By Linda Hamilton
Deseret Morning News
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Goaltender Michael Mole has had quite a ride in his third professional hockey season.
After training camp with the New York Islanders and AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, he was sent down to Utah, then recalled three times to Bridgeport and even spent recent time on the bench with the Islanders due to injuries.
But his last start was March 14 for the Grizzlies at Las Vegas.
Since then, he’s done a little fill-in duty but hadn’t played much until Thursday, when he replaced teammate Nathan Lawson five minutes into the second period and came out with a stunning 7-5 victory after Utah had been down 4-1 when he went in and 5-1 after he’d played 39 seconds.
Saturday night at the E Center, Mole got the start and held the potent Victoria Salmon Kings scoreless in a 2-0 Utah win that gives the Grizzlies the chance to close out this second-round series when the two teams meet again at 4 p.m. today in Game 5 in the E Center. Utah is up 3-1 in the best-of-seven playoff.