasting Adrian Denny on their experiences and advice to young journalists. They then covered the action from the press box and attended the postgame press conference in which Head Coach Tim Branham and forward Matt Berry spoke about the game.
By Sydney Ward , Student Journalist Salem Junior High School
It was a disappointing loss for the Utah Grizzlies against the Tulsa Oilers. After a shootout, the Grizzlies finished only one goal behind their opponents for a final score of 3-2.
“I thought we did a pretty good job,” Tim Branham, Grizzlies Head Coach said. “We completely outplayed them, completely dominated them, our shots were 45 to 12, we just couldn’t keep the puck out of the back of our net.”
With one goal scored in the first period for the Grizzlies and three in the second (one for the Grizzlies and two for the Oilers), the game went into overtime. Brady Ramsay, #19, scored the winning goal for the Oilers during the shootout. During the game though, the Oilers only had a total of 10 shots in the first two periods, while the Grizzlies had 25. “Our special teams did pretty good,” Branham said. Scoring a goal on one of the Grizzlies power-plays, the team now has scored 47 power-play goals.
Ryan Hayes, #91 for the Grizzlies, who scored with three seconds left in overtime against Colorado on Saturday, kept up the pace, scoring one of the team’s goals in the second period. Ryan Faragher, goalie, ended his seven-shot save streak when Oilers’ #22, Lalancette, scored during the second period, followed by Brewer, #73. Barry Almedia, #19, scored another goal for the Grizzlies. In January Almeida ran a four-point third period against the Oilers.
The Grizzlies are hosting the Oilers again on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, which will finish a three-game series between the teams.
The Grizzlies have four more games at home of their remaining seven regular season games, they trail Idaho by four points for a first-place standing. The Grizzlies are looking forward to a game playing the frontrunners on Wednesday, March 30. The game will begin at 7 p.m. MST, and will be broadcast on the radio at 1320 KFAN.