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Grizz’ scoring outburst muzzles Moose

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The Utah Grizzlies don't need to worry about their season-long goaltending crisis, as long as they keep scoring goals by the half-dozen the way they did in Saturday night's 6-1 win over the Manitoba Moose at the E Center.

But it doesn't hurt that Utah continues to get strong goaltending from its newest No. 1 goalie, Philippe DeRouville. He turned away 32 shots, many of them in spectacular fashion, as the Grizzlies improved to 28-11-5 and stretched their unbeaten streak at home to seven games."The best two games he (DeRouville) has played for us have been the last two," said happy Utah coach Butch Goring. On Friday night, DeRouville shut out the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Utah has obtained 27-year-old goalie Scott LaGrand as the team's second goalie. LaGrand, acquired via loan from the Orlando Solar Bears, suited up for the first time Saturday night. Goring said the team finally has "two guys who can really play."

Not that the Grizzlies have had trouble finding goalies who can play. They just have trouble keeping them. Wade Flaherty, the IHL's top goalie, was called up by the New York Islanders. His backup, Mark McArthur, has undergone knee surgery and is out indefinitely. Since then, the team has been searching for goaltending it can rely on through the rest of the season and into the playoffs. The Islanders sent down Eric Fichaud, but he was injured in his first game for Utah.

DeRouville, who joined the team in December, is 5-0-1 in his last six starts.

Saturday's game was energetic and fast-paced, taking only two hours and six minutes to play. Manitoba - a team that never has won in Utah - scored first, but the Grizzlies answered with goals by Chris Taylor and Fred Knipscheer, taking a 2-1 lead during a wild first period that saw a combined 29 shots on goal.

Utah increased its lead in the second period on a goal by Dan Plante, who grabbed the puck off a face off, spun toward the net and fired a wrist shot that entered the goal just under the crossbar, beating Manitoba goalie Rich Parent.

In the third period, the Grizzlies put the game away with goals by Jeff Sharples and John LeBlanc in the first two minutes. Rastislav Pavlikovsky scored the final goal with 10 minutes left.

The Grizzlies now go on a five-game road trip, playing their next home game Jan. 30 against the Fort Wayne Komets.

Slap Shots: The Grizzlies announced a trade immediately following the game. Utah will send Tyler Prosofsky to Las Vegas in exchange for Darcy Loewen . . . Attendance was 10,403.