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Utah Grizzlies' comeback falls short against Toledo

The Toledo Walleye defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Maverik Center as they added a late empty-netter.

“We had a pretty good game plan tonight; we stuck to it,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham.

The Grizzlies cut a 4-1 deficit to 4-3 with two goals in 2:14 in the final 3:58 of the game but were unable to get the equalizer before Toledo added the empty-netter with less than six seconds left.

“We don’t go away, that’s for sure,” said Branham. “A lot of clout comes with Toledo; now we know we can play them and we move on.”

Brad Navin, in his first game with Utah, scored two goals as he made it 2-1 in the second and 4-2 in the third period. Mathieu Aubin (eight) made it 4-3 with 1:44 left in the third as Utah scored with an extra attacker. Michael Pelech added an assist in his return to the Grizzlies as did Erik Bradford.

Erik Higby rang a post on a penalty shot with 8:19 left in regulation as Utah looked to get the game to 4-2.

Toledo made it 1-0 on a power-play goal 9:51 into the first and on an odd-man rush 8:46 into the second period as the Grizzlies held the 1-0 deficit for 19:55.

Ryan McKay dropped to 2-2 in the loss as he stopped 19-of-23 shots.