The Toledo Walleye defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 5-2, on Saturday night at Maverik Center as they added a late empty-netter after the Grizzlies cut the deficit to 4-2 with 1:14 left.
“Early in the game we didn't play well enough,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham. “We had a hard time defending the rush and bad things happened. There are little things going on that we have to fix. I thought we played well yesterday; today not so much. We have to be sure to rectify that."
Toledo took a 1-0 lead 1:34 into the contest and never looked back in a game where the Grizzlies trying to get some momentum clanged two posts and missed a net on a two-on-one.
The Walleye led 2-0 going into the second period and made it 3-0 on a power-play goal 1:54 into the third period. After making it 4-0 on their second four-on-four of the contest, Ryan McKay replaced Troy Redmann.
Utah got on the board with 8:44 left in regulation on Ralph Cuddemi’s fifth goal of the season and his first in the last 13 games as Jon Puskar and Johnny McInnis picked up assists.
The Grizzlies made it 4-2 on Brad Navin’s third goal in three games since joining the Grizzlies after being signed on Monday. Alexandre Carrier and Mike Banwell drew the helpers.
McKay stopped the final 18 shots after Branham made the change following two goals on odd-man rushes, a power-play marker and a deflected puck that ruined the chance for Redmann to have a second-straight solid outing for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies complete their six-game home stand Wednesday at 7 p.m.