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Game Day Blog Entry: April 7, 2018

04/07/2018 6:43 AM - Adrian Denny
-Utah looks to close the season with three-straight wins at home.
-Utah has closed out the regular season with a win in ten-straight seasons.
Last Night
-Kyle Thomas became the 12th Utah player to score two goals in a game this season, Ryan Walters has done it twice.
-15 of Utah’s 16 skaters had at least one shot with Ryan Walters having six and Kyle Thomas having five.
-Four of Utah’s five goal scorers had multi-point games in Kyle Thomas (one goal, one assist), James Melindy (one goal, one assist), Jake Marchment (one goal, one assist) and Ryan Walters (one goal, one assist). 
-The game was five-on-five for 54 of 60 minutes and all regulation goals were scored five-on-five with only three power-plays as Kansas City went 0-2 and Utah went 0-1.
-Each team scored one in the first, two in the second and two in the third.
-Utah improved to 5-1-0-1 against the Central Division last night.
All 72
-Ryan Misiak will be the only Utah player to play in all 72 games. 
-Jake Marchment played in all 49 games with Colorado before being reassigned to Utah on February 15 and played in all 22 games with the Grizzlies.
-Mathieu Aubin played in 72 games in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 becoming the first Utah player to do it since 2007-2008.
With A Goal
-Ryan Walters looks to become the first Utah skater since Paul McIlveen in 2011-2012 to have 30 goals in a season.
-It would give Utah a 30-goal scorer for only the fourth time in the last 17 seasons.
Year Five
-The Grizzlies look for a win tonight to finish 178-136-45 in their first five seasons under Tim Branham.
-Utah will draw their fourth-straight crowd of over 7,000 fans tonight and their fifth in the last seven games.

Game Day Blog Entry April 6, 2018

04/06/2018 9:25 AM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies and Kansas City close the regular season against each other for the second time in two seasons.

- The Grizzlies, averaging over 7,500 fans in their last five weekend games and fifth in the 27-team ECHL overall in attendance at 5,463 fans-per-game return home for their final two regular season home games.
-Utah finished seventh last year in attendance at 5,360 fans-per-game, they are fourth among returning teams in the ECHL with expansion Jacksonville also in the top five.
-Utah has outshot the opposition by 25 shots in the last four games after Wednesday’s 32-23 effort.
Against Kansas City
-Utah went 3-1 last year against Kansas City and 2-1 at Maverik Center in the final games of the regular season.
-The series started and ended with 5-3 Utah wins on December 27 and April 8 between a 2-1 Utah overtime win on April 5 and a 3-2 loss on April 7.
-Utah looks for a win to eliminate Kansas City from playoff contention for a second-straight year.
-Last year’s 2-1 overtime win on April 5 eliminated Kansas City from postseason contention for the second time in three years.
-The two teams will be Mountain Division opponents once again next year after a season apart in 2016-2017 as the Mavericks went to the Central Division.
Last Year
-Both Utah and Kansas City were 2-11 on the power-play against the other with Utah going 5-5 at Maverik Center as the final two games saw just five combined power-plays.
What A Run
-The Grizzlies run of ten-straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs, which is the second longest in the ECHL, the fifth longest in affiliated professional hockey and in the State of Utah will come to an end this season.
Entering 2017-2018 Playoff Streaks
-Idaho Steelheads (WCHL, ECHL) 1997-1998 (21-straight seasons)
-Wilkes Barre Scranton (AHL) 2002-2003-Present (16-straight seasons)
-Colorado Eagles (CHL, WCHL) 2003-2004-Present (15-Straight Seasons)
-Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) 2005-2006-Present (13-Straight Seasons)
-Utah Grizzlies, South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) 2007-2008 (10-Straight Seasons)
Trending Up
-Charley Graaskamp has four assists in his last five games since missing 28 of 29 games injured.
-Jake Marchment, who hasn’t gone more than two games scoreless with Utah since being acquired on February 15, has one goal and three assists in his last four games and eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 20 games with the Grizzlies.
-Brendan Harms is Utah’s third leading scorer with 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 40 games since December 29 after being healthy scratched in five-straight games after two goals and six assists for eight points in his first 20 games.
Even After 9 Games Away
-Austin Ortega still leads the ECHL in scoring since January 6 with 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points in 29 games despite being called-up on March 12.

Game Day Blog Entry: April 4, 2018

04/04/2018 1:29 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies will look to keep Colorado from clinching the Mountain Division tonight with a win. Though if Tulsa beats Idaho, they’ll automatically clinch. 

Utah is 18-18-4 all-time in Colorado as the two teams meet for the final time this season before the Eagles become the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche next season.

Utah is 18-9-1-0 in April since 2008.

Five of Utah’s last seven goals and six of the last 11 have been scored by Travis Howe (4) or Mitch Maxwell (2)

The Grizzlies, who haven’t scored a power-play goal in six-straight games, look for one tonight at 10-3-5-1 on the road and 20-9-6-3 overall when scoring a power-play goal overall.

We’ll see if Utah can go seven-straight games to close the regular season at 21 games past regulation. They went past regulation 22 times in 2012-2013 and have passed 2008-2009 when they went past regulation in 20. 22 is the most since 2006-2007 in the ECHL.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 31, 2018

03/31/2018 9:31 AM - Adrian Denny

Entering the 15th game of the season between the Grizzlies and Steelheads, Utah has seven wins and Idaho has seven wins as we enter the series finale and rubber game.

The Grizzlies will wrap up the regular season with four games in eight nights as they’ll move onto Colorado Wednesday.

The only other times the Grizzlies have been shutout this year were 2-0 by Idaho on December 9 here and 1-0 in a shootout by Colorado on December 20. The Grizzlies combined for 13 goals in their next two games after being shutout with an 8-5 win over Rapid City on December 15 and a 5-4 overtime win against Colorado on December 22.

Utah looks to split their fourth-straight two-game series in Boise this season by winning game two for the third time out of four games.

The Grizzlies have alternated starting goaltenders in four straight games, if they go back to Brandon Wildung he’ll bring a 1-0-1-0 pro record into his third pro start.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 30, 2018

03/30/2018 10:14 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah will look to snap Idaho’s longest winning streak of the season, which currently stands at five, like they snapped Colorado’s seven-game winning streak on Saturday.

Four-straight games with Utah and Idaho have been decided by a goal, seven of the 13 this year have been one-goal games and four have gone past regulation. Utah is 7-4-0-2 overall
against the Steelheads this year.

Utah has split three two-game series in Idaho this season with a 3-3 record overall. They are 1-2 in game ones and 2-1 in game twos. They look to build on 5-1-2-1 stretch in their last nine road games tonight.

Aggregate scoring is 42-40 through 13 games between the two teams this season.

Taylor Richart will be back in the lineup tonight for the Grizzlies after missing his first two games of the season last Friday and Saturday.

His next goal at 18 will tie him with Greg Hawgood from 2001-2002 for the most goals by a Utah defenseman in team history during a single season.

Brendan Harms and Mitch Maxwell have both scored goals in two-straight games.

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