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Grizzlies: Bradford stars in 4-1 victory over Rush

Published January 7, 2017 9:47 am

Utah 4, Rapid City 1 • Forward has two goals and an assist.
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West Valley City • Utah Grizzlies forward Erik Bradford was recently named to the ECHL All-Star team and on Friday night against the Rapid City Rush, he showed why. With a pair of goals and an assist, Bradford dazzled the crowd and led the charge as Utah registered a comeback win against its division rivals, defeating the Rush 4-1.

"We're starting to come together as a team and we're coming together at the right time," Bradford said. "I thought we played really well tonight, and these are big games that we need to win if we're going to climb back in the standings."

It took Utah a while to figure out Rush goaltender Adam Morrison, but the Grizzlies finally tallied a pair of goals late in the second period to establish a lead. With Utah trailing by one, Morrison failed to secure a rebound from a Michael Pelech shot and Bradford simply slid the puck into the back of the exposed net to tie the contest. Shortly after, a one-man disadvantage proved no problem for Ralph Cuddemi, who flashed athleticism, deking a defender and beating Morrison glove-side high to give Utah the lead.



Any thought Rapid City had of a comeback was thwarted by the duo of Bradford and Cuddemi in the third period as each scored his second goal of the night.

Although the Grizzlies controlled the puck for the majority of the first period and outshot the Rush 10-7, they found themselves trailing by a goal and were fortunate the deficit wasn't greater. Rapid City took an early lead on its second shot of the contest when a two-on-one developed. Nicholas Miglio found the back of the net off an assist by Michael Young that caught Utah goalie Troy Redmann out of position. Shortly after, Utah had to stave off successive penalties, including a five-on-three that lasted one minute in which Redmann made some spectacular saves, including grabbing a rifled puck out of midair.

"The boys are confident and are playing with some swagger right now," Utah coach Tim Branham said. "Things are looking good for us and we need to continue to build." —

ECHL standings

Eastern Conference

North GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Manchester 33 21 9 1 2 45 125 101

Brampton 32 19 10 1 2 41 123 114

Reading 32 18 12 1 1 38 113 95

Adirondack 30 16 9 2 3 37 101 90

Wheeling 30 16 12 2 0 34 101 91

Elmira 30 7 18 5 0 19 72 110

South GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Florida 32 22 7 1 2 47 117 94

Orlando 34 18 10 4 2 42 125 116

So Carolina 31 18 11 1 1 38 98 80

Greenville 32 17 13 2 0 36 101 106

Cincinnati 32 15 13 4 0 34 92 91

Atlanta 34 14 15 4 1 33 120 132

Norfolk 32 8 20 4 0 20 78 120

Western Conference

Central GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Toledo 31 24 6 0 1 49 126 87

Tulsa 38 20 15 3 0 43 111 111

Ft Wayne 31 19 9 3 0 41 121 95

Quad City 32 18 12 0 2 38 94 91

Kalamazoo 33 13 17 0 3 29 84 115

Wichita 29 11 16 1 1 24 78 106

Indy 32 9 20 1 2 21 80 124

Mountain GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Idaho 34 20 11 2 1 43 116 104

Allen 35 20 13 1 1 42 128 95

Colorado 33 19 10 1 3 42 108 99

Alaska 32 18 9 1 4 41 106 93

Missouri 33 13 15 1 4 31 97 112

Utah 33 13 17 2 1 29 95 117

Rapid City 32 10 16 6 0 26 94 115

Friday's games

Adirondack 4, Reading 2

South Carolina 3, Greenville 0

Kalamazoo 5, Brampton 2

Norfolk 4, Elmira 1

Florida 3, Manchester 1

Wheeling 6, Toledo 0

Atlanta 5, Tulsa 3

Cincinnati 4, Quad City 0

Missouri 5, Wichita 4, OT

Utah 4, Rapid City 1

Orlando 4, Colorado 3

Idaho 4, Alaska 1

Saturday's games

South Carolina at Greenville, 3 p.m.

Adirondack at Reading, 5 p.m.

Manchester at Florida, 5 p.m.

Brampton at Toledo, 5:15 p.m.

Elmira at Norfolk, 5:15 p.m.

Quad City at Fort Wayne, 5:30 p.m.

Indy at Allen, 6:05 p.m.

Wichita at Missouri, 6:05 p.m.

Rapid City at Utah, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Colorado, 7:05 p.m.

Alaska at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.

 

 

 

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