The Kalamazoo Wings won their fourth-straight game defeating the Utah Grizzlies (31-22-3-2), 5-4, in overtime Saturday in Kalamazoo as Utah takes a standings point.
The Grizzlies earned a point in the final game of three games in four days, while the Wings returned to action for the first time since Monday after sweeping three games in Orlando as they battle for a playoff spot.
The Wings emotional victory came on "We Are Kalamazoo" Night as the Grizzlies and Wings paid tribute of the recent shootings in the town throughout the night.
The Grizzlies came back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in the first two periods before Kalamazoo tied the contest in the third period and won in overtime on Dane Fox’s fourth goal of the contest 2:57 into the extra frame.
Utah tied the contest at one 28 seconds after falling behind 1-0 on Charles Sarault’s 16th goal of the season 9:50 into the first period with Mike Ratchuk and Alex Krushelnyski registering assists.
A power-play goal from T.J. Syner made the contest 2-2 with 1:25 left in the second period with Bryan Moore and Cody Ferriero drawing assists. The Wings took a 3-2 lead going to the third period as they got the lead back with one second left in the frame.
Again, Utah tied things up with Ferriero’s second goal in two games and his 13th of the season as he knocked in a puck in the crease after Moore won a battle along the wall and Shayne Taker sent the puck in.
Utah took its first lead of the night 4:42 into the third period as Krushelnyski’s team leading 22nd goal of the year on a three-on-one assisted by Barry Almeida and Sarault made it 4-3. The Wings erased the game’s fourth lead at 9:27, and that would force overtime.
The Grizzlies drew a power-play in the final moments of regulation but were unable to cash in.
Ryan Faragher stopped 26-of-31 shots in goal for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies complete their seven-game road stretch Monday and Tuesday in Kalamazoo. Faceoff for each game is at 5 p.m.