NorCal Ice Raiders topped Utah Spiders 11-7 at Maverik Center to spoil their host’s home opener. Josiah Nikkel scored three goals for the Ice Raiders while Chris Walker scored three for the Spiders.
The Spiders welcomed fans to their new arena by scoring the first goal of the game at 14:23. Walker did the honors. Nikkel evened the game for the Ice Raiders at 9:27 then Brandon Bronze put them ahead at 5:28. Walker tied the game for the Spiders at 4:59.
The teams exchanged goals early in the second period with Nikkel and Kurtis Klinger scoring for NorCal and Erik Soderlund and Cody Thomson scoring for the Spiders. The Ice Raiders opened a gap with late goals by Nikkel, Chris Whitten, and Craig Harrison.
NorCal opened the third period with a goal by Harrison followed by a Spiders response by Josiah Vergar. NorCal got two more from Nikkel and Simon LeBleu before Walker closed the scoring for the Spiders at 4:30.