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Game Day Blog Entry March 17, 2018

03/17/2018 8:31 AM - Adrian Denny

With another point, Utah now stands at 8-1-1-2 (.791 winning percentage) in their last 12 games.

Utah is now unbeaten at 5-0-1-1 in their last seven road games.
The Grizzlies scored four goals or more for another team record tenth-straight game, even without Austin Ortega, in their first game since he was recalled Monday.
Utah got a standings point last night despite not getting a point from any of their top three point-a-game players as Ryan Walters, Michael Pelech and Kyle Thomas all didn’t score for just the second time in 16 games played together this year as two of their new forwards have really chipped in. Sam Babintsev with two assists last night now has two goals and three assists in his last five and Mitch Maxwell has two goals and two assists for four points in his last three games.
Four of Jake Marchment’s goals with Utah have given them 1-0 first period leads on the power-play, one has tied a game at 2 and last night he gave Utah a 4-3 lead.
Travis Howe had his first career multiple-point game last night in his first professional contest in his home region of New England as he had two assists.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 16, 2018

03/16/2018 8:45 AM - Adrian Denny

Kyle Thomas will replace the recalled Austin Ortega with Michael Pelech and Brad Navin on Utah’s first line tonight.

Chris Leibinger will return to the Utah lineup tonight after missing 15 of the last 16 games injured. He’s Utah’s second leading scorer by defensemen, behind Taylor Richart, with four goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 41 games.

Utah has scored four goals or more in 23 of their last 36 games to go along with the current team record of four goals or more in nine-straight games.

This is Utah’s first game in Manchester since January 5, 2005 when both teams were members of the American Hockey League. Utah played four games in the AHL here and went 1-2-1.
When the two teams met in Utah in November, power-plays and shots were pretty even.

Utah went 2-12 on the power-play and Manchester went 3-11, going 3-for-4 against Angus Redmond on November 24. Aggregate shots were 104-100 Utah.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 10, 2018

03/10/2018 4:04 PM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies look to tie Allen for fourth place in the Mountain Division with a win in regulation tonight in the final regular season meeting between the two teams.

Unbeaten Streak
-Utah’s ten-game unbeaten streak at 8-0-0-2 is currently the longest in the ECHL.
-Toledo is 7-0-1-0 in their last eight games..
-Utah is unbeaten in a season-high five-straight home games at 3-0-0-2.
-Utah has matched a ten-game unbeaten streak from March 9-27, 2013 when they went 5-0-1-4, they also went unbeaten in ten-straight from January 9-February 4, 2009 when they went 2-0-3-5.
-Utah goes for an eleven-game unbeaten streak for the first time since they set a team record with a 13-game unbeaten streak December 31, 1994-January 27, 1995.
Team History
-Austin Ortega set team history last night with an assist in ten-straight games to run his scoring streak to twelve-straight games.
-Kip Miller had an assist in nine-straight games November 1, 1998-November 28, 1998.
-Ortega’s 12-game scoring streak is the longest since James Sixmith (February 12-March 13, 2010) and Dylan Hunter (March 12-April 3, 2010) had 13-game scoring streaks.

More On Ortega
-Austin Ortega has multiple-points in eight of the last nine games and leads the ECHL in scoring with 44 points since being assigned to Utah on January 16 with 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points in 28 games.
-Ryan Walters is third in the league since then with 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 28 games. Matt Willows of Reading is between the two with 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in 26 games. 

Last Night Notes
-Allen never recorded more than eight shots on Utah and 23 shots allowed was the third lowest allowed all season.
-Utah who has drawn 17 more power-plays than the opposition this year, had three power-plays to Allen’s five.
-Allen has gone shorthanded six fewer times than their opposition but has had even or more power-plays over Utah in four of five games.
-Utah had three one-goal leads for a total of 25:46, Allen had one one-goal lead for a total of 3:39.
-Taylor Richart tied a season-high with seven shots on goal and scored a goal for the fifth time in the last eight games.
-Utah hasn’t scored a power-play goal in two-straight games for the first time since December 8-9 and for only the third time since the first four games of the year and they’re still 11 for their last 35 at 31.4-percent.
-Utah has had three power-plays or fewer in four of their last five games and two or fewer in three of their last five.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 9, 2018

03/09/2018 11:02 AM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies and Allen open a two-game weekend series separated by one point in the standings in the final two meetings of the regular season as Allen makes their only visit to Utah this season.
-This is the final two games the Grizzlies will play against either Tulsa or Allen as the three teams battle for the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.
-Utah’s nine-game unbeaten streak is currently the longest in the ECHL.
-Adirondack (5-0-1-1) and Toledo (6-0-1-0) both have seven-game unbeaten streaks.
-Utah looks for their fourth-straight win at home on Friday.

The Unbeaten Streak
-Utah is 8-0-0-1 during their current nine-game unbeaten streak, their longest since they went unbeaten in ten-straight games March 9-27, 2013 at 5-0-1-4.
-Utah has outscored the opposition 44-27 during the unbeaten streak, having scored first in eight of nine games and leading after one period in eight of nine games.
-Four of Utah’s last five wins have been by three goals or more and Utah has had leads of two goals or more in seven of the eight wins during the winning streak.
-Utah has three of the top six scorers in the ECHL (Austin Ortega 5 goals, 14 assists), Brad Navin (five goals, nine assists) and Taylor Richart (five goals, eight assists) during the nine-game unbeaten streak
-Ryan Walters leads the ECHL with eight goals during the nine-game unbeaten streak and is 12th in the ECHL in scoring during the unbeaten streak with eight goals and three assists.
-Utah is 11-32 (34.3-percent) on the power-play during the nine-game unbeaten streak and 39-45 for an 86.6-percent clip.
-Utah has scored a first period goal in all nine games and in 12-straight games overall. 
-Utah has scored two or more first period goals in seven of the last nine games.
-Utah has outscored the opposition 16-8 in the first period during the unbeaten streak.
-Utah has outscored the opposition 15-3 in the third periods during the unbeaten streak.
-Utah has scored two goals or more 15 times in the last 27 periods.
-Utah has scored four goals or more in eight of nine games and five goals or more in seven of nine games.
-Utah is now 20-2-2-2 this year when scoring four goals or more.
-Utah has scored in 25 of 27 periods during the unbeaten streak and in 13-straight periods overall.
-13 different Utah players have scored at least one goal, seven players have at least four goals over the last nine games.
-Utah has seven players with at least a point-a-game or more in the last nine contests.
Players Of The Week
-Ryan Walters (February 26-March 4) and Austin Ortega (February 19-25) became the first teammates in the ECHL to win back-to-back Player of the Week awards since December of 2014.
-Walters is tied for third in the ECHL in 28 goals and on pace to have the most goals in a season since Ryan Kinasewich had 48 in 2009-2010.
-Austin Ortega leads the ECHL in scoring since being assigned to Utah on January 6 with 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points in 27 games.
-Ryan Walters is second in the ECHL in that stretch with 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 27 games.
-Ortega leads ECHL rookies with 19 power-play points.
-Walters has five or more shots in eight-straight games and six or more in four-straight contests.

Scoring Streaks
-Austin Ortega has tied Kip Miller for the longest assist scoring streak in team history at nine-straight games. 
-Miller had an assist in nine-straight games November 1, 1998-November 28, 1998.
-Ortega’s 11-game scoring streak is the longest since Mitch Wahl had an eleven-game scoring streak from January 6-February 9, 2013.
The Trades
-Jake Marchment has five goals and five assists for ten points in nine games since being acquired from Colorado on February 16.
-Gage Ausmus has four assists and is second on Utah with a plus-eight during the nine-game unbeaten streak.
-Sam Babintsev has one goal, four assists, is 2/2 in shootouts with one game-winning goal since being signed on February 16.
-Mitch Maxwell has one goal and three assists for four points in nine games.
From Injury
-Michael Pelech has five goals and four assists for nine points in nine games and a team-leading plus-nine since returning from injury on February 16 after missing 13-straight games injured.

February 16, 17
-Joel Rumpel stopped 57 of 62 shots as Utah outscored Allen 8-5 in a pair of wins.
-Utah went 3-11 on the power-play and 9-10 on the penalty-kill as they added a shorthanded goal as well to outscore Allen 4-1 on special teams.
-Jake Marchment gave Utah a 1-0 lead each game with a power-play goal.
-Joel Rumpel has allowed two goals or less in three-straight starts and in six of nine games appeared in with Utah this year.
-Rumpel is two wins from being in the top five in the ECHL in wins this year having appeared in just 29 of 56 games this season overall. 
-Rumpel is 7-1-0-1 with Utah with a 2.31 Goals-Against-Average and a .926 Save Percentage.
-Utah has been without Kyle Thomas who has nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points in 37 games during all nine games of the unbeaten streak.
-Utah has been without defensemen Chris Leibinger for eight of nine games during the unbeaten streak with four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 36 games with Utah.
-The Grizzlies have also been without Charley Graaskamp (25-straight games) since January 7 and Erik Higby (17-straight games) since January 24.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 4, 2018

03/04/2018 11:44 AM - Adrian Denny

A win today to wrap up the road trip and run their unbeaten streak to nine-straight games, would move Utah into a fourth place tie with Tulsa in the Mountain Division.

The Grizzlies look to get off to another good start. They have two first period goals in five-straight games and have scored in eleven-straight first periods overall.

Utah has finished strong on the eight-game unbeaten streak by outscoring the opposition 13-3 in the third periods.

Utah has four of the top eight scorers in the ECHL this week as Ryan Walters (five goal, two assists) and Austin Ortega (two goals, five assists) are tied for the league lead. Taylor Richart has one goal and four assists and Brad Navin has two goals and three assists.

Walters is now tied for third in the ECHL with 28 goals, two back of Manchester’s Jordan Smotherman for second.

Ortega can get Utah’s first eleven-game scoring streak since January 6-February 9, 2013 today.

Only Idaho and Colorado have more road wins than the Grizzlies with Utah at 13-10-4-2 away from Maverik Center.

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