Game Day Blog Entry: November 30
11/30/2013 10:20 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah has taken a 1-0 lead in the first 8:28 of the first period in three of their last four games.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 29
11/27/2013 12:00 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have been quick out of the gate on their Teddy Bear Toss night the last two years.
Last year, Brad Mills scored 3:33 into the first period to give Utah a 1-0 lead over Alaska on Black Friday.
The previous season, also the day after Thanksgiving, Bryan Cameron scored 3:46 into the first period to tie the game against Alaska.
Ben Meisner narrowly missed winning ECHL Goaltender of the Week this past week. He went 2-1 with a .990 goals-against-average and a .958 save percentage. Brian Foster of Stockton went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a save percentage of .954 last week.
This marks the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2005, that Utah hasn’t played Victoria or Alaska at home and it marks the eighth time in the last nine years that the Grizzlies have been home for Thanksgiving.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 23
11/23/2013 12:38 AM - Adrian Denny
Last year, the Grizzlies came to the Cow Palace for their first game ever and left with a 5-2 win and three of four points on the weekend November 17 and 18. In the process, they ended a six-game losing streak as they headed into Thanksgiving. While things aren’t as dire now, the Grizzlies will look to stay unbeaten in the ECHL at the nearly 75-year-old barn when they head in for action tonight at 8:30 p.m. and salvage something on this road trip that has seen them lose two one-goal games to two very good teams in Stockton and Idaho.
Rylan Galliardi played five games with San Francisco last year and had one goal and three assists for four points before being traded to Idaho. Danick Paquette started the season in San Francisco before being traded to Utah.
As heartbreaking as the first two games of this trip have been, the Grizzlies have been tied in the third period with two of the best teams in the west on their home ice before falling by a goal as they struggle to score goals. Utah has had a chance to win 11 of 13 games this year, with 10 of the last 11 games being tied in the third period.
The Grizzlies look to get in on what Idaho did Friday, by beating the Bulls 6-0, while San Francisco looks to take their frustration out on Utah; who is looking to leave California with a win on this three game in four-night trip.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 22
11/22/2013 12:14 PM - Adrian Denny
The close games continue for Utah. Nine of their last ten games have been tied in the third period.
In 10 of 12 games this year, Utah has either been tied, within a goal or ahead going to the third period. Utah is 4-4-1-1 in those contests.
Martin Lee and Michael Pelech each enter tonight with two-game scoring streaks after picking up assists Monday on the game-winning goal and on Utah’s first goal Wednesday.
Utah has allowed two goals in the last six first periods after allowing two first period goals here in their last game played in Stockton on November 3.
Stockton is 3-3-1-1 since beating Utah 6-1 here on November 3, Utah has gone 3-3 since then and won three of the last five after starting 1-3-1-1.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 20
11/20/2013 10:37 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies and Steelheads will be mirroring each other for the week. After playing each other tonight, they will both be in California this weekend. Utah plays in Stockton Friday and San Francisco Saturday. Idaho plays in San Francisco Friday and Stockton on Saturday and Sunday.
Rylan Galliardi has a four-game goal scoring streak for the Grizzlies. He had two goals and 10 assists for 12 points and a plus-11 in 15 games with Idaho last year after being acquired in a trade from San Francisco.
Galliardi's four-game goal scoring streak is tied with Idaho's Justin Mercier's for the longest current goal scoring streaks in the league right now.
Both teams have struggled in the second periods this season. Idaho has been outscored 15-8, Utah 11-5.
This is the first of five games this year between Utah and the Steelheads in Boise. After tonight, the two teams will not meet again until January 15, when the Grizzlies will close with 11 of their final 37 games against them.
When Utah and Idaho met opening night on October 18, Jamie MacQueen scored all four goals for the Grizzlies.
Over the next four nights, Utah will double their amount of road games played, which currently stands at three. Utah looks to quickly even up their road record, which right now stands at 0-3.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 18
11/18/2013 11:41 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have done a good job of drawing penalties this year, while also staying out of the penalty box. Utah has drawn 52 power-plays, to the oppositions 45. Utah has had more than or equal to power-plays to the opposition in nine of 11 games this year. Utah has scored a power-play goal in seven of 11 games this year and has now allowed a power-play goal in six of 11 games. Utah has only allowed more than one power-play goal once this year.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 16
11/16/2013 11:03 AM - Adrian Denny
Including tonight, Utah wraps up a stretch of four games in 14 nights. Starting Monday with Colorado, Utah starts a stretch of four games in six nights. They will be in Idaho Wednesday, Stockton Friday and San Francisco Saturday.
This is the first of 11 games with Colorado this year for Utah. All-time, Utah is 8-3-1-2 versus the Eagles at Maverik Center. Seven of the 14 games have been decided in shootouts and 10 of the 14 have been decided by one goal. Utah enters tonight winners of two-straight, Colorado is 4-0-1-0 in their last 5.
Goaltender Aaron Dell was loaned to the LA Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester on Friday as Ben Meisner was returned from the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
Pat O’Keefe is a plus-one in each of his first two games with the Grizzlies.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 11
11/11/2013 10:47 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah is 2-1-1-1 at Maverik Center this year, collecting standings points in four of their five home games.
The Series So Far
Game Day Blog Entry: November 9
11/09/2013 9:36 AM - Adrian Denny
As the Grizzlies added Mathieu Aubin and Michael Pelech last night after they arrived in Utah around noon, the duo hit the ice for the first time this season. It was definitely a smooth tranistion as Head Coach/GM Tim Branham said the two were the team's best players last night; despite both coming off of injuries and neither having played this year.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 8
11/08/2013 10:39 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies return to Maverik Center to start a five-game home stand, their longest of the year, this weekend with Ontario. The series continues Saturday and Monday at Maverik Center, before Colorado comes to West Valley City for action next Saturday and Monday. This marks the second of three-straight weekends, with Utah playing essentially on weekends only.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 2
11/02/2013 10:34 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies top line has scored 9 of their 12 goals this season with Jamie MacQueen (six goals), David Vallorani (two goals) and Berkley Scott (one goal) accounting for 75-percent of their scoring. Brent Gwidt (two goals) and Kris Hogg (one goal) have consisted of the Grizzlies secondary scoring.
For Utah, who has gone winless in three-straight one-goal games and scored seven total goals in the process, the lack of secondary scoring is a big issue right now. Utah is one secondary goal away from being unbeaten in four of five games with their number one line doing all of the scoring in three of Utah five games. For a team to be successful, they need all three lines scoring at least once in a while.
For Utah, who had outscored the opposition 6-1 on special teams going into last night with 14-straight penalty-kills, Stockton’s top ranked power-play scored three power-play goals. It was also the first night all year that the Grizzlies didn’t score a power-play goal and again with a one-goal loss there are so many areas where you can say, if the Grizzlies did one thing here, they at least get a standings point for going to overtime.
Last night’s loss was more frustrating by the fact that Utah led for 28:31 by a 2-1 score, but was never able to extend the lead.
Utah's goals this year have come in bunches. They have four two-goal periods in five games, accounting for 67-percent of their offense.
Utah isn't the only team in the Western Conference frustrated. 5 of the 9 teams out west are .500 or below and off to difficult starts. Bakersfield still hasn't won, Las Vegas has lost 5-straight after a 2-0 start, Idaho hasn't won two in a row yet after their rebound season last year and San Francisco has started to falter as they wrap up their eight-game road trip to start the year.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 1
11/01/2013 10:59 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies arrived in Stockton at 9 a.m. on Thursday and had a full day to practice and get ready for this weekend at the Stockton Arena.
With Igor Bobkov still in the AHL, it will be the first game this season that the Grizzlies see someone else in goal for a regular season game. Aaron Dell returned to Utah Monday evening after spending the first week of the ECHL season in Norfolk. Ben Meisner has been backing Bobkov up since he pitched a 22 save shutout against Idaho on October 12 to wrap up the preseason.
West Valley City native D.J. Jelitto will play for Utah for the first time since October 21, 2007. He will wear number 62.
Head Coach Tim Branham won two of three games in Stockton last year in the Kelly Cup Finals as Reading’s Assistant Coach on the way to the championship and his return to the visiting locker room and coaches office yesterday was his first trip into this building since celebrating the Cup championship last May.
Grizzlies defenseman Teigan Zahn, now under contract with Norfolk, played 34 games with Stockton last year when he was under contract with the Edmonton Oilers organization.
Tonight’s weekend features the second best penalty-kill with Utah’s 20-21 and Stockton’s number one ranked power-play at four-for-eleven.