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Utah Falls 5-2 in Preseason Opener

October 16, 2021 - ECHL (ECHL) - Utah Grizzlies News Release

Boise, Idaho - The Idaho Steelheads defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-2 in Friday night preseason action at Idaho Central Arena.

Idaho took a 3-0 lead behind 1 goal from Colby McAuley and 2 goals from Matt Tugnutt. Luke Martin scored both of Utah's goals. The first one coming 7:07 into the second period and the second on a power play goal 9:54 into the second. Quinn Ryan assisted on both of Martin's goals. Idaho added a power play goal with 1:05 left in the second as Luc Brown scored. Will Merchant added an empty netter with 1:15 left in regulation as the Steelheads won their first game since March 7, 2020.

Goaltender Peyton Jones started the game for Utah in net and saved 9 of 12. Garrett Metcalf followed him and saved 15 of 16. Utah went 1 for 2 on the power play while Idaho went 2 for 4.

Same teams will meet at the Ogden Ice Sheet on Saturday night at 7:15 pm. The Grizzlies and Steelheads will begin the regular season with a 3 game series. They open on Friday, October 22nd at Idaho Central Arena at 7:10 pm. The Grizz home opener is on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:10 pm and the series concludes with a 1:10 pm Sunday afternoon affair on the 24th of October. Tickets for every regular season and playoff game are available at

3 stars

1. Colby McAuley (Idaho) - Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

2. Matt Tugnutt (Idaho) - 2 goals, +3.

3. Luke Martin (Utah) - 2 goals.

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