The Utah Grizzlies (6-3) defeated the Wichita Thunder (4-2), 5-3, on Saturday night at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita.
Utah fell behind 1-0 early in the first period on a Wichita power-play but rebounded to score three straight to take a 3-1 second-period lead. Colin Martin (two) tied the game hacking in a rebound in front and Erik Higby (three) did the same to give Utah a 2-1 first intermission lead. Ralph Cuddemi (two) scored on a power-play breakaway in the second period to make it 3-1 Utah as goaltender Ryan Faragher got the puck moving up ice.
Wichita cut the lead to 3-2 and 4-3 as the Grizzlies made it 4-2 on the first ECHL goal by Travis Howe with 2:39 left in the second period. The Thunder trimmed the lead back to a goal with 2.7 seconds left in the second period.
Kenton Helgesen tipped in a Tim Daly shot from the point 7:24 into the third period to make it 5-3, and that would be the final.
Grizzlies goaltender Faragher improved to 5-1 in the contest as he stopped 21-of-24 shots in the game.
Utah outshot Wichita, 43-24, in the game and went 2-4 on the power-play.
Including Faragher, 11 Utah players recorded at least a point in the game. Daly (two assists), Helgesen (one goal, one assist) and Evan Stoflet (two assists) all had multiple points in the game.
The Grizzlies complete their trip Sunday in Tulsa at 3 p.m. The game will be heard on ESPN 700, ESPN700sports.com and the ESPN 700 app.
Utah is home Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 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.