Grizzlies fall in shootout

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WEST VALLEY CITY — In a game where nothing seemed to go right, the Utah Grizzlies failed to protect their home ice Friday night a 1-0 shootout loss to the Alaska Aces at Maverik Center.

Utah goalie Igor Bobkov, who kept a shutout Wednesday night against the Aces, was hoping for the same result, but the Grizzlies fell in the shootout.

The Grizzlies started overtime down a player, but they killed off their seventh power-play of the night. Eventually, the game went to a shootout where the Aces' first two shooters found the back of the net.

"We had a ton of scoring chances but just didn't score," Utah coach Tim Branham said. "We played our game. We did what we were supposed to do."

As for Bobkov's play in the net: "Igor was great, again," Branham said.

The Aces had plenty of scoring opportunities in the second period with the Grizzlies playing short-handed three times, but they were unable to score because of Bobkov's prowess.

The Grizzlies were short-handed four more times in the third period and Bobkov didn't allow a goal.

Grizzlies get a point in the standings with loss, and they will get another crack at the Aces at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Maverik Center before hitting the road.

“Our boys will be ready," Branham said. Follow David Winkworth on Twitter @Davito23 and listen to his sports talk radio show at

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