Grizzlies nab berth in playoffs

Mar 18 2012 - 9:23pm

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STOCKTON, Calif. -- The Utah Grizzlies split a two-game series with the Stockton Thunder over the weekend, winning 5-2 on Saturday night at Stockton Arena to clinch their fifth-straight ECHL playoff berth before a 4-2 loss Sunday afternoon.

Winners of five of their last seven games, the Grizzlies got goals from Mitch Wahl and Colin Vock in the third period to put Saturday night's game away.

Utah never trailed in the contest, taking a 2-0 lead on power-play goals and finishing with three five-on-five scores.

Jimmy Spratt stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn the win in goal.

On Sunday, the Grizzlies again started strong with a 2-0 lead, only to squander the advantage by the end of the first period.

Stockton made it 3-2 shortly after the puck dropped in the second and scored again in the third for some breathing room.

The Grizzlies outshot Stockton 18-9 in the final period, but Stockton goaltender and Edmonton Oilers prospect Olivier Roy was dominant. All told, Roy stopped 38 of 40 shots.

Utah stays on the road to face the Idaho Steelheads in Boise on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies return home to host Colorado Friday and Saturday for the final home games of the regular season.

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