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Game Day Blog Entry: April 23, 2017

04/22/2017 7:40 AM - Adrian Denny

-The Grizzlies host Allen tonight looking to force the series back to Allen for a game six Monday.

Last Night
-Utah led for 27:31 and Allen led for 13:44.
-Kevin Boyle stopped the first 27 shots that he saw and Utah didn’t allow a goal for the first 42:55.

Cam Reid
-Cam Reid led Utah with five shots Friday and scored Utah’s lone goal in his 2016-2017 playoff debut.
-Reid has 9 goals and 9 assists for 18 points in 20 career ECHL playoff games.
-He has 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 39 career playoff games overall.
 
First On The Board
-Austen Brassard has a three-game scoring streak with two goals and two assists.
-He has been involved in Utah’s first goal in three-straight games.
 
Tonight
-Utah is 5-1-0-1 in their last seven Saturday night games.
 
The Lead
-Utah has led for 113:55 of the 240:00 minutes played, which equates to over 47-percent of the series.
-Allen has led for 40:49 of the series so far, which equates to just over 16-percent of the series.
 
First Two Periods
-Kevin Boyle has stopped 82 of 85 shots in periods 1 and 2 in this series for a .964 save percentage.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 21, 2017

04/21/2017 6:35 AM - Adrian Denny

This Week
-The Grizzlies host Allen tonight looking to even up the best-of-seven series with the Americans with game five Saturday at Maverik Center.
-Three of the four meetings between Utah and Allen at Maverik Center this season have been tied in the third period.

This Series
-The winning team has scored four goals in each game.
-Allen has scored three of their nine goals on the power-play, one empty-netter and five five-on-five goals in three games.
-Utah has scored seven of their nine goals at even, with six five-on-five, one four-on-four to go along with two power-play goals.
-Utah has led each game 2-1 during the course of the action.

First On The Board
-Austen Brassard has scored Utah’s first goal in two-straight games.
 
Early Streaks
-Erik Higby is the only Grizzlies player to have scored in all three games with one goal and two assists.
-Two of Higby’s three points have come on the power-play.
-Erik Bradford and Garrett Haar each have two assists in the last two games.
 
Crowd
-Utah’s crowd of 5,315 on Wednesday was easily the top attendance in the ECHL on Wednesday by almost 3,000 as Idaho drew 2,524; Quad City paraded in 1,969 spectators and Kalamazoo saw 1,272 fans elbow their way in for playoff action.
-Utah currently sits third in the ECHL in playoff attendance after finishing fifth in the 27 team ECHL in attendance during the regular season.

Third-Straight Season
-The Grizzlies are trailing 2-1 in a best-of-seven series for the second time in three years.
-Utah rebounded from a 2-1 series deficit to beat Idaho 4 games to 2 in the first round in 2015.
 
Last Time Down 2-1 In First Round
-Utah lost games one and three in 2015 by one goal each after winning game two 3-2 and never trailing.
-Aggregate scoring was 10-9 Idaho after three games.
-Utah was unable to hold a 3-1 lead in game three before falling 5-4 in overtime after trailing 4-3 late in regulation.
-Utah closed the series by winning three-straight and outscoring Idaho 12-3 after testing the waters the first three games.

This Time Down 2-1 In First Round
-Utah has lost games one and three after winning game two.
-Utah held a 3-1 lead in game one, before falling 4-3 late in regulation.
-Aggregate scoring is 9-9 through three games.

Other Notes
-Utah has drawn 13 of the last 20 power-plays over the last two games.
-Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Boyle has allowed just two five-on-five goals in the last two games and stopped 64 of 68 shots for a .941 save percentage.
-C.J. Eick is tied for the league lead among rookies with a plus-four.

Game Day Blog Entry: April 19, 2017

04/19/2017 1:27 AM - Adrian Denny

-Two-straight and two of three meetings overall between Utah and Allen went past regulation at Maverik Center with the last meeting taking place November 23.
-Utah has won three-straight Wednesday night games at home.
-Utah has led for 81:02 of the 120:00 played so far.

Both Games
-C.J. Eick (one goal, two assists), Jon Puskar (one goal, three assists) and Erik Higby (one goal, one assist) have scored in both games.
-C.J. Eick, Jon Puskar, Austen Brassard and Ralph Cuddemi both have multiple-point games in the postseason so far.
-Eick and Puskar were both a plus-one in game one and a plus-three in game two.
-Phil Pietroniro is a plus in both games with a plus-one in game one and a plus-two in game two.
 
Three Or More
-Utah has scored three goals or more in nine of the last eleven games and four goals or more in seven of the last 10 contests.
 
Period By Period
-Utah has outscored Allen 3-1 in the first, 4-1 in the second and been outscored 3-0 in the third.
-Utah has outshot Allen 26-14 in the first, been outshot 22-14 in the second and 26-14 in the third periods.
 
Who’s Next
-The winner of this series will face the winner of the Idaho Steelheads/Colorado Eagles series which resumes tonight in Boise also tied at 1.
 
Call-Up
-Zac Larraza was called-up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego prior to game two Friday.
 
Game 2, 2-Straight
-Friday was Allen’s first loss in regulation since a 3-2 loss against Rapid City on February 19. They lost the previous night in overtime to Rapid City.
-Allen goaltender Riley Gill lost in regulation Friday for the first time since December 2.
-Gill last loss back-to-back games November 25 and 26.
 
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 14, 2017

04/14/2017 9:04 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies led the contest for 38:19 on Wednesday night and trailed for only 8:56.


10 of Utah’s 16 skaters had at least two shots on goal.

The Grizzlies want to replicate the first period from Wednesday when they took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission, outshot Allen 11-5 and drew the first three power-plays of the game.
 
C.J. Eick has three goals in his last two games overall and two goals in his last two games played in Allen.

Ralph Cuddemi had two assists in his first professional playoff game.

With that, Utah now has three of the top five rookie scorers through two days of the playoffs with Marc-Andre Levesque also adding a goal Wednesday. The referees on the ice credited Utah’s second goal to Erik Higby, but it obviously went off of Allen’s Gary Steffes and Higby was clearly seen pointing at Levesque after the goal.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 12, 2017

04/12/2017 9:52 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies have defeated their division champions in the first round in two-straight years as they look to make it three years in a row against Allen.

Utah recorded 131 shots in three games against Missouri for an average of 43.66 a game in three games last week. They recorded 40 or more shots against Allen in three of four games this year. Utah has 39 or more shots against Allen in seven of their ten total games played.

Utah looks to put their stellar first round record in regulation on the line tonight. They are 8-1 the last two seasons in regulation in the first round, losing three games in overtime. 

No one in the ECHL has played more games since Mathieu Aubin started as a rookie in 2006-2007 with over 600 games played. He’s also played in 92 career playoff games.

Utah is 5-1-1-0 in their last seven Wednesday night games.
 

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