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Utah Grizzlies: Tulsa holds home ice against Utah

The Tulsa Oilers added a late empty-netter and defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 5-3, on Wednesday night at BOK Center.

Tulsa improves to 7-1 on the season, while Utah drops to 5-2.

Erik Higby pulled the Grizzlies within one with 6:19 left in regulation as rookie defenseman Brian Cooper led the Grizzlies ahead in his first game with Utah. Utah continued the pressure late but missed the net on its best chance in the final two minutes.

Tulsa took a 4-2 lead with a redirection off a faceoff 8:30 into the period as Jiri Frank finished off his hat trick.

Tied 1-1 after one, the Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead 2:23 into the second period on a goal by Austen Brassard as Carlos Amestoy fed him in front. Ralph Cuddemi also added an assist.

Tulsa took a 1-0 lead 5:34 into the contest before Brandon McNally tied things up on his second goal of the season as he had a wide open net after a shot deflected off a faceoff win. Mathieu Aubin and Phil Pietroniro picked up assists on the goal scored in the final five minutes of the first period.

Utah outshot Tulsa, 37-30, in the game. Goaltender Ryan Faragher (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season.

The Grizzlies continue their road trip Friday and Saturday in Wichita at 6 p.m. each night before returning to Tulsa on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Utah is home Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, to host Allen at 7 p.m. each night. Fans that buy a regular priced ticket to either of those games will receive a voucher to return to watch a game for free Friday, Nov.18 or Saturday, Nov. 19, against Adirondack.

On Friday, Nov. 11, all veterans and active military are invited to watch the game for free and can get tickets at the Maverik Center box office.

Saturday, Nov. 12, is Pooch on the Pond. Fans can bring their dog to the game and get a dog/dog owner combo ticket for $24 when purchasing in advance through the Grizzlies offices. Dog/Dog owner combo tickets will be $26 when purchased the day of the game.