MILWAUKEE — The Utah Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Admirals renewed old rivalries as the Grizzlies looked to win a game against the Admirals for just the second time in eight meetings and did so, 3-2, in overtime behind Greg Hawgood's OT goal.
The first period was pretty routine until the final minute, when some chippy play led to several penalties. It set the stage for the final 40 minutes, which were extremely competitive. In the first period the Grizz outshot Admirals 9-6.
The Admirals started the scoring in the second period with a power play after the flurry of calls that ended the first period and capitalized when Denny Lambert beat Mike Smith. Utah added a power play goal of its own by Dylan Gyori, his fifth goal of the season. Utah's Dan Jancevski made a little personal history in giving Utah the lead later in the second period when he beat Jan Lasak from center ice for his first ever professional goal. Utah led 2-1 after two periods.
Nobody scored in the final period until less than two minutes remained when a blast from Alex Ryazantsev fooled Smith from the blueline, tying the game at 2-2 and sending it to overtime.
In overtime, Darren Haydar took a tripping penalty that led to a Utah power play, and the troops produced when Hawgood threw a shot toward the net and it hit traffic in front, getting by Lasak. Hawgood tied for the league lead among defensemen in points.