Game Day Blog Entry: March 30
03/30/2013 9:07 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah has won five-straight games and is 4-0 under Kevin Colley on the last game of the regular season.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 29
03/29/2013 9:53 AM - Adrian Denny
Wednesday, Utah built a 5-0 lead, their largest lead of the season and held on for the 5-2 win. Utah’s four goal second period was the highest scoring period of the year this season. It was their second win in three games against the Eagles in which they got five goals from five different players. Utah has led after one period in 3 of the last 4 games at home and against Colorado.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 27
03/27/2013 9:23 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah returns home after going 2-0-0-4 on a six-game road swing to Bakersfield, San Francisco and Las Vegas. This is Utah’s first home game in 18 days, since a 3-2 overtime win against Colorado on March 10. Utah hosts Colorado for the first of three games, with the two teams meeting again Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Utah took five of six points and two-straight wins against Colorado March 7, 9 and 10. Utah is 3-0-1-0 against Colorado this year at home, with three of the four games going past regulation.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 24
03/24/2013 10:28 AM - Adrian Denny
After a frustrating 0-3-0-1 record versus Las Vegas at home this year, Utah looks to go 3-1 at Orleans Arena this year, where they have outscored the Wranglers 7-1 over the last two games here.
Adam Estoclet (four goals, 11 assists) and Colin Vock (seven goals, six assists), each now have seven-game scoring streaks.
During the course of Utah’s season-long eight-game unbeaten streak, the Grizzlies have trailed 11 separate times, 10 by one goal and once by two goals. They have battled back to at least tie each time they have fallen behind and have trailed in every game of the unbeaten stretch.
Goaltender Ben Meisner, who has burst onto the scene for Utah on this road trip leads Utah goalies this year with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage.
Utah’s eight-game unbeaten streak, their third longest since joining the ECHL has also tied their third longest road unbeaten streak since 2005 at 2-0-0-4. Utah had a seven-game unbeaten streak on the road in 2005-2006. They went unbeaten in ten-straight road games January 27-March 2 of 2009.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 23
03/23/2013 10:25 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies will add two more college standouts to the roster for this weekend’s action.
Brent Gwidt, who was the captain at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will make his professional debut tonight after joining Utah last night. He is 6’2”, 222 pounds and was selected by Washington in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition, the team has added a puck moving defenseman in Darren Rowe from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He had six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 33 games during his just completed senior season, which included season-highs in every statistical category.
In addition, the Grizzlies have two very important bodies on the trip who essentially haven’t played games in over two months. We will see if the two return to the lineup tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Utah’s seven-game unbeaten streak at 3-0-1-3 is tied for their third longest unbeaten streak since they joined the ECHL. They won seven-straight games last year from October 15-November 4. They won nine-straight games from October 29-November 24 in 2005 and went unbeaten in ten-straight games from January 9-February 4 of 2009 at 2-0-3-5.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 17
03/17/2013 11:51 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have turned into a resilient group. They have come back to tie the game in four-straight third periods, including last night when they tied the game at 3,4 and 5 in the third period. Over the last seven days, Utah has rallied back from nine one-goal deficits to tie. The key being that they haven’t fallen behind my more than one goal in the stretch. Utah has had only two one-goal leads in the last week.
Utah has also had success on special teams as of late, going 6-0-2-2 in their last 10 games when scoring a power-play goal as they did last night. Utah also moved to 6-1-0-1 when not allowing a power-play goal as they did last night.
Today wraps up six-straight weeks for Utah in which they have played four games in five nights five times and four games in six nights once. The Grizzlies will get five days off before their next game Saturday in Las Vegas.
The Grizzlies (2-0-1-3) can set a new season-high with a seven-game unbeaten streak today, which would be their longest since they won seven-straight games October 15-November 4 of last season.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 16
03/16/2013 3:43 PM - Adrian Denny
Ben Meisner’s first two games with the Grizzlies have been impressive as he has turned in Utah’s fifth best back-to-back starts this season by stopping 67 of the 71 shots that he has seen for a .943 save percentage and the fourth best back-to-to back starts based on goals-against-average with a 1.85.
Meisner’s first two starts with Utah are very comparable to some of Utah’s best goaltenders the last five years in J.P. Lamoureux, Mikko Koskinen and Nathan Lawson. Lawson stopped 63 of 65 (.969 save percentage) for Utah in 2007 going 2-0 after being claimed off of waivers from Phoenix. Mikko Koskinen started 2-0 by stopping 73 of 77 shots (.948 save percentage). Lamoureux stopped 70 of 75 shots (.933 save percentage).
Utah brings seven former San Francisco players back to the Cow Palace tonight who played a combined total of 71 games here this season. The building is over 70 years old and a lot of visiting teams don’t make the adjustment well to the dim lighting, small ice surface, the stairs that lead from the visiting locker room to the ice and more; which seems to be an excuse to not play well here. The Grizzlies went 1-0-0-1 in San Francisco in November.
The Bulls have been off since a 7-2 win in Stockton Wednesday. Utah arrived in San Francisco at 4 a.m. after a ride from Bakersfield, which is the equivalent of Salt Lake to Boise.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 15
03/15/2013 10:21 AM - Adrian Denny
Ben Meisner, who stopped 34 of 35 shots Wednesday in his professional debut; made the first save, controlled rebounds and was also good with the glove. He saw nearly 40 shots a game in college and left American International College ranked 12th all time in the NCAA with 3,684 saves. Meisner’s college career came to an end last Saturday and he was on a flight to Bakersfield Tuesday to join Utah.
Adam Estoclet (one goal, five assists) and Colin Vock (three goals, three assists) each have six points in the last two games.
Utah is 6-0-2-0 in their last eight games when scoring a power-play goal.
The Grizzlies had healthy scratches Wednesday for the first time since November 2 that they have had extra healthy bodies not in the lineup.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 13
03/13/2013 9:16 AM - Adrian Denny
A win today or any kind of overtime or shootout loss will officially clinch the Grizzlies their sixth-straight playoff appearance.
With goaltender and Bruins prospect Adam Morrison getting called up yesterday, the Grizzlies expect to be adding a goaltender who just finished his college career where he saw a lot of minutes and a lot of shots on the east coast. His save percentage increased every year and he finished this season with a .923 save percentage with his finale just last Saturday. He also beat a team ranked in the top three in the country. The amateur tryout agreement will appear in today’s transactions.
In addition to Nick Tuzzolino, Utah will also add another AHL player back to the lineup today. That roster add will be appearing in both the AHL and ECHL transactions shortly.
Utah looks for a four-game unbeaten streak for the first time since December 15-31 when they went 3-0-1-2. The Grizzlies are unbeaten in six of their last eight games in regulation at 4-2-1-1.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 10
03/10/2013 12:14 PM - Adrian Denny
A win gives Utah five of eight standings points for the second-straight week after going 2-1-0-1 last week as they currently stand at 1-1-1-0 this week. Utah hits the road for four games in five nights Wednesday and Friday for their only trip of the year to Bakersfield and Saturday, Sunday with San Francisco. Utah’s final three games of the regular season at home are March 27,29 and 30 when they welcome back Colorado for a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday set.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 9
03/09/2013 10:42 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah has outshot the Eagles 33-13 and outscored them 3-0 in the first period at home this year. Utah and Colorado have gone past regulation in both games at Maverik Center this year and in three of eight contests overall. In two years at Maverik Center, the two teams have gone past regulation in five of ten games.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 8
03/08/2013 10:19 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah played Wednesday night with a full lineup of 16 skaters for the first time since February 10 and the first time in 13 games. Utah has had 16 skaters just four times in the last 27 games due to injuries. Utah has played with a full lineup this year just 21 times in 60 games and 11 times in the last 49 games.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 6
03/06/2013 10:39 AM - Adrian Denny
All four players acquired yesterday from San Francisco arrived in Utah last evening and will make their debuts tonight.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 2
03/02/2013 10:36 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies wrap up a stretch of 21 games in 36 days, 11 games in 18 nights and seven games in nine nights this evening in Boise.
A win tonight gives Utah a 3-1 week, which with the lightness of the schedule in the first 3 months of the year, would be Utah’s first three win week this year.
It is the seventh-straight three or four game series that with a win, they have a chance to take two of three or at least split.
It is the 13th and final meeting of the year between Utah and Idaho. A win/overtime, shootout loss; gives Utah their second-straight series win against the Steelheads after going 8-4-0-1 last year.
Utah is starting to get close to officially clinching their sixth-straight playoff appearance. Their magic number is 13 standings points. Anytime Bakersfield loses or Utah wins, two points shave off of that. The very earliest Utah could clinch would be next Saturday.
Game Day Blog Entry: March 1
03/01/2013 10:22 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have done a lot of things right this week during their two-straight one-goal wins. They are 2-8 on the power-play and they have stayed out of the penalty box and are perfect on only 5 shorthanded situations.
Utah has also earned these four points in the standings by battling back from 1-0 deficits and one-goal third period deficits each game as well.
Gaelan Patterson has continued to lead Utah as of late with three goals in the last two games and four goals in the last five games.
James Martin also has a three-game scoring streak with two goals and one assist, tying his longest scoring streak of the year.