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Grizzlies 4 Game Homestand Starts Wednesday

01/14/2019 10:49 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begins 4 Game Homestand Wednesday

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are back at Maverik Center for a 4 game homestand after going 2-1 on a central division road trip last week.

It’s the first time the Grizzlies will take on the division rival Tulsa Oilers. Both teams are tied for 2nd in the league with 48 standings points.

Guns N Hoses Night is on Saturday, January 19th. Guns N Hoses charity games start at 12:30 pm and last all day leading up to the Grizzlies game vs Tulsa at 7 pm. Last year’s Guns N Hoses game had a sellout crowd of 10,649 as the Grizzlies lost 3-2 to Tulsa.

The annual Martin Luther King Matinee game is on January 21st against the division rival Idaho Steelheads. It’s the first Maverik Monday of the season as it’s buy one get one free tickets with Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

The Grizzlies have the 2nd best winning percentage in the Western Conference and the best in the Mountain Division. Utah has a .686 winning percentage, trailing only the Cincinnati Cyclones, who has a .730 win %.

Utah has been one of the best teams at home this season. The Grizzlies have outscored opponents 61 to 34 at Maverik Center this season along with a record of 13-4-1.

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Games This Week

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2. ECHL.TV Showcase Game on Facebook Live.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV.

Road Trip Recap

January 9th Utah 4 Cincinnati 3 (shootout) - Joe Cannata stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout. Tim McGauley tied up the game 3-3 with 4:55 left in the third period and also scored first for Utah in the shootout. Jack Walker got the deciding goal in the shootout, as he was named number 1 star for the 2nd straight game. JT Henke and Ryan Walters each had first period goals for Utah.

January 11th Utah 3 Wheeling 0 - Utah goaltenders got their league leading 6th shutout of the season as Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 30 shots, and JT Henke and Travis Barron each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Utah.

January 12th Utah 4 Fort Wayne 6 – Grizzlies got goals from Taylor Richart, Tim McGauley, Ryan Walters and Mike Economos.

Last week was a good trip for JT Henke and Ryan Walters, who each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Tim McGauley had 2 goals and 1 assist last week, and also had a shootout goal on Wednesday night. Henke and McGauley each have 12 goals on the season, which is tied for 3rd on the club and tied for most among players currently on the roster (Caleb Herbert has 19 goals, currently with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles and Matt Berry has 13 goals, currently with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls).

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 2-1 on a central division road trip 

Grizzlies won 4-3 in a shootout at Cincinnati on January 9th. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling on January 11th. Grizzlies lost 6-4 at Fort Wayne on January 12th. 

Overall record: 22-9-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1

Road record: 9-5-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Tulsa January 16th, 18th and 19th.  

Last 10 games: 7-3. Have won 5 of their last 6 games. 

Goals per game: 3.51 (Tied for 5th in the league).

Goals allowed per game: 2.69 (4th in the league).

Shots per game: 32.51 (7th).

Shots allowed per game: 28.14 (3rd).

Special Teams: Grizzlies are tied for first in the league on the penalty kill at 86.2 percent.  Utah went 13 of 14 on the penalty kill last weekend. The Grizzlies scored a power play goal in all 3 games of the road trip, going 3 for 14 on the trip. Utah is 6th on the power play at 20.1 percent.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days: On January 7th forward Ryan Misiak was traded to the Idaho Steelheads to complete a future considerations deal that originally was made with Florida for the rights to forward Matt Berry, who scored 13 goals and 9 assists in 20 games this season before going to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Berry has 3 goals and 10 assists in 14 games for the Gulls.

League Leaders

JT Henke is tied for 4th with a 27.3 shot percentage. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league in goals despite not playing in the ECHL since December 23rd. He’s currently with the Colorado Eagles.

 

 

 

Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

01/12/2019 9:48 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The Fort Wayne Komets got off to a 5-0 lead 11:49 into the 2nd period and held on to win 6-4 over the Utah Grizzlies to end the Utah 5 game winning streak on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Wayne scored 22 seconds into the game as Marco Roy scored his 6th of the season. The Komets extended the lead to 4-0 late in the first period on goals by J.C. Campagna, Jake Kamrass and Brady Shaw.

The Komets extended the lead to 5-0 as Jamie Schaafsma scored a shorthanded goal. Fort Wayne extended their winning streak to 5 games.

Utah clawed their way back late in the 2nd period on goals by Taylor Richart and Tim McGauley. Midway through the 3rd period, Utah made it a 5-3 game on Ryan Walters 7th of the year on a great pass from J.T. Henke, who got his 8th assist of the year.

The Komets put the game away when Anthony Petruzzelli scored an empty net goal with 2:28 left in regulation.

Mike Economos scored with 38 seconds left in the game to make it a 6-4 game.

The Grizzlies head home for a 4 game homestand starting on Wednesday, January 16th against the Tulsa Oilers. It will be the first season series between the 2 teams. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center Box Office.

Grizzlies Notes: Joe Cannata stopped 24 of 29 shots in the loss for Utah. He was going up against former Colorado Eagles teammate Lukas Hafner, who stopped 29 of 33 shots for the Komets. Utah finished 1 for 7 on the power play, while Fort Wayne went 1 for 6. Utah scored 4 goals in the game but did not have a single player with a multiple point game. Stan Dzakhov had an assist on the Richart goal, which was Stan’s first point in a Grizzlies uniform. 

Carr Gets Shutout in 3-0 Utah Win

01/12/2019 2:19 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Carr Gets Shutout in 3-0 Utah Win

Wheeling, West Virginia – Kevin Carr stopped all 30 shots he faced and JT Henke and Travis Barron each had 1 goal and 1 assist as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Wheeling Nailers 3-0 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies scored 1 goal in each of the 3 periods. JT Henke scored his 12th of the season on a quick slap shot in the slot with the assists going to Tim McGauley and Travis Barron. Henke is 3rd on the team in goals scored and first among players currently on the roster (Caleb Herbert has 19 goals, Matt Berry has 13 goals) as both players are in the AHL.

Travis Barron delivered a 2nd period power play goal for Utah 9:30 into the frame. Ryan Walters and JT Henke got the assists. For Walters, he has 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 4 games.

The Grizzlies went 1 for 4 on the power play. A big key in the Grizzlies win was they were a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill against the number 4 power play unit in the league.  

Jake Marchment added an empty net goal for Utah with 41 seconds left to complete the victory.

The night belonged to Kevin Carr, who’s record is now 12-2-1 on the year. Carr picked up his 2nd shutout on the season. It’s the 6th shutout by the Grizzlies this season, which leads the league. Grizzlies goaltender Joe Cannata currently leads the league with 4 shutouts.

The Mountain Division’s first place Utah Grizzlies have 48 standings points, 1 point ahead of the Idaho Steelheads. Game 3 of the road trip is Saturday night against the Fort Wayne Komets. Face-off is at 5:30 pm mountain time. You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2.

3 stars of the game

1.       Kevin Carr (Utah) - 30 for 30 on saves in the shutout.

2.       JT Henke (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.       Travis Barron (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Grizzlies in Wheeling Tonight

01/11/2019 1:07 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Continue Road Trip in Wheeling

Wheeling, West Virginia – The Utah Grizzlies continue the road trip as they take on the Wheeling Nailers at 5:05 pm mountain time, 7:05 pm local start.

It will be the one and only time the Grizzlies will face the Nailers in the regular season. It’s a rare eastern road trip for the Grizzlies, who only play 10 games against teams not in the Mountain division. Utah currently has a record of 3-2 vs non-division opponents.

The Grizzlies are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Cincinnati Cyclones as Jack Walker got the game winner in the shootout.

Ryan Walters has been outstanding for the Grizzlies as of late as he has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 3 games.

Utah is on a 4 game winning streak, which is the best current streak in the league. You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2/ ECHL.TV.

Mountain Division Standings

1.       Utah Grizzlies – 21-8-3-1 (46 points)

2.       Idaho Steelheads – 21-11-1-2 (45 points)

3.       Tulsa Oilers – 19-12-4-2 (44 points)

4.       Kansas City Mavericks – 18-14-1-1 (38 points)

5.       Wichita Thunder – 15-14-5-3 (38 points)

6.       Rapid City Rush – 15-18-2-3 (35 points)

7.       Allen Americans – 9-27-0-2 (20 points)

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 in a home sweep vs Wichita.  

Grizzlies won 5-3 on January 2nd vs Wichita. 3-1 win on January 4th vs Wichita. 4-3 OT win on January 5th.

Overall record: 21-8-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1 (Utah has outscored opponents 61 to 34 at home this season).

Road record: 8-4-2-1 (55 to 54 goals advantage for Utah in road games).

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Cincinnati on Jan. 9 (4-3 shootout win), at Wheeling Jan 11 and at Fort Wayne Jan 12.  

Last 10 games: 7-3. 4 game winning streak.

Goals per game: 3.52 (6th best in the league)

Goals allowed per game: 2.67 (4th best in the league)

Shots on Goal per game: 32.79 (7th best in the league)

Shots Allowed per game: 28.00 (tied 3rd  best in the league)

Special Teams: Power play: 20.3 % (5th best in the league) Penalty Kill: 85.9 percent (3rd best in the league).

Goals by Period: First period Utah has outscored opponents 40 to 25. In the second period Utah has outscored opponents 42 to 29. In the third period it’s even 30 to 30. The Grizzlies have scored first in 20 of 33 games this season. Overall, Utah has outscored the opposition 116-88.  

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

 

Grizzlies Win 4-3 Shootout in Cincinnati

01/09/2019 11:01 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 4-3 in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Utah Grizzlies win 4-3 in a shootout over the Cincinnati Cyclones in a match-up of first place teams at US Bank Arena on Wednesday night in the Queen City.

Mike Marnell scored his 8th goal of the season to give Cincinnati an early 1-0 lead 4:36 into the first period. The Grizzlies scored the next 2 goals as JT Henke scored his 11th goal of the year on a one timer for a power play goal. Ryan Walters gave Utah a 2-1 lead on a 2 on 1 with 2:59 left in the first period.

Cincinnati scored twice in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 lead. Tobie Bisson tied it up 2:40 into the 2nd period and with 1.1 seconds left in the period the Cyclones scored on a goal in front of the net as Arvin Atwal scored his 6th goal of the season.

The Cyclones came into play tonight having outscored opponents in the third period of games, while the Grizzlies have been outscored 30 to 29. Tonight it was the Grizzlies who scored the lone goal in the period as Tim McGauley scored his 11th of the season with 4:55 left in the third. It stayed a 3-3 game through regulation.

Both goaltenders were outstanding in the overtime as Joe Cannata stopped 5 Cincinnati shots and Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser stopped all 3 Utah shots. Houser stopped 32 of 35 Grizzlies shots on the night. Houser came into play tonight with a .937 save percentage, which is tied for the league best.

In the shootout, McGauley shot first for the Grizzlies. He found the back of the net to give Utah a 1-0 lead. Cannata stopped Vasili Glotov’s shot. Than Ryan Walters was denied by Houser. Cincinnati scored with Mike Marnell to tie it 1-1. Jack Walker scored for Utah, leaving it all up to the 1 on 1 match-up of Joe Cannata vs Myles Powell. Cannata denied Powell to win it for Utah.

Grizzlies continue the road trip against the Wheeling Nailers. Utah stayed in first place with the win. They go to 46 standings points on the year. Next home game for the Grizzlies is on January 16th against the Tulsa Oilers.

3 stars of the game

1.      1.  Jack Walker (Utah) – Game winner in the shootout.

2.      2.  Mike Marnell (Cincinnati) – 1 goal, 1 assist. Additional goal in the shootout.

3.      3.  Ryan Walters (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 6 shots on goal.

Honorable mention for 3 stars is Tim McGauley, who had the big goal in the third period as well as a goal in the shootout. Utah went 1 for 3 on the power play, while Cincinnati went 0 for 4 on the man advantage. 

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