Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ice trouble at the Maverik Center forces Utah Grizzlies to resume game at the Olympic Oval today

By David Winkworth, For the Deseret News

Published: Thu, April 10 7:55 a.m. MDT

WEST VALLEY CITY­­­­­ — The final meeting of the season between the Utah Grizzlies and the Las Vegas Wranglers ended up with a surprise on the ice Wednesday night at the Maverik Center.

Late in a the second period a hole was found in playing surface and caused the game to be delayed for over an hour before it was postponed. The game, which was tied at 1-1 at the time, will resume at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Olympic Oval in Kearns.

All fans are invited to attend the conclusion of the game at no charge.

The Grizzlies returned home from Stockton, Calif., after losing rare back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 17 and 19 before Wednesday's game with the Wranglers. Despite the losses, the Grizzlies have clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Things began on a rocky note for Utah Wednesday. Mathieu Aubin was hit face first into the boards early in the first period and had to be helped off the ice.

At the 11:33 mark Chris Kushneriuk found a way to get the puck past Utah goalie Aaron Dell to give the Wranglers the early 1-0 lead. Late in the first period it looked like Las Vegas was heading into the locker room up two goals until the refs called off the goal for a hand pass into the net.

Utah's Danick Paquette, who is having a career season, stepped up once again in the second period. He received a slice of a pass from David Vallorani and fired a shot blast past Wrangler goalie Travis Fullerton to tie things up with his 21st goal of the year.

As the second period wound down the problem was discovered with the ice causing a delay and postponement.

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