Joe Garreffa picks up four points and Ethan Stewart’s first pro goal is a game winner in 6-5 track meet victory

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT — The Oilers topped the Grizzlies 6-5 at the Maverik Center on Saturday night.  

Duggie Lagrone gave the Oilers 1-0 lead 1:48 into the action, finishing a snap shot off a deft feed from newcomer Joe GarreffaGarreffa followed up with a goal of his own in his debut, driving home a feed from Adam Pleskach that came from behind the net 10:55 into the first period. Mason Mannek made it 2-1 15:15 in, banking the puck off the back of Daniel Mannella on the power play. Mannek followed up 1:31 later, redirecting a left-point shot from Nathan Clurman, knotting the game 2-2.

Trey Bradley gave Utah its first lead of the game 40 seconds into the second period, tipping a blast from Luke Martin through Mannella’s five hole. Alex Gilmour tied the game 3-3 2:01 later, jumping on a Grizzlies’ mistake before slamming the puck past Peyton Jones. Jackson Leef restored the Oilers’ lead, corralling his own rebound before wristing the puck inside the catcher-side post of Jones. Austin Crossley tied the game 4-4 with a slap shot 11:36 into the second. Garreffa deposited his second goal of the game 15:43 into the second, slapping home a rebound off Jones’ mask, giving the Oilers power-play goals in five of their last six outings.

Ethan Stewart sniped Jones with three minutes remaining, bringing the Oilers ahead 6-4. The goal was Stewart’s first professional goal, and the eventual game winner. Benjamin Tardif made things interesting, scoring off a right-circle blast with 15 seconds remaining in a six-on-five scenario.

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