Grizzlies stomp Steelheads in season opener

STATESMAN STAFFOctober 19, 2013 

The Idaho Steelheads had no answer for Utah Grizzlies forward Jamie MacQueen on Friday night.

MacQueen did all the scoring for the Grizzlies in a 4-2 win over Idaho in front of 7,835 fans at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, Utah.

Idaho’s next game is its home opener at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday against the San Francisco Bulls.

The first period belonged to the Grizzlies, and more specifically, MacQueen.

The Grizzlies outshot the Steelheads 21-8, and MacQueen notched two goals.

The forward’s first goal came at 3 minutes, 12 seconds. MacQueen scored a little more than 6 minutes later to give Utah the lead heading into the first intermission.

No goals were scored in the second period, but MacQueen was back at it again in the third.

He earned his hat trick at 11:31 to put Utah up 3-0.

Defenseman Ryan Button scored Idaho’s first goal of the season with 3:24 remaining in the contest.

The Steelheads might have been thinking about a late rally, but MacQueen snuffed those thoughts with his fourth goal a little more than a minute after Idaho got on the scoreboard.

MacQueen scored 10 goals in 60 games last season, when he split time between the AHL and the CHL.

Steelheads forward Tommy Grant closed out the scoring with 10 seconds remaining. Grant led Idaho with five shots on goal.

William Rapuzzi notched assists on both of Idaho’s goals in his pro debut.

Idaho goaltender Pat Nagle stopped 31-of-35 shots, while Utah goalie Igor Bobkov allowed two goals on 36 shots.

Idaho finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while Utah went 1-for-2.

NOTE: Defenseman Carl Sneep joined the team prior to the game. Sneep is a fourth-year pro who split last season between the ECHL and the AHL. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Sneep is on an ECHL contract with Idaho, but made the season-opening roster with the Iowa Wild of the AHL. He was released by Iowa and sent to the Steelheads.

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