Game Day Blog

Game Day Blog Entry: January 24

01/24/2015 9:49 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation

-The Grizzlies return to Maverik Center where they are unbeaten in nine of their last 12 games at 8-3-0-1.
-The Grizzlies host Bakersfield tonight and then meet Bakersfield again Friday in California.
-Utah is 3-2-1-0 in six games against the Condors this year, five of the games have been played in Bakersfield.
-The road team has won four of the last five contests.
-Utah had a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped last night at 5-0-1-1 and lost for the first time since January 7. 
-Utah is 7-3-2-1 in their last 13 games and they have leapt over Bakersfield and Alaska in the standings and into the fourth playoff spot. 
-Utah leads the Condors by two points in the Pacific and Alaska by ten.
 
Back
-TJ Syner returned to the Utah lineup for the first time since November 19 last night and scored a goal in his return after missing 26-straight games
 
When Do We Play Bakersfield Again?
-Newly acquired Grizzlies forward Ryan Hayes 10 games against Bakersfield with Stockton before being acquired on January 16 and had two goals and five assists for seven points.
-He has four assists for Utah in three games against Bakersfield.
-So far 13 of his 41 games this year have been against Bakersfield and four of the Grizzlies next six games are also against the Condors.
 
January 
-Utah is 6-3-1-1 in January after going 9-2-2-2 last year in January.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 23

01/23/2015 10:15 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation

-The Grizzlies return to Maverik Center where they are unbeaten in nine of their last 11 games and welcome in Bakersfield for the Condors first visit since last year’s playoffs.
-The Grizzlies host Bakersfield tonight and tomorrow before heading back to California next week.
-The Grizzlies host the Condors after playing the first five games of the season series in California and going 3-1-1-0.
-The Grizzlies return from the All-Star Break Friday with a seven-game unbeaten streak at 5-0-1-1 since January 9. 
-Utah is 7-2-2-1 in their last 12 games and they have leapt over Bakersfield and Alaska in the standings and into the fourth playoff spot. 
-Utah leads the Condors by four points in the Pacific and Alaska by ten.
 
Finally Home
-After being on the road for six of the last seven weekend series, the Grizzlies will finish the year with eight of the final ten weekends at home.
-The Grizzlies will play 18 of the final 32 games this year at home.
 
Transactions
-Goaltender Igor Bobkov was returned to the Grizzlies during the break by the Anaheim Ducks.
-The team has also signed defenseman Ray Macias, 2005 draft pick of Colorado who has appeared in seven NHL games.
-He played for Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham in Reading in 2011-2012.
-He has appeared in 178 AHL games with Lake Erie, Springfield and Toronto and 51 ECHL games with Reading and Johnstown.
 
All-Star
-Grizzlies rookie Alex Krushelnyski was named the Grizzlies representative at the ECHL All-Star game in Orlando Wednesday and scored a goal as the ECHL beat Orlando 8-4.
-He also won the Fastest Skater Competition and finished with the 3rd best time in ECHL History.
-Krushelnyski is 9th in the ECHL in rookie scoring with eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 31 games.
-He has been held without a point in two-straight games for only the second time this year.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 19

01/19/2015 9:47 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation

-The Grizzlies return home after going 3-0-1-0 through Boise and California last week in a four-game in five-night stretch to run their unbeaten streak to a season-high six games at 5-0-1-0.
-The Grizzlies are 7-2-2-0 in their last 11 contests as they once again begin to roll after Christmas.
-The Grizzlies host Ontario in one of two home day games on the year tonight before the All-Star break and returning home Friday and Saturday to host Bakersfield.
-Utah has scored the game’s first goal in five of the six games during their current unbeaten streak.
 
Maverik Center Debuts Today
-Ryan Hayes, Corey Fienhage, Brandon Yip and Steve MacIntyre will all make their home debuts today after joining the Grizzlies on their just completed road trip.
-Fienhage was acquired from Michael Colavecchia last week and scored an empty-net goal against his former team to seal the Grizzlies 5-2 win in Bakersfield Friday as the Condors looked to tie late.
-Fienhage and Hayes both finished tied for the team lead with Jacob Johnston with plus-threes in their first week with Utah.
-Ryan Hayes had two assists both Friday and Saturday after being acquired from Stockton Friday morning for Vinny Scarsella.
-With 174 games of NHL experience with Colorado, Nashville and Phoenix, Brandon Yip tallied one goal and two assists in his Grizzlies debuts Friday and Saturday after being assigned from Anaheim’s AHL affiliate Norfolk Thursday.
-Steve MacIntyre with 91 games of NHL experience and nearly 700 pro games overall made his Grizzlies debut Saturday after being assigned by the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
 
Grizzlies Versus Ontario
-The Grizzlies and Reign have played four one-goal games to start their season series as they meet for the sixth time today and the fourth at Maverik Center.
-Utah took two of three from Ontario at Maverik Center November 14-17 and fell 2-1 to Ontario in California December 12.
-Last year three of the four games between the two teams were decided by a goal with two going to shootouts.
 
At Home
-Maverik Center has once again become one of the toughest buildings in the league to play in with Utah now having won eight of their last 10 games at home.
 
The Goaltender
-With Igor Bobkov, in the AHL with the Anaheim Ducks, AHL affiliate in Norfolk, rookie Ducks prospect Ryan Faragher has taken over and improved his record to 10-6-2-0 on the season.
-During the Grizzlies six-game unbeaten streak, Faragher is also 5-0-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage.
-Faragher has allowed two goals or less in 12 of 18 starts this year, including five of the last six games during the six-game unbeaten streak.
-Faragher has allowed only nine five-on-five goals in the last six games, the other five have been scored on the power-play.
 
Michael Pelech
-Michael Pelech has a seven-game scoring streak (three goals, six assists) and continues to average a point-a-game with 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points in 39 games.
-He is tied for sixth in the ECHL in scoring and is tied with Brock Nixon of Colorado for the Pacific Division lead in scoring.
-He had a season-high eight-game scoring streak November 22-December 10 with three goals and eight assists.
 
New Line
-After being assembled Friday following the transactions. the line of Barry Almeida (three goals, one assist), Ryan Hayes (four assists) and Brandon Yip (one goal, two assists) has combined to score four goals and dish out seven assists.
 
The 3rd Line
-Led by Danick Paquette with two goals, four assists and four fights in his last eight games, the Grizzlies line of Paquette, Johnnie Searfoss and Cam Wojtala has been productive as well.
-Wojtala is fifth on Utah in scoring with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 18 games since December 10.
-Johnnie Searfoss has two multiple-point games in the last six.
 
All-Star
-Grizzlies rookie Alex Krushelnyski was named an ECHL All-Star Thursday for Wednesday’s event in Orlando.
-Krushelnyski is tied for 10th in the ECHL in rookie scoring with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 30 games.
-He has been held without a point in two-straight games for only the second time this year.
 
Power-Play
-The Grizzlies have two power-play goals in three of their last six games during the unbeaten streak and are 7-24 during that stretch converting at 29.1-percent.
-Utah had previously not had two power-play goals in a game since November 14.
 
The Standings
-After entering business on December 29 10 points out of a playoff spot, the Grizzlies have gone 7-2-2-0 and gained 13 points on Bakersfield in the standings to take sole possession of fourth place in the Pacific Division. 
-Not only is Utah currently firmly entrenched into a playoff position for the first time this year, they only trail Colorado and Ontario by eight points for second and third place in the standings and Idaho by ten points in the standings.
 
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 17

01/17/2015 1:01 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look for seven of a possible eight points on this four game in five night road trip tonight as they enter tonight in sole possession of fourth place in the Pacific Division for the first time this year, which currently has them in playoff position. Utah is 4-0-0-1 since last Wednesday’s frustrating 5-3 loss to the Aces at home.

Meanwhile, Alaska has gone 0-3-1-0 since that game.

Steve Macintyre, assigned by the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk, will wear number 74 for tonight only and then switch to number 33.
The Grizzlies have scored five or more goals in three of four games in Bakersfield and in the four games this year that they have scored five or more goals, three of them have been played against the Condors.
 
Utah has gotten off to some really good starts this year at Rabobank Arena. They have led 2-0 after one period in two of their last three games and have scored eight goals in four first periods this season here.
 
The Condors though have been known for their late rallies all year in the ECHL. They have scored seven third period goals in four games against Utah, but the Grizzlies have managed to still go 2-1-1-0 against Bakersfield this season with all four games so far being played at Rabobank Arena.
 
Last night was a rare night where Mathieu Aubin, Michael Pelech and Alex Krushelnyski didn’t score a goal, but the line of Barry Almeida, Brandon Yip and Ryan Hayes got the Grizzlies first two scores, before Danick Paquette, Johnnie Searfoss and Cam Wojtala made it 3-0 in the second period.
 
Ryan Faragher made a season-high 36 saves last night including 16 in the first period and nine-straight to finish the game after the Condors made it 3-2 in the third.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 16

01/16/2015 12:40 PM - Adrian Denny

Ryan Hayes, acquired from Stockton, made the 4 hour drive to Bakersfield to join the Grizzlies in time for morning skate, he will wear number eleven. While Tim Branham has pointed out Hayes’ scoring ability in big games and in the playoffs, this morning on “Monty in the Morning” on 1320 KFAN he also detailed what a great locker room guy he is for his teammates. 

 
Brandon Yip, assigned by Norfolk and a veteran of 174 NHL games, flew into Bakersfield last night and will wear number 13 for the Grizzlies. Both newcomers will be in action tonight.
 
The Grizzlies have played their two highest scoring games of the season in three games against Bakersfield as the two teams meet for the fourth time on the regular season tonight. Bakersfield beat Utah 6-5 in overtime on November 29 in a game that saw seven goals in the first period. On December 13, Utah held on for the 6-4 win against the Condors.
 
Tonight is the first of four games over the next nine nights between the Grizzlies and Condors who will meet again tomorrow in Bakersfield and host the Condors next Friday and Saturday. Tonight starts seven of their next ten games against Bakersfield over the next three weeks and four weekends.
 
Utah (16-15-4-2) and Bakersfield (17-16-1-4) are separated by just a point in the standings with Utah holding a game in hand for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division so it is a huge stretch. Alaska has lost three-straight to drop six points behind the Grizzlies.
 
Michael Pelech has moved into seventh in the ECHL in scoring with 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 37 games. Pelech enters tonight with a five-game scoring streak with three goals and four assists.
 
Mathieu Aubin has two goals each in two of three games against Bakersfield this year.
 
In three of the last four games, the Grizzlies have 32 shots or more and have allowed 27 shots or less.
 

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