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Utah Grizzlies: Utah beats Kalamazoo, 6-3

The Utah Grizzlies (32-22-3-2) defeated the Kalamazoo Wings, 6-3, on Monday evening at Wings Events Center.

Utah scored four straight to erase a 2-1 deficit after one period as it got goals from six different players, with 10 players collecting at least a point and four skaters totaling multiple-points.

“I thought we played a good game,” head coach and General Manager Tim Branham said. “We had a really good effort by everyone.”

Utah tied the game at one 25 seconds after falling behind 1-0, 3:01 into the contest on Alex Krushelnyski’s team leading 23rd goal of the season from Bryan Moore and Charles Sarault. The Wings made it 2-1 at 7:09 and held that lead after one period despite Utah outshooting them, 16-11.

The Grizzlies tied the game at two 1:47 into the second period as Eric Knodel picked up a turnover in front of the line and rolled to T.J. Syner for his 10th of the season. Utah took its first lead of the night 6:39 into the second period as Cody Ferriero walked Utah into the zone and dropped to Marc Cantin who clanged in his third of the season as Syner picked up an assist.

Utah scored early in the third period as Erik Higby took the puck away from Kalamazoo goaltender Joel Martin and fed Ryan Hayes (four) who had a wide open tap in at 1:47 of the third.

The Grizzlies made it 5-2 on a power-play goal by Barry Almeida (21) as he went top shelf from on top of the crease from Syner again as he and Cantin capped off their one goal and two assist nights.

After Kalamazoo got one back, Ryan Hayes fed Higby (12) skating through the slot in transition and that capped the scoring. Mark Owuya stopped 18 of the last 19 he saw and 24-of-27 in goal to earn the win for Utah.

The Grizzlies complete their seven-game road stretch Tuesday in Kalamazoo. Faceoff is at 5 p.m.