BOISE — The Utah Grizzlies again tied the game late in regulation only to fall in 4-3 a shootout to Idaho on Saturday night at Qwest Arena.
James Sixsmith fed Tony Romano for a breakaway goal with 1:07 left to make it 3-3, but Idaho's 22-year-old rookie Tony Romano, who buried the game-winning goal last night in the shootout, again came up with another big goal for Utah.
Utah (22-20-2-5) finishes their six-game road trip against the top two teams in the National Conference with a 2-1-0-3 record that saw them come from behind in five of six games, including four of six games in the third period versus Idaho and Victoria.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first and a 2-1 lead in the second period on back-to-back James Sixsmith goals before the Steelheads (34-11-0-4) tied things up in time for the second intermission and took a 3-2 lead with 3:55 gone by in the third period.
Sixsmith factored in on all Utah goals to finish with two goals and one assist.
Beau Erickson stopped 37 of 40 shots for the Grizzlies in goal through overtime.
Peter Aston gave Utah a 1-0 shootout lead, but Idaho scored in round one as well and then two and that would complete the shootout scoring.
Both teams, finished the weekend banged up, skating with just 14 skaters; two shy of the usual 16.
The Grizzlies return home Wednesday to host Victoria at 7 p.m. and begin a five-game homestand.