Rush Defeat Grizzlies 4-3 on Monday Night
West Valley City, Utah - The Utah Grizzlies got 3 power play goals tonight but the Rapid City Rush got 2 goals from Alex Rauter and Tyler Poulsen as they defeated Utah 4-3 on Monday night at Maverik Center.
Utah would have clinched a playoff spot with a victory but it will have to wait another day. It was a seesaw battle where the lead changed hands with every goal. Rapid City scored first as Rauter scored shorthanded.
The Grizzlies tied things up as Caleb Herbert scored his 30th of the season 17:16 into the first. Herbert became the first player since Paul McIlveen scored 30 goals in the 2011-12 season.
Tyler Poulsen scored twice in the second period. Both goals were great highlight goals, displaying great speed. He gave the Rush a 2-1 lead, followed up with a 3-2 lead with a Turner Ottenbreit Grizzlies power play goal in between. It was a 3-2 Rush lead after 2 periods.
Utah got their 3rd power play goal of the night as Jack Walker scored 1:28 into the third period. The scoring ended as the Rush took a 4-3 lead on a power play goal from Rauter, his 2nd of the night. Dylan Quaile and Brandon Fehd each had 2 assists on the game as the Rush won 5 of the 6 games in the series.
Grizzlies went 3 for 7 on the power play while the Rush went 1 for 4 as well as scoring a first period short handed goal.
Grizzlies can clinch a playoff bid on Friday night at Allen. 6:00 pm mountain time face-off. Utah begins a 7 game road trip with 2 games in Allen this Friday and Saturday. The Grizz return home on April 7th and 8th for Fan Appreciation Weekend.
3 stars of the game
1. Alex Rauter (R.C) - 2 goals, 1 assist.
2. Tyler Poulsen (R.C) - 2 goals, 6 shots on goal.
3. Caleb Herbert (Utah) - 1 goal, 1 assist.
Grizzlies Notes: Utah has a home record of 20-12-1-1 on the year. Turner Ottenbreit scored his 8th goal of the season, which leads Utah defenseman. Caleb Herbert and Jack Walker each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Mike Economos had 2 assists. Tanner Nagel made his professional debut for the Grizzlies. Nagel tied for the Swift Current Broncos team lead with 13 goals this season in the WHL.
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