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Game Day Blog: March 22 at Allen. Grizzlies Add Ryan Galt

03/22/2019 11:39 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Add Galt to Roster as 7 Game Road Trip Begins Tonight

Allen, Texas – The Utah Grizzlies begin a stretch of 7 straight road games tonight against the Allen Americans. It’s win tonight and the Grizzlies are in the playoffs for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons.

Grizzlies added forward Ryan Galt to the roster on an ATO. Galt played for the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the past 4 seasons, scoring 8 goals and 19 assists from 2016-2019. Galt is 5’11” tall and 185 pounds. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and is 23 years old. Galt will be wearing number 44 for the Grizzlies.

Over the past week the Grizzlies have welcomed back JT Henke, Jack Walker, Austin Carroll from injuries as well as Joey Ratelle from Manitoba of the AHL and Tanner Nagel and Ryan Galt.

Tonight’s game begins at 6:00 pm mountain time and can be heard on ESPN 700. Grizzlies return home for games on April 6th and 7th to conclude the regular season with Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Grizzlies notes: Forward Eric Freschi was released by the Grizzlies earlier this week. Freschi had 4 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for Utah this season. It’s the 9th season meeting between the Grizzlies and Americans. Both teams have won 4 games. Utah won the first 4 while Allen has won the last 4.

Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans. Friday March 22, 2019. 6 pm face-off Mountain time.

It’s the first game of a 7 game in 4 city road trip. This weekend is a 2 game series between the Grizzlies and Americans. Utah has been a decent road team this year with a 13-10-3-3 mark.

Grizz have 74 points on the season. Utah is 5 points behind Idaho for first place in the Mountain Division and 4 points behind Tulsa for second place.

Win and In

If the Grizzlies win tonight they clinch a postseason berth for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

Grizzlies Lose 4-3 on Monday vs Rapid City

Utah scored 3 power play goals but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Rapid City Rush, who had 2 goals each from Alex Rauter and Tyler Poulsen.

Grizzlies got goals from Caleb Herbert, Turner Ottenbreit and Jack Walker. Walker and Herbert had a 1 goal, 1 assist game while Mike Economos had 2 assists.

Rapid City Series

Utah lost 5 of the 6 games with Rapid City in a 2 week series. 4 of the 5 Rapid City wins were 1 goal contests. Adam Carlson won each of the first 4 games for Rapid City and was in net for all 6 Rush games.

Joey Ratelle…Welcome To Utah

2 games ago on March 16th  was Joey Ratelle’s Grizzlies and season debut as he comes over from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Ratelle is a dynamic hockey player who had 23 goals and 24 assists as well as 200 penalty minutes in 70 games for the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. Ratelle is 22 years old. He played in the QMJHL for 5 season, with his best year coming in the 2014-15 season, where he had 33 goals and 19 assists.

Ryan Walters Hits Interesting Even Number Career Point Total

Walters had a 3rd period assist on March 16th. That was his 300th career professional point. Walters has 16 goals and 27 assists this season. He currently  has 276 ECHL points, 10 AHL points as well as 15 points in Belarus for 301 points as he had 1 assist on March 18th

Big Crowd On Military Night

A big crowd of 9237 saw the Grizzlies lone win in the 6 games vs the Rush, 5-2 was the final. Utah was wearing specialty jersey’s that was auctioned off after the game and a total of $13,425 were raised in total. Utah is currently 7th in attendance in the 27 team league averaging 5,391 per game.

This Season vs Allen

It’s the 9th season meeting between the teams. The Grizzlies won the first 4 games while Allen as won the last 4. Last meeting was on February 24th where the Grizzlies lost 5-4 in a shootout as Ryan Walters scored 2 goals and Mike Economos and Will Smith also tallied a goal for Utah. Allen swept a 3 game series on Feb. 22-24 at the Allen Events Center. Allen outscored Utah 16-11 that weekend. Utah lost 7-5 on Feb. 22, 4-2 on Feb. 23 and the aforementioned 5-4 shootout loss on the 24th.

Special teams have been Good

Utah went 3 for 7 on the power play on March 18th vs RC. Grizzlies are 4 for 12 in the last 2 games. In the 6 game series vs R.C the power play was 5 for 33. The penalty kill was 20 for 23 in the last 6 games. Grizzlies are in the top 4 in both the power play and penalty kill this season

Grizzlies Add Forward Ryan Galt to Roster

Grizz have added forward Ryan Galt to the active roster signing him to an ATO. Galt played for the University of Nebraska-Omaha the past 4 seasons. In 4 years he had a total of 8 goals and 19 assists. This season for UNO he had 4 goals and 4 assists in 35 games. Galt is 5’11” and 181 pounds. He’s a 23 year old, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Nebraska-Omaha is also where Ryan Walters played his college career. It’s also where former Grizzlies Forward Austin Ortega played.

Grizzlies Add Forward Tanner Nagel to Roster

Grizzlies sign forward Tanner Nagel and have added him to the active roster. Nagel previously played with Portland, Lethbridge and Swift Current in the WHL. This year with Swift Current he had 13 goals, 10 assists in 65 games. He was a -47 this year. Nagel is 6 feet 200 pounds.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 Rapid City

Grizzlies lost 2-1 vs Rapid City on March 14th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Rapid City on March 16th. 

Overall record: 33-22-4-4

Home record: 20-12-1-1

Road record: 13-10-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah lost 4-3 to Rapid City on March 18. at Allen March 22, 23)

Last 10 games: Utah is 2-5-0-3

Goals per game: 3.25 (10th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.94 (8th). 

Shots per game: 32.29 (10th). 

Shots against per game: 28.79 (4th). 

Power play: 21.2 % (4th). 

Penalty Kill: 86.0 % (2nd)

1st Period Scoring: Utah 61 Opponents 54.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 77 Opponents 61.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 61 Opponents 62.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 5th in the league with 30 goals and is also tied for 2nd in the league with 66 points. Herbert is 3rd in the league with 26 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts.

Injuries

Grayson Downing missed 8 straight games before returning to the lineup on Friday vs R.C.  He missed Saturday’s game vs Rush.

Jake Marchment has been out of the lineup due to injury. He should be back by playoff time.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Upcoming Radio Broadcasts

March 18, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah. Utah lost 4-3. 3 power play goals. Caleb Herbert scored his 30th goal of the year. Turner Ottenbreit and Jack Walker 1 goal. Mike Economos had 2 assists.

March 22, 2019 – Utah at Allen. ESPN 700.

March 23, 2019 – Utah at Allen. Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

March 27, 2019 – Utah at Wichita. ESPN 700.

March 29, 2019 – Utah at Allen. Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM/HD-2. 

Game Day Blog: March 22 at Allen. Grizzlies Add Ryan Galt

03/22/2019 11:39 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Add Galt to Roster as 7 Game Road Trip Begins Tonight

Allen, Texas – The Utah Grizzlies begin a stretch of 7 straight road games tonight against the Allen Americans. It’s win tonight and the Grizzlies are in the playoffs for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons.

Grizzlies added forward Ryan Galt to the roster on an ATO. Galt played for the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the past 4 seasons, scoring 8 goals and 19 assists from 2016-2019. Galt is 5’11” tall and 185 pounds. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and is 23 years old. Galt will be wearing number 44 for the Grizzlies.

Over the past week the Grizzlies have welcomed back JT Henke, Jack Walker, Austin Carroll from injuries as well as Joey Ratelle from Manitoba of the AHL and Tanner Nagel and Ryan Galt.

Tonight’s game begins at 6:00 pm mountain time and can be heard on ESPN 700. Grizzlies return home for games on April 6th and 7th to conclude the regular season with Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Grizzlies notes: Forward Eric Freschi was released by the Grizzlies earlier this week. Freschi had 4 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for Utah this season. It’s the 9th season meeting between the Grizzlies and Americans. Both teams have won 4 games. Utah won the first 4 while Allen has won the last 4.

Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans. Friday March 22, 2019. 6 pm face-off Mountain time.

It’s the first game of a 7 game in 4 city road trip. This weekend is a 2 game series between the Grizzlies and Americans. Utah has been a decent road team this year with a 13-10-3-3 mark.

Grizz have 74 points on the season. Utah is 5 points behind Idaho for first place in the Mountain Division and 4 points behind Tulsa for second place.

Win and In

If the Grizzlies win tonight they clinch a postseason berth for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

Grizzlies Lose 4-3 on Monday vs Rapid City

Utah scored 3 power play goals but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Rapid City Rush, who had 2 goals each from Alex Rauter and Tyler Poulsen.

Grizzlies got goals from Caleb Herbert, Turner Ottenbreit and Jack Walker. Walker and Herbert had a 1 goal, 1 assist game while Mike Economos had 2 assists.

Rapid City Series

Utah lost 5 of the 6 games with Rapid City in a 2 week series. 4 of the 5 Rapid City wins were 1 goal contests. Adam Carlson won each of the first 4 games for Rapid City and was in net for all 6 Rush games.

Joey Ratelle…Welcome To Utah

2 games ago on March 16th  was Joey Ratelle’s Grizzlies and season debut as he comes over from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Ratelle is a dynamic hockey player who had 23 goals and 24 assists as well as 200 penalty minutes in 70 games for the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. Ratelle is 22 years old. He played in the QMJHL for 5 season, with his best year coming in the 2014-15 season, where he had 33 goals and 19 assists.

Ryan Walters Hits Interesting Even Number Career Point Total

Walters had a 3rd period assist on March 16th. That was his 300th career professional point. Walters has 16 goals and 27 assists this season. He currently  has 276 ECHL points, 10 AHL points as well as 15 points in Belarus for 301 points as he had 1 assist on March 18th

Big Crowd On Military Night

A big crowd of 9237 saw the Grizzlies lone win in the 6 games vs the Rush, 5-2 was the final. Utah was wearing specialty jersey’s that was auctioned off after the game and a total of $13,425 were raised in total. Utah is currently 7th in attendance in the 27 team league averaging 5,391 per game.

This Season vs Allen

It’s the 9th season meeting between the teams. The Grizzlies won the first 4 games while Allen as won the last 4. Last meeting was on February 24th where the Grizzlies lost 5-4 in a shootout as Ryan Walters scored 2 goals and Mike Economos and Will Smith also tallied a goal for Utah. Allen swept a 3 game series on Feb. 22-24 at the Allen Events Center. Allen outscored Utah 16-11 that weekend. Utah lost 7-5 on Feb. 22, 4-2 on Feb. 23 and the aforementioned 5-4 shootout loss on the 24th.

Special teams have been Good

Utah went 3 for 7 on the power play on March 18th vs RC. Grizzlies are 4 for 12 in the last 2 games. In the 6 game series vs R.C the power play was 5 for 33. The penalty kill was 20 for 23 in the last 6 games. Grizzlies are in the top 4 in both the power play and penalty kill this season

Grizzlies Add Forward Ryan Galt to Roster

Grizz have added forward Ryan Galt to the active roster signing him to an ATO. Galt played for the University of Nebraska-Omaha the past 4 seasons. In 4 years he had a total of 8 goals and 19 assists. This season for UNO he had 4 goals and 4 assists in 35 games. Galt is 5’11” and 181 pounds. He’s a 23 year old, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Nebraska-Omaha is also where Ryan Walters played his college career. It’s also where former Grizzlies Forward Austin Ortega played.

Grizzlies Add Forward Tanner Nagel to Roster

Grizzlies sign forward Tanner Nagel and have added him to the active roster. Nagel previously played with Portland, Lethbridge and Swift Current in the WHL. This year with Swift Current he had 13 goals, 10 assists in 65 games. He was a -47 this year. Nagel is 6 feet 200 pounds.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 Rapid City

Grizzlies lost 2-1 vs Rapid City on March 14th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Rapid City on March 16th. 

Overall record: 33-22-4-4

Home record: 20-12-1-1

Road record: 13-10-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah lost 4-3 to Rapid City on March 18. at Allen March 22, 23)

Last 10 games: Utah is 2-5-0-3

Goals per game: 3.25 (10th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.94 (8th). 

Shots per game: 32.29 (10th). 

Shots against per game: 28.79 (4th). 

Power play: 21.2 % (4th). 

Penalty Kill: 86.0 % (2nd)

1st Period Scoring: Utah 61 Opponents 54.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 77 Opponents 61.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 61 Opponents 62.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 5th in the league with 30 goals and is also tied for 2nd in the league with 66 points. Herbert is 3rd in the league with 26 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts.

Injuries

Grayson Downing missed 8 straight games before returning to the lineup on Friday vs R.C.  He missed Saturday’s game vs Rush.

Jake Marchment has been out of the lineup due to injury. He should be back by playoff time.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Upcoming Radio Broadcasts

March 18, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah. Utah lost 4-3. 3 power play goals. Caleb Herbert scored his 30th goal of the year. Turner Ottenbreit and Jack Walker 1 goal. Mike Economos had 2 assists.

March 22, 2019 – Utah at Allen. ESPN 700.

March 23, 2019 – Utah at Allen. Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

March 27, 2019 – Utah at Wichita. ESPN 700.

March 29, 2019 – Utah at Allen. Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM/HD-2. 

Game Day Blog: March 14th vs Rapid City

03/14/2019 3:25 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Open Series Tonight vs Rapid City

West Valley City, Utah – The Grizzlies begin a 3 game homestand against Rapid City tonight as Utah is looking for some revenge after getting swept in a 3 game series last week.

Caleb Herbert has 29 goals on the season. He’s 1 goal away from being the first player since Paul McIlveen scored 30 goals in the 2011-12 season. Utah has had some close calls as Ryan Walters last year, Barry Almeida in the 2015-16 season and Colin Vock in the 2012-13 season each had 29 goals in a season. Before McILveen, you have to go back to the 2009-10 season where current Grizzlies assistant coach Ryan Kinasewich had 48 goals and AJ Perry had 30. Herbert’s next goal will also be his 100th professional goal.

Jake Marchment is 1 goal away from his 50th career ECHL goal. Marchment has 15 goals and 20 assists this season.

Great news for the Grizzlies in terms of players returning from injuries. Forwards JT Henke and Jack Walker will each play for Utah tonight. Henke was named ECHL Rookie of the Month for December 2018 and Walker’s speed is always a threat. Walker has 5 goals and 10 assists on the season. Walker got the game winning goal on January 5th vs Wichita in overtime.

You can catch the game on ECHL.TV and can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM as well as in HD at 104.3 FM/HD-2. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 where Tyson Whiting has the call of the game. There is a Food Drive Presented by Ford at the game tonight.

Rapid City Rush at Utah Grizzlies. Thursday March 14, 2019. 7 pm face-off.

It’s the only Thursday home game of the season for the Grizzlies. There are only 5 home games left in the regular season.

Utah has a record of 4-5-0-2 vs Rapid City this season.

Utah has scored just 7 goals in the last 7 games against Rapid City, all of them going up against Rush goaltender Adam Carlson. Carlson has 3 shutouts vs Utah this season as he had a shutout on December 1st. Friday, March 8th was the 4th time this season the Grizzlies have been shut out. Carlson stopped each of the first 70 shots on him last week vs Utah.

Grizzlies Shut Out 4 Times

December 1st – Rapid City’s Adam Carlson stopped all 33 shots. Rush won 3-0.

February 16th – Kansas City’s Mason McDonald stopped all 18 shots. KC won 3-0.

March 6th – Rapid City’s Carlson stopped all 24 shots. Rush won 1-0.

March 8th – R.C’s Carlson stopped all 41 shots. Rush won 3-0.

Last game

Grizzlies got a standings point in a 3-2 shootout loss to Rapid City. Utah got a 1st period goal from Cole Ully with 3:51 left. Ully has 4 goals in his last 6 games. Jake Marchment gave Utah a 2-1 lead on a power play goal with 8:35 remaining. Rush forward Cedric Montminy tied up the game with 13 seconds left. Rapid City was 2 for 5 on the power play, while the Grizzlies were 1 for 8.

This Season vs Rapid City

Cole Ully. He has 4 goals and 4 assists in 11 games vs the Rush. He has a point in 6 of the 11 games. Caleb Herbert has 3 goals and 8 assists vs Rapid City in 11 games this year.

Special teams have been interesting vs Rapid City. In the first weekend of the regular season the Grizzlies were 5 for 13 on the power play. In the last 9 head to head games, Utah is 2 for 48 on the power play. Grizzlies are currently 5th in the league with a 20.9% PP. Utah’s penalty kill was 10 for 12 in the 3 games this week.  Utah’s power play was 1 for 17.

Josh Dickinson’s Off to Colorado

Forward Josh Dickinson has been assigned to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. He had a good month of February as he had 2 goals and 10 assists in 12 games and is a candidate for ECHL Rookie of the Month. Dickinson got off to a good start to March as he had a short-handed goal to tie up the game in the third period on March 1st and had the game winning goal in overtime on March 2nd.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 0-3 at Rapid City

Grizzlies lost 1-0 on March 6th, lost 3-0 on March 8th and lost 3-2 in a shootout on March 9th. 

Overall record: 32-20-4-4

Home record: 19-10-1-1

Road record: 13-10-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Rapid City on March 14, 16, 18)

Last 10 games: Utah is 1-6-0-3

Goals per game: 3.27 (11th in league). It’s the first time all season the Grizzlies are outside the top ten in goals per game.

Goals against per game: 2.95 (tied 8th). 

Shots per game: 31.97 (13th). 

Shots against per game: 28.73 (4th). 

Power play: 20.9 % (Tied 5th). 

Penalty Kill: 86.2 % (Tied 3rd). PK is 40 for 42 last 8 games.

1st Period Scoring: Utah 59 Opponents 50.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 73 Opponents 58.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 58 Opponents 61.

Utah is 3rd in the Mountain Division with 72 standings points. Despite losing 10 of their last 11 games, they are still only 3 points behind Idaho and 2 points behind Tulsa.   

Gabriel Verpaelst Makes 2019 Home Debut

Grizzlies acquired defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst from the Wichita Thunder for defenseman Nolan De Jong. Verpaelst played in 14 regular season and 4 playoff games for the Grizzlies in the 2016-17 season. Verpaelst has championship experience as he was a member of the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. He scored the biggest goal of the year as he got the game winning goal in game 7 of the finals vs Florida with under 3 minutes left in regulation. Tonight is Verpaelst’s first home game in his 2nd stint in Utah.

February Recap

Utah went 5-5-1-1 in 12 games in the month of February, picking up 12 standings points (1 per game). The month didn’t end well as Utah lost the last 6 games.

The bright spot of February was a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads on Feb. 6, 8-9. Mitch Maxwell had a 2 goal game to complete the sweep on Feb. 9.

Gage Ausmus had a game winning goal on Feb. 15 in overtime. It was his first and to date, only goal in a Utah uniform. It was the last time the Grizzlies have won a game.

Ryan Walters led Grizzlies skaters with 9 goals in February. Walters added 6 assists for 15 points (Which led team).

Josh Dickinson has 2 goals and 10 assists in 11 games in February. Dickinson has 5 different games where he had 2 assists.

Turner Ottenbreit had 4 goals and 4 assists in the month. Ottenbreit led the Grizzlies with a +6.  

Caleb Herbert had 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in 10 games.

Mike Economos was 2nd on the team with 5 goals in February.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 4th in the league with 29 goals and is also tied for 2nd in the league with 63 points. Herbert is 4th in the league with 22 power play points. Herbert is tied for 4th in the league with 6 Game Winning Goals. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 185 PIM.

Injuries

Grayson Downing missed 8 straight games before returning to the lineup on Friday vs R.C.  He missed Saturday’s game vs Rush.

JT Henke has missed the last 11 games. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. He’s been a big loss for Utah as they are just 2-6-3 since he got hurt.

Forward Austin Carroll and Jack Walker have each been out since January 30th.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

This Week’s Radio Broadcasts

Thursday, March 14th Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

Saturday, March 16th Rapid City at Utah  7:00 pm – Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

Monday, March 18th Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm -  ESPN 700.

Homestand Promotions

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Food Drive Presented by Ford.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Military Night Presented by Mark Miller Subaru (Specialty Jerseys), Beer Fest.

Monday, March 18, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Last Week’s Games

March 6th Rapid City 1 Utah 0 – Adam Carlson 24 save shutout for R.C.

March 8th Rapid City 3 Utah 0 – Adam Carlson 41 save shutout for R.C.

March 9th Rapid City 3 Utah 2 Shootout – Cole Ully (14) and Jake Marchment (15) scored goals for Utah. Caleb Herbert had 2 assists. Kevin Carr stopped 25 of 27 shots.

Game Day Blog: March 8th at Rapid City

03/08/2019 1:28 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Game Day Blog in Rapid City: March 8th, 2019

By: Tyson Whiting

It’s a good Friday in Rapid City and a great day for hockey as the Utah Grizzlies are taking on the Rapid City Rush in the 2nd game of the 3 game series at 7:00 pm on ESPN 700 radio and ECHL.TV.

It’s also the 2nd game of 6 straight games between the two teams and for the Grizzlies, the hope is that they can get a few past Rush goaltender Adam Carlson. It’s been easier said than done. Carlson has allowed just 5 goals in his last 5 games vs Utah, including 2 shutouts. The Rush won 1-0 on Wednesday night as Utah outshot Rapid City 24 to 20.

Joe Cannata was real good on Wednesday night as he stopped 19 of 20 shots. Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts.

Forward Josh Dickinson was assigned to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles yesterday afternoon. Dickinson had the game winning goal 21 seconds into overtime on March 2nd vs Maine. Dickinson had a good month of February, where he had 2 goals and 10 assists in 12 games and was a candidate for ECHL Rookie of the Month.

We will see if tonight is a great night for 2 standings points and the Grizzlies need the victory as they are just 3 points behind both Tulsa and Idaho for first place in the Mountain Division standings.

Oh, and if you ever find yourself in Rapid City near the arena, I recommend a Mexican restaurant called La Costa. It’s really good. You can catch tonight’s game on ESPN 700, espn700sports.com or on ECHL.TV.

Utah Grizzlies at Rapid City Rush. Friday March 8, 2019. 7 pm face-off.

Utah has a record of 4-4-0-1 vs Rapid City this season. Rapid City has won 5 of the last 6 head to head games.

Utah has scored just 5 goals in the last 5 games against Rapid City, all of them going up against Rush goaltender Adam Carlson.

Last game

In a game dominated by defense and goaltending, Rapid City wins a 1-0 snoozer at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on March 6th. Alec Baer scored the lone goal of the game with 1:11 left in the second period. Cole Ully led the team with 6 shots on goal. Caleb Herbert had 4 shots and Josh Dickinson had 3. That’s 13 of the 24 Grizzlies shots from the top forward line. Gabriel Verpaelst played a solid defensive game in his 2nd stint debut with the Grizz.

Recently vs R.C

Utah scored 5 goals in a 3 game series on Dec. 12, 14-15 at Maverik Center. 4 of the 5 goals were scored by players who are not expected to play for Utah. JT Henke was amazing that week. He had 3 goals and 1 assist that week, including 2 goals and 1 assist on Dec. 15. Henke has been out since Feb. 9 due to injury. Henke won ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.

One guy who is back in the lineup and has played well vs R.C is Cole Ully. He has 3 goals and 4 assists in 9 games vs the Rush. He has a point in 5 of the 9 games. Caleb Herbert has 3 goals and 6 assists vs Rapid City in 9 gamesthis year.

Special teams have been interesting vs Rapid City. In the first weekend of the regular season the Grizzlies were 5 for 13 on the power play. In the last 7 head to head games, Utah is 1 for 35 on the power play. Grizzlies are currently 3rd in the league with a 21.6 % PP. Utah’s penalty kill was 3 for 3 on Wednesday night.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1-1 vs Maine

Grizzlies lost 4-1 on Feb. 27, lost 4-3 in a shootout on March 1 and won 4-3 in overtime on March 2nd. 

Overall record: 32-19-4-3

Home record: 19-10-1-1

Road record: 13-9-3-2

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Rapid City on March 6, 8-9)

Last 10 games: Utah is 2-6-0-2.

Goals per game: 3.34 (Tied for 8th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.95 (tied 7th)

Shots per game: 31.78 (14th). 24 shots on March. 6 vs R.C.

Shots against per game: 28.83 (4th). 20 shots against on March. 6 vs R.C.

Power play: 21.6 % (3rd). 

Penalty Kill: 86.5 % (3rd). PK is 33 for 33 last 6 games. Utah is only .5% away from first.

1st Period Scoring: Utah 58 Opponents 49.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 73 Opponents 57.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 57 Opponents 58.

Utah is 3rd in the Mountain Division with 71 standings points. Despite losing 8 of their last 9 games, they are still only 3 points behind Idaho and Tulsa for first place.  

Grizzlies Acquire Gabriel Verpaelst in a Trade

Grizzlies acquired defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst from the Wichita Thunder for defenseman Nolan De Jong. Verpaelst played in 14 regular season and 4 playoff games for the Grizzlies in the 2016-17 season. Verpaelst has championship experience as he was a member of the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. He scored the biggest goal of the year as he got the game winning goal in game 7 of the finals vs Florida with under 3 minutes left in regulation. He’s got quite a slapshot and displayed it with the Grizzlies 2 years ago as he won the hardest shot competition at the Grizzlies 2017 skills competition. De Jong finished his Utah career with 2 goals and 18 assists in 37 games. Both blueliners are good players and it feels like a win-win trade for both teams.

February Recap

Utah went 5-5-1-1 in 12 games in the month of February, picking up 12 standings points (1 per game). The month didn’t end well as Utah lost the last 6 games.

The bright spot of February was a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads on Feb. 6, 8-9. Mitch Maxwell had a 2 goal game to complete the sweep on Feb. 9.

Gage Ausmus had a game winning goal on Feb. 15 in overtime. It was his first and to date, only goal in a Utah uniform. It was the last time the Grizzlies have won a game.

Ryan Walters led Grizzlies skaters with 9 goals in February. Walters added 6 assists for 15 points (Which led team).

Josh Dickinson has 2 goals and 10 assists in 11 games in February. Dickinson has 5 different games where he had 2 assists.

Turner Ottenbreit had 4 goals and 4 assists in the month. Ottenbreit led the Grizzlies with a +6.  

Caleb Herbert had 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in 10 games.

Mike Economos was 2nd on the team with 5 goals in February.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is tied for 3rd in the league with 29 goals and is also tied for 2nd in the league with 61 points. Herbert is 4th in the league with 22 power play points. Herbert is tied for 4th in the league with 6 Game Winning Goals. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 181 PIM.

Injuries

Grayson Downing has missed the last 8 games to injury.

JT Henke has missed the last 10 games. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. He’s been a big loss for Utah as they are just 2-6-2 since he got hurt.

Forward Austin Carroll and Jack Walker have each been out since January 30th.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Next Homestand Promotions

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Food Drive Presented by Ford.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Military Night Presented by Mark Miller Subaru (Specialty Jerseys), Beer Fest.

Monday, March 18, 2019 – Rapid City at Utah 7:00 pm – Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Games Last Week

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Maine Mariners at Utah Grizzlies – Maine Wins 4-1. Cole Ully scores a power play goal in his first game since Dec. 29. Joe Cannata stopped 24 of 28 shots.

Friday, March 1, 2019 – Maine Mariners at Utah Grizzlies– Maine Wins 4-3 in a shootout. Cole Ully and Caleb Herbert 1 goal 1 assist each. Josh Dickinson shorthanded goal to tie the game in the 3rd period. Eric Freschi 2 assists. Utah was a perfect 12 for 12 on the penalty kill.

Friday, March 2, 2019 – Maine Mariners at Utah Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3 in Overtime. Josh Dickinson OT GWG 21 seconds into the extra session. Cole Ully and Caleb Herbert 1 goal 1 assist each. Taylor Richart 2 assists. Utah 2 for 7 on the power play and 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.

Games This Week

March 6, 2019 – Utah at Rapid City. Rush won 1-0. Adam Carlson shutout for R.C. Grizzlies outshot Rush 24-20.  

Friday, March 8, 2019 – Utah at Rapid City 7:00 pm – TBD.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Utah at Rapid City 7:00 pm – Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM/HD-2. 

Grizzlies Begin 3 Game Road Trip on Friday Night

02/22/2019 2:19 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Gameday Blog in Allen

It’s the first time the Grizzlies have been in Allen as they take on the Americans for the first game of a 3 game in 3 day series in the Lonestar state. The Grizzlies are in second place in the Mountain Division with 67 standings points on the year, though the Grizz have the best winning percentage in the division at .657.

The Grizzlies have been a good road team this season with a record of 13-6-3-1 away from Maverik Center. Utah had 9 of a possible 12 standings points on their most recent 6 game road trip. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73 on the road this year.

Tonight’s game is at 6:00 pm mountain time (7 pm local start). You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM-HD-2. Cc1370.com.

Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans (6:00 Mountain Time).

● 6th meeting between Utah and Allen this season. Utah has a 4-1 record vs Allen. Each of the first 5 games were at Maverik Center.

● Grizzlies are third in the league with 28.02 shots-against per game.

Utah has standings points in 8 of their last 10 games. They had points in 8 straight games before losing 2 in a row to the KC Mavericks.

Ryan Walters has 7 goals in his last 8 games.

Joe Cannata has 3 shutouts vs Allen this season.

Caleb Herbert Returns/ Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert comes back from spending the past week with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Herbert has 26 goals and 27 assists on the season. Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league in goals and is tied for 6th in the league with 53 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 vs Kansas City

Grizzlies won 4-3 in overtime on a Gage Ausmus GWG om Feb. 15. Utah lost 3-0 on Feb. 16. Grizzlies lost 5-2 on February 18th.

Overall record: 31-15-4-1

Home record: 18-9-1. Utah has outscored opponents 91 to 70 at home.

Road record: 13-6-3-1. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73.

This Week's Games: (Utah is and at Allen on Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1

Goals per game: 3.43 (Tied 7th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.80 (Tied 5th). 

Shots per game: 31.24 (17th). 

Shots against per game: 28.20 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.8 % (4th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.0 % (7th).

Grizzlies Went 4-2 Last Homestand

The Grizzlies won each of the first 4 games of the homestand, including a 3 game sweep vs Idaho as well as a 4-3 overtime win vs Kansas City in the first game of a 3 game series. In the first 4 games, Utah outscored opponents 16 to 9. In the last 2 games, Utah lost by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. The 3-0 loss on Feb. 16 was the first time the Grizzlies were shut out in a game since December 1st at Rapid City.

Allen This Week

It’s the 6th season meeting between the two teams and first at the Allen Events Center.

December 30th- Allen Won 4-2 – Austin Carroll and Julien Nantel scored goals for Utah. Joe Cannata 30 for 34 saves.

December 29th – Utah Won 3-0 – Joe Cannata 28 save shutout. 3rd straight shutout vs Allen. JT Henke 2 goals. Julien Nantel 1 goal 1 assist.

November 24th – Utah Won 5-3 – Cole Ully, Caleb Herbert and Tim McGauley each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kevin Carr 36 for 39 saves. JT Henke, Matt Berry each had 2 assists.

November 23rd – Utah Won 5-0 – Caleb Herbert 2 goals. Matt Berry 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 4 assists. Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves.

November 21st – Utah Won 4-0 – Joe Cannata 18 save shutout. Matt Berry 3 goals 1 assist. Caleb Herbert 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 2 assists.

Utah’s power play is 5 for 25 against Allen this year. Grizzlies penalty kill is 21 for 24 vs Allen.

Grizzlies Sign Forward Joseph Mizzi

Utah signs forward Joseph Mizzi, who had been playing with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League). He had 5 shots on goal in his Grizzlies debut on Feb. 15.

Mizzi has 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Mizzi is 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He’s 20 years old.

Injuries

JT Henke is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Who’s Been Great Lately

Ryan Walters has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 8 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 games.

Josh Dickinson has 1 goal and 11 assists in his last 12 games.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 54-43 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 65-47.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .657. It’s the third best in the Western Conference (Cincinnati and Toledo).

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times. Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals (5th 2 goal game of the year), Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Caleb Herbert got his 24th goal of the season.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Caleb Herbert and Ryan Walters also tallied goals. Kevin Carr wins his 3rd game of the week.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3 in OT. Gage Ausmus GWG. Grayson Downing 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah loses 3-0.  

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah lost 5-2. Caleb Herbert and Nolan De Jong each scored goals for the Grizzlies. Kevin Carr 32 for 37 saves.  

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