With the Utah Grizzlies carrying a 3-1 lead into the second period of play in Saturday's matchup with the Rapid City Rush, an issue with the ice surface that threatened player safety halted play, postponing the remainder the game to Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Jon Puskar scored twice in the first period, with the first coming two minutes and 55 seconds into the opening period.
The Grizzlies lead went to 2-0 when Ryan Olsen pocketed a loose rebound in front of the Rush net on a scramble a little under two minutes later.
Peter Sivak cut the Utah lead in half shortly after Olsen’s tally to get his team on the board when he took a loose puck to the short side of Kevin Carr’s net in the Utah zone and ripped a shot over his shoulder.
Puskar got the last word in the first when he deflected a Charley Graaskamp wrister to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 advantage heading into the second.
Before the start of the second period, as the zambonis re-surfaced the ice, a groove formed as a result of a zamboni pass that came roughly three feet off of the boards.
The Maverik Center ice crew, with the help of the game’s officials, worked during a delay of over an hour to repair the ice and bring it back to a safe standard, but a short time later, it was determined by the officiating crew that the game would be postponed in the interest of player safety.
In addition to Sunday’s game, the Rush (8-21-0-0) will play the Grizzlies tonight in their regularly scheduled game, with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.