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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.