Utah Grizzlies Fall In Season Opener To Rapid City Rush

Oct 22, 2022, 6:43 PM | Updated: Nov 7, 2022, 2:35 pm
Utah Grizzlies hockey (Courtesy of Meagan Johnson)
(Courtesy of Meagan Johnson)

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – In the home opener of the 2022-23 season, Rapid City Rush started the game on the offensive, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes. An early penalty cost the Grizzlies, as Rapid City’s Matt Marcinew scored just 4 minutes into the opening period. Just a minute later, the Rush found the net again with a goal from Jon Martin. Rapid City capped off its first period scoring spree with a third goal from Roby Kerins to leave the Grizzlies trailing 3-0 as the two teams went into the first intermission.

The second period belonged to the Grizzlies, tying the game up with three goals of their own. Two minutes into the period, Wright entered the offensive zone and found Tsekos backdoor as the Grizzlies finally got onto the scoreboard. Just over three minutes later, the Grizzlies added another. Mcdonald drew in the defenseman behind the net and passed the puck out front to a wide open Raabe who put it away. The momentum continued for the Grizzlies. With 10 minutes remaining, Fizer found himself on a breakaway. Fizer’s move sent the goalie sprawling the wrong way and the second period ended even at three.

In a back and forth third period, it was Rapid City who prevailed. At around the halfway mark, Rapid City’s Nielsen caught a pass in front of the net and walked across before putting the puck past Miner. As the game was winding down, The Grizzlies would create numerous chances, but failed to find the equalizer. Rapid City would add an empty netter in the final seconds to finish the game 5-3.

Up Next

Utah Grizzlies return to the Maverik Center tomorrow, Saturday, October 22 at 7:10 p.m. MT to host Rapid City Rush for the final game of the series.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 3 F

Utah Grizzlies 0 3 0 3

Rapid City Rush 3 0 2 5

Rapid City: Matt Marcinew (4:01/1st)

Rapid City: Jon Martin (5:07/1st)

Rapid City: Roby Kerins (10:03/1st)

Utah: Zach Tsekos (2:00/2nd)

Utah: Dakota Raabe (5:27/2nd)

Utah: Tarun Fizer (10:05/2nd)

Rapid City: Logan Nelson (9:43/3rd)

Rapid City: Calder Brooks (19:43/3rd)

Stats Summary: Grizzlies / Rush

Shots on Goal: 37 / 26

Power Plays: 4 / 3

Saves: 21 / 34

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