David Vallorani recorded his first professional hat trick, and Jamie MacQueen scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season as the Utah Grizzlies beat the Colorado Eagles, 5-3, at the Maverik Center on Saturday night.
After losing five of six games during the team's December road trip, the Grizzlies returned to the friendly confines of the Maverik Center to score five goals on 26 shots, including four power-play goals. Utah has now recorded standings points in 10 of its 14 home games, but has somehow managed only two wins through 12 road games.
"We play well [at home]," said coach Tim Branham. "We said after the break, [this is] a new start, so we're off to a good one. We have struggled on the road and done well at home, but hopefully the second half [of the season] is different."