Faragher Stops 41 Shots as Grizzlies Top Eagles, 4-1
LOVELAND, CO. - Utah goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 41 of the 42 shots Colorado fired his way, as the Grizzlies claimed a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Eagles on Saturday. Utah forward Zac Larraza netted two goals in the win, while Eagles forward Luke Salazar scored Colorado's lone goal in the contest.
Utah would grab the first lead of the night when forward Mathieu Aubin sent a bouncing shot through the crease, hopping past Eagles goalie Clarke Saunders and giving the Grizzlies the 1-0 edge at the 15:13 mark of the first period.
With time ticking down in the opening frame, Eagles forward Matt Garbowsky would force a turnover in the neutral zone, triggering a 2-on-1 rush down the ice. Garbowsky would send a cross-slot pass onto the tape of Salazar, who would light the lamp with a one-timer to tie the game at 1-1 with only 20 seconds remaining in the first period.
Utah would regain the lead in the second period on the power play when Larraza snapped a wrister from the top of the left circle into the back of the net to give the Grizzlies the 2-1 advantage just 3:22 into the middle frame.
Later in the second period and with Utah back on the man-advantage, forward Colin Martin would tap home a pass across the crease to grow the Grizzlies lead to 3-1 at the 17:49 mark of the period.
With Utah enjoying a two-goal edge after 40 minutes, the Grizzlies would pad their lead when Larraza tipped a centering pass in the slot over the shoulder of Saunders to extend the Utah advantage to 4-1 at the 9:48 mark of the third period.
Colorado would pull Saunders in favor of the extra attacker, but would come no closer in a 4-1 loss to the Grizzlies.
The Eagles finished the night going 0-for-4 on the power play, while Utah capitalized on two of their four opportunities on the man-advantage.
The Eagles will travel to take on the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:05pm MT at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Tickets for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs will go on sale on Wednesday, March 29th at 10am by calling the Eagles ticket office at 970-686-SHOT (7468) or purchase online at www.ColoradoEagles.com.
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