UTAH WRESTLES BULLS
UTAH OUTLIERS 1, PUEBLO BULLS 5 (FEB 2)
UTAH OUTLIERS 7, PUEBLO BULLS 1 (FEB 3)
On Saturday, the Outliers were looking for revenge against the Bulls. The two teams were back at the Acord Ice Center and Utah was looking forward to the opportunity to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd.
It didn't take long to see that the Outliers were ready to play on this night as they displayed a tremendous amount of energy from the drop of the puck. The team established an intense forecheck early which gave the Bulls a lot of trouble in exiting their zone.
It didn't take long for Utah to make an offensive statement in this contest as the team got on the board just a few minutes into the game. Garrett Joss collected the puck deep in the Bulls zone and took the puck hard to the net where he made a backdoor pass to Carson Strapon who tapped it in the back of the open cage.
The Outliers added their second goal of the evening with just over three minutes remaining in the opening period to earn a 2-0 lead. Utah forward, Michael Schwartz grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, drove down the right side of the ice into the Bulls zone, and took the puck hard to the net. Schwartz's shot on goal was initially stopped by the Pueblo netminder but Daniil Chuparnov was there to bang home the rebound.
Just over a minute later, Utah defenseman Connor Mariner scored the club's third goal of the period when he was left all alone at the side of the Bulls net. Mariner fired his shot top shell to give the home team a commanding 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, Utah was adding to their offensive onslaught when just a minute into the frame, forward Makar Klochkov banged home a rebound off a point shot to give Utah a 4-0 lead.
At the 7:02 mark, it was Garrett Joss and Carson Strapon connecting once again to give the home team a 5-0 lead. Joss gained control of the puck in the Bulls zone and rolled up high to the blue line where he released a shot that was deflected into the net by Strapon.
Utah notched its sixth goal at the 9:35 mark off a quick transition play in the neutral zone. Garrett Joss entered the Pueblo zone and dished a pass to Makar Klochkov who drove to the net and put a shot on goal. Joss would sprint to the net after his pass and tap in the rebound.
The third period had both teams adding one goal each. The Bulls scored off a nifty entry play while on playing the power play to ruin Philip Rondina's shutout attempt. Utah's Carson Strapon completed the scoring for the game when he fired a quick shot off an offensive zone face-off. This goal would give Strapon a hat trick and earn himself the 1st star of the game.
The Outliers delivered a dominant performance to earn a well-deserved 7-1 victory. Utah outshot the Bulls by a margin of 37-22.