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Game Day Blog Entry: October 24

10/24/2014 9:03 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies play the second of five-straight games with the Eagles and the second game in three nights with Colorado this evening. Utah and the Eagles meet tomorrow in Loveland for Colorado’s home opener. The same two teams will be back at Maverik Center for Friday and Saturday action next week. Colorado opened the season series with a  3-2 overtime win against Utah on Wednesday.

Last 2 Games
Both teams have collected points in two-straight games after they both lost their openers last Friday by a combined score of 8-2. Utah is 4-12 on the power-play the last two games and 8-8 on the penalty-kill. Danick Paquette has three assists in the last two games. Connor Hardowa has one goal and one assist.
Special Teams
Four of Utah’s seven goals have been scored on the power-play. Utah is 10-11 on the penalty-kill. Wednesday was the 8th time in team history that the Grizzlies have given up two shorthanded goals in a game.
At Home
Michael Pelech has a goal in each game at Maverik Center this year.
Utah outshot the Eagles 11-5 in the first period, but was outshot 28-16 the rest of the way. H.T. Lenz and Michael Colavecchia both made their pro debuts on Wednesday.
Charles Roussel scored in his third-straight game to start the year and leads the Grizzlies with one goal and three assists in four games. Roussel is currently second among ECHL defensemen in scoring. Last year the Grizzlies had only one defenseman in their top 11 in scoring.
Ducks Goaltenders Make Debuts
Etienne Marcoux has stopped  58 of 64 shots with a .906 save percentage and a 2.94 goals-against-average.
Ryan Faragher stopped 22 of 24 in his pro debut Saturday and 22 of his last 23 in a 3-2 win over Idaho.
First Goal, Shooting Leader
TJ Syner has four shots in each of his first three games with Utah. Syner has scored Utah’s first goal of the game in two-straight first period.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 22

10/22/2014 9:29 AM - Adrian Denny
After logging 2 assists in his first 2 pro games, rookie Alex Krushelnyski was loaned to Norfolk on Tuesday.
The Grizzlies have signed rookie Dalton Speelman out of the University of New Hampshire, who was the team’s final cut.
Utah hosts the Eagles tonight and Friday, before heading to Loveland for Colorado’s home opener Friday.
Utah finished the season 9-1 versus Colorado after losing 3-2 to the Eagles in game one of the season series on November 16 at Maverik Center last year.
The Eagles opened the season by also splitting 2 games as they were Rapid City last weekend, losing 5-1 on Friday and winning 3-2 Saturday.

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.
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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.
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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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Individual tickets for the 2014-2015 season went on sale last week. Click here for more information.
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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. 
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