Grizzlies Hope To Ride Momentum

By Linda Hamilton
Deseret Morning News

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are feeling the momentum after that remarkable comeback win Thursday night that gave them a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven ECHL Kelly Cup second-round series.

Because of that 7-5 victory in the E Center, after being down 5-1, Utah actually has the chance to close out the higher-seeded Victoria Salmon Kings — who won the West Division during the regular season with 91 points to fourth-place Utah’s 74 — in the E-Center with games on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

If not, Game 6 would be in Victoria on Tuesday, and if Game 7 is needed, it’s Wednesday in Victoria, where playoff crowds are the largest in the league, averaging 5,851. Utah is drawing 3,297.

“It’s just a great team win,” said Grizz rookie Keith Johnson, who had two goals and two assists Thursday to take over the team lead and move into a tie for ninth among ECHL playoff scorers, and a tie for third among rookie scorers. “It’s a good feeling in that locker room right now.”

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