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Utah Grizzlies grab 5-4 victory over Thunder

WEST VALLEY CITY — The Utah Grizzlies scored a 5-4 victory over the Stockton Thunder in a high-scoring ECHL clash Tuesday night at the E-Center.

In a game that went back and forth, Utah (25-21-2-5) took a 2-0 lead 6:04 into the game as Tom May (16) and Ryan Kinasewich (33) scored for Utah. May ended an eight-game scoreless drought as Ryan Kinasewich, in his return after two weeks in the AHL, got his three-point night started. Stockton, though, battled back to tie the game at 2-2 for the first intermission and took its first lead of the night at 3-2 3:13 into the second period.

Utah countered with its first of two power-play goals on the night as Peter Aston fired a puck in from the left-wing circle at 7:53 of the second period. Kinasewich and James Sixsmith picked up assists. Utah took a 4-3 lead with 58 seconds left in the middle frame as the Grizzlies got up the ice in transition and AJ Perry, from the corner, fed Sixsmith (15) in front of the net for the goal.

The Grizzlies were unable to hold the lead, however, as Daryl Marcoux fired in the puck from the point at 5:47 of the third period. Utah responded 1:01 later at 6:48 of the final period as Lance Galbraith redirected home an Aston shot on the power-play to give Utah a 5-4 lead that would stand.

Utah completes its five-game home stand tonight when it hosts Stockton again. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.