The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-4 in overtime Friday night at SNHU Arena.
The Grizzlies take a standings point to go to 8-1-1-2 in their last 12 games.
“We have to dig deeper, ties aren’t good enough right now,” said coach and GM Tim Branham.
Utah trailed 1-0 (4:02) and led 2-1 (7:57), 3-2 (7:45) and 4-3 (1:29) in the game where no lead would last.
Ryan Misiak’s 14th goal of the year tied the game at 1-1 in the first period, with Brendan Harms and Leibinger picking up assists.
Travis Howe (two assists) fed Mitch Maxwell (2) for Utah’s first lead with 3:55 left in the first period as Sam Babintsev (two assists) picked up an assist.
Brendan Harms (9) had a power-play goal 8:18 into the second period as he tipped home a Taylor Richart blast to give Utah a 3-2 lead.
Jake Marchment (14) gave Utah a 4-3 lead 6:37 into the third period as he took a feed from Howe on a two-on-one as Babintsev collected another assist as well.
Manchester tied it 1:29 later one a goal the Grizzlies contested, saying it was hit with a high-stick.
The Monarchs knocked in a loose puck 1:45 into overtime.
Joel Rumpel (7-1-1-2 with Utah, 18-10-1-2 overall) stopped 30 of 35 shots in the contest.
The Grizzlies and Monarchs play Saturday at 4 p.m., before Utah moves on to Worcester, Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.