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Utah Grizzlies skate to victory over Condors

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WEST VALLEY CITY — The Utah Grizzlies scored the game's final four goals to come back from a 1-0 deficit and defeat the Bakersfield Condors 4-1 on Wednesday night at Maverik Center.

Utah goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 23-of-24 Bakersfield shots in the game to improve to 9-3-2-1.

"I thought it was one of our better games this year, no question," said Grizzlies head coach Kevin Colley. "I was very happy with the effort tonight and the execution. Everyone was emotionally in it and it was a great game.

"It was a good game to come back home here and show we can score some power-play goals with five-on-five goals and the guys did a great job."

Utah (17-9-3-1) outshot Bakersfield 17-6 in the first period and 40-24 in the game, but fell behind 1-0 just 4:55 into the contest.

The Grizzlies then tied the game with 2:19 left in the first frame. Tim Crowder scored his 10th goal of the year as he stole the puck from Bakersfield goaltender Josh Tordjman in the circle as Tordjman came out to play the puck. Crowder then snuck behind Tordjman and buried the puck into an open net.

Utah built a 3-1 second intermission lead as the Grizzlies scored on back-to-back power-plays 6:54 apart. Tom May scored from the side of the net just 27 seconds into Utah's second power-play of the game at 2:28. Matt Sorteberg then made it 3-1 as Utah scored just 25 seconds into that special teams situation.

It was the second goals of the season for both May and Sorteberg.

Brent Gauvreau's third goal of the year 11:27 into the third period made it 4-1, as he pushed through the circle and buried the puck into the net. Linemates Kevin Deeth (two assists) and May (one goal, one assist) each earned multiple-point games on the play. Gauvreau also had an assist in the game.

Utah continues the home stand Friday at 6:05 p.m. and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Victoria.