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GRIZZ SNOOZE, LOSE AGAINST SPIDERS

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If the Utah Grizzlies were to patent their performance Saturday night, they just might put NyQuil out of business.

After a lackluster 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Spiders at the Delta Center, the Grizz gave new meaning to the old adage "if you snooze, you lose."It was Utah's third game in consecutive days - and it showed. The Grizzlies - despite outshooting the Spiders 31-21 - just weren't able to muster anything on offense, and at times, looked like they were sleepwalking on defense.

"The Grizzly magic ran out of gas," said Utah coach Butch Goring after the Grizz's second straight loss. "We played hard on Thursday, played hard on Friday and tried to play hard Saturday, but it just wasn't there."

Utah lost a 4-3 heartbreaker late Friday night on a fluke goal at Southwest Division-leading Las Vegas. The team didn't arrive in Salt Lake until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. San Francisco, meantime, hadn't played since Wednesday.

Goring didn't like that scheduling very much.

"They had an unfair advantage. They were a well-rested hockey club."

The player that benefited the most from Utah's sluggishness was San Francisco right winger Ed Courtenay, who was just called up from Reno on Friday.

Courtenay scored two goals - his third and fourth of the season - to give the Spiders all the offensive spark they would need against Utah.

Both of his scores came just seconds after he was released from the penalty box. After a scoreless first period, Courtenay put the Spiders up 1-0 on a breakaway against Utah goaltender Tommy Salo.

The Grizzlies then converted on a two-man advantage to knot the game up on a Bob Beers' slapshot two minutes later.

Courtenay's second goal came with just 27 seconds left in the second period. John Purves intercepted a bad Utah pass and dished it off to Courtenay, who got Salo to commit and flipped it over his outstretched hands.

"We just weren't sharp," Goring added. "That was a bad pass. When you're tired, you make mental mistakes."

Courtenay, who's played in just 12 games with the Spiders, has now scored three goals and two assists in three games against Utah.

GAME NOTES: Five Grizzlies - Egor Bashkatov, Grigori Panteleyev, Brett Lievers, Jason Herter and Robert Dome - didn't dress up for the game because of minor injuries or personal reasons . . . The attendance was 8,448 . . . Utah will face the Indianapolis Ice on Monday at 7 p.m. . . . Former Grizzly Danton Cole, who was just traded to the Ice's parent-club Chicago Blackhawks, will likely see action in the game. He was Utah's leading scorer with 43 points ... Utah fell to 34-13-3; San Francisco is 21-24-7.