The Utah Grizzlies (7-5-0-1) defeated the Adirondack Thunder (7-3-1-2) on Monday evening at Maverik Center before 5,195 fans on Maverik Monday.
“Maverik Mondays are awesome,” head coach and General Manager Tim Branham said. “They are pretty close to my favorite. Screaming fans, the atmosphere; it’s just great.”
Utah built a 3-0 lead in the first 11:51 of the contest and never looked back as goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 24-of-26 to improve to 6-2-0-1.
“We got some lucky bounces tonight and we were able to capitalize,” Branham said. “I thought we were tenacious. We did a good job funneling pucks to the net and we were opportunistic. I liked the effort on that side of the puck. Faragher was sensational. He was top notch tonight. He’s a big reason we got the two points.”
Ralph Cuddemi scored two goals, Colin Martin had one goal and one assist and Evan Stoflet tallied a late empty-netter to cap off the scoring late.
Cuddemi hammered in a Martin shot 2:45 into the game to give Utah its fastest goal of the season to start the game.
Shane Walsh made it 2-0 on another rush up ice just 2:25 later at 5:10 before Cuddemi slammed in a puck at 11:51 to make it 3-0.
Utah made it 4-0 on a three-on-one as Carlos Amestoy fed Stoflet who went left to C.J. Eick for his third of the year just past the halfway point of the game.
Adirondack scored on a late second-period power play and 20 seconds after Utah made it 5-1.
“We did a good job of getting goals early and staying on top of them for most of the game,” Faragher said.