By Linda Hamilton
Deseret Morning News
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Coaching in the critical Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ second-round Kelly Cup playoff game Sunday at the E-Center to eliminate the Victoria Salmon Kings wasn’t that hard, said Utah coach Jason Christie.
All he had to do was mention the 12-hour bus/plane/ferry journey to Victoria if the Grizzlies lost Sunday in the best-of-seven series.
That, said Christie, and a prediction last week in a Victoria newspaper that the Salmon Kings would win the series in six games, was enough to motivate Utah to its highest playoff goal total in its three-year ECHL history in an 8-3 Salmon fry that eliminated the higher-seeded Fish Kings and bought Utah a ticket to the National Conference finals against conference regular-season champion Las Vegas.
That series won’t begin until Monday, May 12, in Las Vegas — an eight-day layoff for Utah and a 10-day layoff for the Wranglers, who eliminated Alaska in five games last Friday night.