The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 5-2, on Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
Reining ECHL Goaltender of the Week Aaron Dell improved to 13-3-0-1, by stopping 17 of 19 Condors shots.
Utah extended its season-high unbeaten streak to seven games at 6-0-1-0, as it also improves to a league-best 12-2-2-2 since Christmas.
“It was a good character win tonight,” Grizzlies head coach and General Manager Tim Branham said. “We played a solid road game. I’m proud of their effort.”
Utah took a 1-0 lead 7:48 into the first period on Danick Paquette’s 10th goal of the year on a great setup in transition from David Vallorani that was led up ice by Phil Mangan. The Condors then added two late goals to lead 2-1 going to the second period.
But the Grizzlies came quickly out of the gates in the second period to score two goals on special teams and quickly regained the lead. Martin Lee led a shorthanded rush up ice and fed Paquette who was denied, but Lee and Jamie MacQueen hacked at the loose puck and MacQueen scored his 14th of the year to tie the game at two.
The Grizzlies reclaimed the lead on a power-play goal by Michael Pelech 6:05 into the third period. The Grizzlies held the puck in for the first 1:19 of the power-play, and after several chances scored on Pelech’s third effort in front of the net as Phil Mangan and Mathieu Aubin drew assists.
Utah killed three penalties with the 3-2 lead before Mathieu Aubin took a feed on a two-on-one rush from MacQueen to make it 4-2 with 10:39 left in regulation.
Aubin added another into an empty net with 27 seconds remaining for his 10th of the year and to cap off his three-point night with two goals and one assist.
Four other Utah players had multiple-points with MacQueen (one goal, one assist), Mangan (two assists), Pelech (one goal, one assist) and Paquette (one goal, one assist) collecting multiple-point games.
Utah and Bakersfield meet again at 8 p.m. on Saturday from Rabobank Arena.
The Grizzlies return home Monday, Feb. 17 for a 1:35 p.m. start for Maverik Monday on President’s Day. Fans can get six tickets for $30 with a receipt from Maverik.