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Game Day Blog Entry: October 27

10/27/2012 9:59 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies 4-1 record matches last year’s start through five games and matches Utah’s best start since the 2000-2001 season. Utah is one of four ECHL teams with a winning percentage of .800 or better, joining Trenton (.833), Elmira (.800) and Kalamazoo (.800.).

Last evening, Utah set season highs with 20 shots in the first period and 53 shots overall in the game. 25 shots allowed by Utah was a season-low for shots allowed and the first time this year that Utah has allowed less than 35 shots in a game. Six shots allowed in the first period was also a season-low for shots allowed. Mitch Wahl led Utah with ten shots on goal, Brad Mills had seven and Paul McIlveen had six. 15 of Utah’s 16 skaters had at least a shot on goal. All three Utah goals in regulation were scored 5-on-5. Utah outscored Colorado 3-1 5-on-5 in the 4-3 shootout win and is now outscoring the opposition 13-6 5-on-5 this year.

53 shots last night for Utah was more than they had last weekend in Alaska’s games combined. 53 shots in game was the most for Utah since they got 55 shots on goal January 30 at Maverik Center in a 5-4 comeback shootout win against Idaho. 20 of Utah’s 52 first period shots this season took place last night. Utah had been outshot 52-32 in the first periods before outshooting Colorado 20-6 last evening in the first period. Their shots-per-game average went from 25.25 per-game to 30.80. Two goals, in a 2:57 span in the first period by Paul McIlveen and Trevor Glass were Utah’s quickest back-to-back goals this year.

Four of Utah’s five games for the 4-1 Grizzlies have been tied or within a goal in the third period.

Utah has allowed three goals or less in all five games. Utah hasn’t allowed a first period goal in four-straight games.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 26

10/26/2012 9:19 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies have scored five goals in each of the first two Friday night games this year. Utah has scored first in all three wins.
The Grizzlies have tied or led this year in 164:47 of the 180:00 minutes played. Alaska’s 1-0 lead for the final 15:13 Saturday is Utah’s only deficit of the season.

Utah and Colorado meet for the first of 13 times on the year and the first of seven times at Maverik Center. After tonight, the Eagles won’t return to Utah until March 8, when they will be Utah’s final six home games of the year.


Last Year Versus Colorado
Paul McIlveen had seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games.
Kory Falite had four assists in two games.
Colin Vock had two goals and one assist in two games.
Last year, Engelage went 4-2 against Colorado with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage.


The Grizzlies went 3-0 in home openers this year.
-They beat Idaho 5-2 on October 12 in the Steelheads home opener.
-They beat Idaho 2-1 in their own home opener October 13.
-They beat Alaska 5-2 October 19 in their home opener.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: October 20

10/20/2012 11:25 AM - Adrian Denny

After last night’s 5-2 win, the Grizzlies now look for two-straight wins in Alaska for the first time ever.

Utah took two of three games here December 28-31 of 2007 and three of four points October 17-18, 2010.

In Utah’s six all-time wins in Alaska, they have scored five goals or more in all six victories and have tallied 17 of those 31 total goals in the second period. In total, Utah has outscored Alaska 17-6 in the second periods during their wins.

Ironically, Utah has five goals each in their first two road games this year and has outscored the opposition 7-1 in the middle frames overall. Five-on-five, the Grizzlies have been equally dominating this year, outscoring the opposition 10-4 and Alaska 5-1 last night.

Last night ended an eight-game winning streak for Alaska during their home openers, and dropped them to 8-2 in home openers since joining the ECHL in 2003.

Andrew Engelage continues to dazzle and is one of two 3-0 goaltenders in the ECHL, joining Trenton’s Scott Wedgewood.

Mitch Wahl, with one goal and two assists last night had his first multiple-point game of the year. Last year Wahl had 12 multiple-point games in 38 games played.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 19

10/19/2012 10:13 AM - Adrian Denny

While Alaska is well known for their fan support and the best home ice advantage in the league, the Grizzlies have actually averaged a higher attendance than the Aces over the last two regular seasons.
Utah has drawn 322,637 fans for an average of 4,482 per-game. Alaska has counted 316,801 total into Sullivan Arena for an average of 4,400 fans per evening.
 

Tonight starts a stretch for Utah of four games in just over a month against Alaska and ten games between now and December 16 against the Aces.
 

Alaska had a great weekend on special teams last weekend. That could be the key for Utah this weekend. The Aces went 5-8 on the power-play Friday in a 6-3 third period comeback win in Colorado. They also went 14-15 on the penalty-kill for the weekend. Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Colorado, they went 0-10.
 

Utah hasn’t trailed in a game this season. Last year, in their final game in Anchorage on January 7, they didn’t trail either. They took a 1-0 first period lead that they held until the third period, before losing in a shootout.
Grizzlies ties to Alaska this weekend include both Mark Isherwood and Kory Falite who both won championships here in 2011 as rookies. They were two rare Alaska players that didn’t return to the team last year.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 13

10/13/2012 2:04 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies current six-game winning streak against Idaho started here at Maverik Center on January 30 in a 5-4 shootout win. That game was 4-0 Idaho late in the second period.

Utah is looking for their first 2-0 start since 2008. A crowd of more than 7,192 tonight will be Utah’s largest opening night crowd since 2001. Last night all winning teams in the Western Conference scored four goals or more.

After one night of action, the Grizzlies already have several league leaders. Riley Armstrong leads the league with three goals, Tommy Maxwell leads the league with 12 penalty minutes and two fighting majors. Armstrong’s three points and seven shots are tied for the league lead. Andrew Engelage ranked second with 37 saves and his .947 save percentage was third last night.

14 of Utah’s 16 skaters had at least one shot on goal and 11 of their 16 skaters had at least one point.


This is the fourth meeting in nine days between the two teams who Utah will see four times in the first seven games.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 12

10/12/2012 10:10 AM - Adrian Denny

For the second-straight year, Utah and Idaho will open the season against each other after previously testing the waters the weekend before in preseason games where they also went head-to-head.

However, as we mentioned in the season preview, both teams will be completely overhauled after the AHL trickledown this past week and both teams will start goaltenders this weekend that did not participate in preseason action.

Last year Idaho beat Utah 4-1 in a lethargic opening night at Maverik Center to open the season, while Utah returned to Idaho the next night and returned the favor with a  3-2 win. That game started a seven-game winning streak for the Grizzlies.

Kevin Colley was a teammate with new Idaho Head Coach Brad Ralph when the two played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Oshawa Generals from 1997-99. Ralph is the only coach in the conference younger than Colley.

Ryan Watson, Nick Tuzzolino, Ryan Howse and August Aiken will not play tonight. Tuzzolino is recovering from a minor injury and Howse came up ill prior to the team leaving for Boise.

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