Game Day Blog
Game Day Blog Entry: October 18
10/18/2014 3:25 PM - Adrian Denny
It’s common for a talented team to come out and be a little off on Opening Night. Utah beat Idaho 4-0 last year to start the season before Idaho quickly rebounded. In 2011, Utah lost 4-1 to Idaho at home on Opening Night and rebounded the next night to beat the Steelheads 3-2 in Boise as they proceeded to roll off seven-straight wins.
Rookie Alex Krushelnyski, the last player signed by Tim Branham before training camp had four shots and assisted on Utah’s only goal in his pro debut.
Utah had plenty of chances in last night’s 3-1 loss, the game was 2-0 Idaho for over 42 minutes and the Grizzlies had four power-plays during that time, including a five-minute major after Danick Paquette was boarded. Idaho goaltender Olivier Roy was the story of the night stopping 30 of 31 shots as the Grizzlies had plenty of quality scoring chances.
Tim Branham will go back with the same lineup of skaters tonight as the team looks to redeem themselves after last night’s loss in front of the largest Opening Night crowd in the ECHL of 7,963 and the Grizzlies largest Opening Night in 13 years.
Utah hasn’t been 0-2 since 2008.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 17
10/17/2014 9:53 AM - Adrian Denny
Whether it be Etienne Marcoux in goal tonight or Ryan Faragher, both will be making their professional debuts. Both are under contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
This is the fourth-straight season and the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Grizzlies and Steelheads have opened the season against each other.
Utah is 5-1 in their last six season openers going back to 2008.
Utah has won two-straight season openers against Idaho after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Steelheads at Maverik Center to open the 2011-2012 season. Utah won 4-0 last year and 5-3 the year before in Boise.
The Grizzlies have had a Grizzlies player get a hat trick on two-straight opening nights. Riley Armstrong in 2012 and Jamie MacQueen with four goals in 2013.
Final Summer Blog Entry: September 5
09/05/2014 1:03 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies next signing announced next week will be a defenseman who has won three Kelly Cups and one Calder Cup in the AHL. In addition, a rookie defenseman who served as a captain during his junior and senior year of college will be announced.
Keeping along with a Tim Branham trend of building around character people, the Grizzlies are again loaded with players who served as captains during their college careers.
One player currently announced and under an ECHL contract with the Grizzlies has already been invited to an NHL camp to start later this month.
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Tickets are on sale for the Grizzlies preseason game on Saturday, October 11 in Logan. The Grizzlies will skate for the first time on October 6 with details forthcoming.
Summer Blog Entry: August 22-September 4
08/22/2014 2:03 PM - Adrian Denny
Here is the Utah roster that has been announced so far with contracts being approved by the ECHL.
Utah Coach Tim Branham is feeling very good about what has transpired for the Grizzlies so far this summer.
A player that will be announced in September played 2 games with Utah after college last season. The team has also added another goaltender who played against Utah after finishing college at the end of the season. Again, these will all be announced coming up.
More teases will follow pending contracts being approved by the ECHL. 3 contracts are in the mail.
The team will unveil their 20th season in Utah logo on Monday.
The Grizzlies office took the Ice Bucket Challenge last week after being challenged by Head Coach/GM Tim Branham.
Coach Branham continues to recruit while also spending two weeks in England working with local youth players and the Telford Tigers, whom the Grizzlies recently partnered with.
Summer Blog Entry: August 8-21
08/08/2014 1:10 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies re-signed Michael Pelech on Thursday, he will go from number 33 to 23 this year.
Utah's next two signings will be a point-a-game rookie forward out of college and a puck moving defenseman who played two games in the AHL following college in 2012-2013 and spent the last year in Europe.
A Western Conference affiliation change occurred on Tuesday when Colorado announced an affiliation with Calgary. The Flames spent the last year in Alaska after Utah flipped to the Ducks in August of 2013.
Grizzbee will be at the Salt Lake Bees game tonight celebrating their mascot Bumble’s birthday.
Keep watching Facebook for more 20th season clues/surprises for 2014-2015. You can like us on Facebook at facebook.com/utahgrizzliesfanpage. Is there also a 20th anniversary logo in store?
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The blog will return on August 22, as scheduled vacation time kicks in.