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Utah Grizzlies: revamped Grizzlies beat Allen, 5-4

The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Allen Americans, 5-4, on Friday night at Allen Event Center.

Jake Marchment had one goal and one assist in his Utah debut as Joel Rumpel earned his first win with the Grizzlies by stopping 25 of 29.

“Our new guys all played good games. We won a lot of battles tonight,” said head coach and General Manager Tim Branham. “It was an all-around good game.”

Marchment (nine) gave Utah a 1-0 lead 14:40 into the first period as he battled in the crease and spun a puck in with Brendan Harms (two assists) and Ryan Misiak (two assists) picking up assists after Rumpel had made a save on the other end.

Utah made it 2-0, 3:57 into the second period, with Zach Saar (five) going hard to the net in his first game since Jan. 13, after missing 13-straight games injured as Rob Mann and Mitch Jones picked up assists.

Allen tied the game at 2-2 on two goals in 2:57 and then came close to taking a lead in a hockey game that stayed 2-2 for 9:51 as Utah got some big saves from Rumpel.

Michael Pelech (11) knocked in a rebound after winning a faceoff shorthanded in the final minute of the second period to give Utah a 3-2 lead after he knocked in a rebound on a Taylor Richart blast as Marchment picked up his second point of the night on an assist.

Utah built a 5-2 lead with two goals in 2:59, at 4:36 and 7:35, of the third period as Brad Navin (eight) scored on a two-on-one from Austin Ortega before Ryan Walters (21) scored on tic-tac-toe passes from Harms and Misiak.

Allen made it 5-3 just 30 seconds later and made it 5-4 with 41 seconds left as Utah held on.

Along with Marchment, Gage Ausmus, Mitch Maxwell and Sam Babintsev all made their Grizzlies debuts Friday. Pelech and Saar both returned to the lineup after more than a month injured.

The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee on Monday, Feb. 19, against Idaho at 1:30 p.m.