WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – After exploding for four goals in the first ten minutes of the game, it sure looked like the Utah Grizzlies were going to even up the Western Conference Finals against Toledo at two games a piece.
But then the wheels fell off, as the Walleye rallied to tie the game at four, and won it on goal by Clint Martenet in overtime, 5-4.
Utah now trails the series 3-1, with a must-win game 5 set for Saturday night at the Maverik Center.
Trey Bradley got Utah on the board 10:05 in in the first period. 23 seconds later, Tarun Fizer made it 2-0. Tyler Penner scored on a centering pass from Dakota Raabe 14:14 into the period. Zach Tsekos gave Utah a commanding 4-0 lead with 1:13 left in the first.
But Toledo, the top team in the regular season, controlled the action the rest of the way. Blake Hillman and Branden Hawkins scored for the Walleye to cut the Grizzlies lead in half going into the final period.
Patrick Curry then cut the lead to 4-3, and Brett McKenzie stole all the energy out of the Maverik Center with a game-tying goal with less than two minutes left in regulation, as Toledo rallied to send the game into overtime.
Then five minutes into OT, Martenet blasted in a shot from just inside the blue line past Grizzlies goalie Peyton Jones to stun the crowd of 6,629 at the Maverik Center.
Toledo has won three in a row after Utah won 5-4 in overtime in game 1. The winning team in each game of the series has scored exactly 5 goals.
Utah must now win Saturday at home and two games next week at Toledo to move on to its first Kelly Cup Finals.