Utah Leads Series 2-1
Grizzlies Beat Victoria 7-5

By Linda Hamilton
Deseret Morning News

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Things were going so badly for the Utah Grizzlies in their first-ever ECHL second-round E Center playoff game Thursday night that coach Jason Christie had to swap goaltenders less than five minutes into the second period.The new goalie, Mike Mole, gave up a score just 39 seconds into his tenure. Utah was down four goals.

But Keith Johnson scored from up the slot at 18:34 of the second period, and he and Ryan Kinasewich (pictured) combined for another score just 12 seconds later in a stunning play when the Salmon Kings tried to pass to Dylan Yeo, who fell, leaving the puck there for Johnson to catch up to it near the Victoria blue line. Kinasewich put away the 2-on-1, and Utah went into intermission with a chance.

“You’ve got to capitalize on plays like that,” said Johnson.

In all, the Grizzlies scored the final six goals of the game, including an empty-netter that gave Kinasewich a hat trick, and Utah won the game 7-5 to take a two-games-to-one lead in this best-of-seven series with two more home games scheduled for Saturday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 4.

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