West Valley City, Utah – Matthew Boucher had 2 goals and 1 assist and 3 different Grizzlies skaters had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead the Utah Grizzlies to victory 7-1 win over Wichita Thunder on Ugly Sweater Night at Maverik Center.
Wichita’s Cam Clarke took the lead with his first goal of the season 8:38 in the 8th minute. Utah ended the game 4 out of 4 as Trey Bradley scored his third of the year at 14. :52 in the match. Bradley was reassigned to the Grizzlies earlier in the afternoon from AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Bradley has 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in 12 games this season for Utah. 27 seconds later, Mason Mannek scored his 8th goal of the year thanks to his power play. Utah leads 2-1 after 1 inning. Ben Tardif has an assist in both of Utah’s first two goals.
Matthew Boucher blocked a cross and scored in the second minute in 36 seconds. 1 minute 33 seconds later, Tyler Penner led Utah 4-1 with his sixth goal of the campaign. Andrew Nielsen made it 5-1 on a 13:50 timer in the second. Nielsen has 4 goals in 4 games against Wichita this season. Brian Bowen scored with 3.6 seconds left in the period when Utah scored four goals in the second half to take a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Utah is currently 12-0 when leading after 2 innings.
Matthew Boucher added another goal in the third minute of the game 14:53 as Utah made it 2 – 3 with an unbeatable advantage. Utah beat Wichita 37 to 29 as Grizz has won all four of the first four meetings between the clubs this season. Utah won 5 in a row while the Thunder lost 7 in a row. Utah has been 21 to 7 ahead of their opponents in the last 5 games.
Boucher has a 3-point match (2 goals, 1 assist) while Bradley, Nielsen and Penner each have 1 goal and 1 assist. Ben Tardif and Brandon Cutler each have 2 assists. Cutler currently has a point in 15 of his last 16 games.
Garrett Metcalf was solid in Utah’s net as he saved 28 of 29 in his first home game of the season. Wichita’s Jake Theut saved 30 of the 37 people in the loss.
The final home game of 2021 will be at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or call (801) 988-8000.
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