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Game Day Blog Entry: March 28

03/28/2015 8:54 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah beat Idaho 4-1 on Saturday, March 22 during last year’s Tribute To Military Night with a four-goal second period that also wrapped up three games in four nights.

-Danick Paquette scored two goals.
-Igor Bobkov stopped 30 of 31.
 
-The Grizzlies at 2-2 on their season-long seven-game home stand host Idaho tonight before Alaska comes to Maverik Center Friday and Saturday.
-Utah and Idaho meet for the sixth time at Maverik Center and for the 12th time overall
-Utah and Idaho wrap up their season series Wednesday, April 8 in Boise.
 
The Series So Far
-Idaho broke a 3-3 third period tie and won 5-3 Wednesday and then broke 3-3 and 4-4 third period ties Friday in a 7-4 win.
-Utah has erased 5 deficits this week at 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 Wednesday and 3-1 and 4-3 Friday; but has never led.
-Last night each team scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal.
-Utah made it 2-1 5:55 after Idaho made it 2-0 on a power-play goal and tied 54 seconds after Idaho made it 4-3 with a shorthanded goal.
 
Last Night
-Four Grizzlies had multiple-points in: Brenden Walker (one goal, one assist), Channing Boe (one goal, one assist), Connor Hardowa (two assists) and Alex Krushelnyski (one goal, one assist).
-Ryan Hayes led Utah with seven shots, Brenden Walker had six shots., Mathieu Aubin and Alex Krushelnyski each had four.
 
More Shots
-Utah has 36 shots or more in three of the last four.
-In the last three games, 54 of Utah’s 64 skaters in the lineup have recorded at least a shot on goal.
-Utah has 13 shots or more in six of the last 12 periods.
-Mathieu Aubin has 21 shots in the last four games and at least four shots in five-straight games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 27

03/27/2015 8:47 AM - Adrian Denny

1 Day’s Rest

-Utah is 8-1-0-1 at home and 12-3-1-1 over this year playing on one days rest as they return to action after Wednesday's season opener.
 
Paquette Returns
-Danick Paquette returned to the Utah lineup after missing 16-straight games on Wednesday.
 
Rookies Rolling
-H.T. Lenz has two goals and one assist in the last two games.
-Cam Wojtala has one goal and one assist in his last two.
 
Shots
-Utah has outshot their opposition in three-straight games and is 10-2 at home and 14-6-1-0 overall when outshooting the opposition.
-In the last three games, 40 of Utah’s 48 skaters in the lineup have recorded at least a shot on goal.
-Utah has 13 shots or more in five of the last nine periods.
-Utah outshot Idaho 22-17 over the final two periods Wednesday after shots were 7-6 Idaho after one.
-Cam Wojtala leads Utah with 11 shots in the last two games.
-Mathieu Aubin has 17 shots in the last four games and at least four shots in four-straight games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 25

03/25/2015 8:37 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah and Idaho meet for the fourth time at Maverik Center and for the 10th time overall.

 
Versus Idaho
-Utah is 5-3-1-0 against Idaho and 2-1 against the Steelheads at Maverik Center.
-Tim Branham is 8-2-1-1 all-time against Idaho at Maverik Center.
-Five of eight games have been decided by a goal.
 
Both Power-plays in this seasons series have been ineffective against the other team’s penalty-kill.
-Utah is 4-41 on power-play versus Idaho this year and 34-39 on the penalty-kill.
-Utah scored three of their power-play goals in a 3-for-7 effort on October 18 on the second night of the year in Idaho.
 
-Igor Bobkov is 12-3 at Maverik Center this year and 19-4-1-1 in his last 25 Maverik Center starts dating back to last season.
-Bobkov is 7-2-1-0 all-time against Idaho.
 
Playoff Picture
-The Grizzlies currently sit three points above Alaska for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division. 
-Their magic number for clinching their ninth playoff berth in the last ten seasons is 16.  
-The number will decrease by two following every Utah win and each Alaska loss.
-Alaska won 8-4 Tuesday in Bakersfield and is in Stockton Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
 
-Rookie forward Alex MacMillan has been called-up to the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk after logging 2 assists in 5 games with Utah.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 21

03/21/2015 8:54 AM - Adrian Denny

-The Grizzlies play game two of the weekend with Bakersfield after a 3-1 win Friday. 

-Utah is 31-24-5-3 with nine games left in the regular season. 
-Utah enters tonight leading Alaska by five points for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
-The Aces play tonight in Ontario after losing 5-3 to Ontario Friday and 3-1 Wednesday.
-Utah hosts Idaho next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Alaska the following weekend.
-Utah ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 70 points and is one of four Pacific Division teams in the top five in the Western Conference.
-A win tonight guarantees Utah their eighth season of .500 or better in the last 10 years.
 
Last Night
-Brenden Walker scored three goals as Utah outshot Bakersfield 28-18 over the first two periods in the 3-1 win.
-Utah improved to 5-0 in their last five games after a two-game losing streak and 5-1-1-0 overall.
-Six Grizzlies had three shots or more with Brenden Walker leading the way with five shots while Mathieu Aubin, Barry Almeida, H.T. Lenz and T.J. Syner all had four.
-Igor Bobkov stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win.
 
-Brenden Walker scored all three Utah goals last night for Utah’s second hat trick of the year after Kevin Lind scored three goals on January 9.
-Walker now has five goals and three assists with Utah in four games and also in two games against Bakersfield.
-He has scored five goals on 13 shots with the Grizzlies and five goals on nine shots against Bakersfield.
-His hat trick last night was Utah’s sixth empty-net goal this year and the most Utah has had since 2010-2011 when they had seven.
 
-Mathieu Aubin has scored in five of the last six games and in 35 of his last 47 games.
-He now leads the team with 36 assists and has 58 points on 22 goals in 63 games.
-He has 15 multiple-point games in the last 35 that he has scored in and in 15 of his last 47 games played.
-He leads Utah with 16 multiple-point games.
-Aubin has 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in 12 games against Bakersfield this year.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 20

03/20/2015 8:53 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah enters tonight leading Alaska by three points for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division.

-The Aces play tonight and tomorrow in Ontario to continue a ten-game road trip that started with a 3-1 loss in Ontario Wednesday.
-Utah hosts Idaho next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Alaska the following weekend.
-Dating back to December 10, Utah is 4-0 when on a two-game losing streak and 4-1-1-0 this year after two-straight losses. 
 
-Utah is 7-3-1-0 this year against the Condors.
-Utah has more wins against Bakersfield than any other team in the division.
-Mathieu Aubin has scored ten of his 22 goals against Bakersfield this year.
-Utah has scored five goals or more in seven of eleven games against the Condors this year.
 
Good Starts
-Utah has outscored the opposition 14-5 in the first period over the last 13 games and 14-3 before Sunday’s first period in Ontario.
 
Power-Play At Home
-Utah went 5-25 for a 20-percent clip on their previous six-game home stand that saw them go 4-2.
-Utah went 2-7 on the power-play February 6 and 7 against Bakersfield at home and 3 for 3 last Friday in the 8-3 win.
-Utah is 19 for 20 on the penalty-kill at home this year against the Condors. 
 
Scoring First/Leading After 1
-Utah is 22-5-4-2 and 12-2-1-1 at home when scoring first.
-Utah is 8-1-1-1 at home an 17-2-4-1 when leading after one period.
 
Recent Call-Ups
-Rookie defenseman Kevin Lind was recalled by the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk last week before California.
-Leading scorer Michael Pelech was called up by Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester 2 weeks ago.
 

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