Facebook Twitter



Having home ice hasn't turned out to be that great of an advantage so far this season for the Utah Grizzlies.

For the second straight night, the Grizz fell prey to a first-year club as they dropped a 6-5 match to the Orlando Solar Bears Saturday at the Delta Center."There's just no excuse to give up six goals in your arena," said Grizzly coach Butch Goring.

Once again, the Grizzlies biggest weakness was scoring on and defending against the power play. The Solar Bears converted 4-of-6 opportunities, while Utah turned in two goals out of nine chances with a man advantage.

"When you give up four power play goals, you're not going to win too many games," Goring said. "Obviously we're going to work on our penalty killings."

The Solar Bears did most of their damage in the second period by scorching the net five times against Utah goalie Jamie McLennan. Three of the scores came on the power play.

Orlando center Craig Fisher, who scored 93 points for the Indianapolis Ice last season, had a huge outing for the Solar Bears with two power play goals and two assists.

It was the Solar Bear's first franchise win (1-4), while Utah dropped to 3-2.

A couple of bright spots for the Grizzlies came from the play of right wingers Brett Lievers and Robert Dome.

Lievers, a first-year pro from Syracuse, N.Y., notched two goals, one on a power play and the other even strength.

Meantime, the 16-year-old Dome from Senice, Slovakia, also scored two points, turning in his first-ever assist and goal of his IHL career.

Dome had been playing on a three-game contract, but will likely be signed to a 25-game deal before Monday's game against the Los Angeles Ice Dogs.

"I guess after tonight, I'd better work a little harder (on the contract)," said Goring, who was very encouraged with the way Dome played in the game.

GAME NOTES: The Grizzlies conclude their five-game homestand against the Los Angeles Ice Dogs at 7:05 p.m. Monday at the Delta Center . . . Hoping to boost attendance from Saturday's crowd of 5,896, the Grizz have reduced all tickets to half price.