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Fun turns to nightmare as Grizz lose to Admirals

Welcome to Halloween eve in the International Hockey League, where less than six minutes after a man dressed as a dog sang the national anthem, the Utah Grizzlies got the E Center howling with a pair of goals. A festive atmosphere prevailed as the crowd wore costumes and concession stands sold hot dogs for just 25 cents.

The fun, however, eventually gave way to a nightmare as the visiting Milwaukee Admirals rallied for a 4-2 victory."I'm not too pleased with our team's performance," said Grizzlies coach Butch Goring. "Five-on-five we were pretty good, but our power play was extremely poor."

Utah went 0-for-9 with the advantage and managed just two shots-on-goal in the third period.

"A peewee team could have stopped us on the power play tonight," said Goring.

The Grizzlies fall to 8-4-1 with the setback, while the Admirals improve to 7-4-0.

Milwaukee scored all of its goals after Utah had taken an early 2-0advantage. Kip Miller's goal just 25 seconds into the match was the quickest score by the Grizzlies this season. A few minutes later, Vladimir Orszagh doubled Utah's lead.

The Admirals fired back, though, and evened the score by period's end on goals by Mike Tomlak and Eric Fenton. Mike Harder added the go-ahead score at 1:37 of the second period off of Utah goalkeeper Mark McArthur. Milwaukee added an insurance goal in the final minute of the third period when Mark McNeill fired into an empty net off a drop.

SLAP SHOTS: The announced attendance was 5,987 . . . Utah and Milwaukee square off again Saturday night in the E Center. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. The homestand concludes Wednesday with a visit by the Houston Aeros . . . The Grizzlies have killed 29 consecutive penalties . . . Defensemen Jan Vopat and Sean O'Brien are sidelined with the flu . . . The Grizz have signed right wing Carlos Soke to a tryout contract. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder began the season with Lake Charles of the WPHL.