Game Day Blog Entry: November 29
11/29/2014 5:30 PM - Adrian Denny
Strange night last night in Stockton as the Grizzlies fell to the Thunder.
Utah had a season-high 18 shots in the second period to Stockton’s six but the game went from 1-0 Stockton to 4-1 in that 20 minutes. Utah outshot Stockton 36-22 in the game, but the plus-14 shot differential was their largest of the year over an opponent.
43 penalty minutes last night by the Grizzlies was the most that they have had in a game this year. As the wheels fell off, 12 seconds between goals five and six tied the fastest back-to-back goals against in team history.
Utah enters the night with the best penalty-killing unit in the ECHL for the first time this year at 89-percent.
Tonight is the battle of the two teams that have struggled against Stockton but have been strong against the rest of the ECHL. Utah is 0-1-0-1 against the Thunder and Bakersfield is 2-5 against the 8-11 Stockton team.
However the Grizzlies are 4-1-0-1 against everyone other than Colorado and Stockton while the Condors are 7-3-1-1 against the rest of the ECHL besides Stockton.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 28
11/28/2014 10:19 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies start a stretch of five games in nine nights in four different cities tonight. Utah will either be playing or traveling every day of this busy stretch.
As the Grizzlies start to come into their own in 2014-2015, it coincides with low shots and low goals for their opposition.
In the last three games, the Grizzlies have outscored the opposition a total of 4-3 with two 2-1 games and a 1-0 win. Utah’s previous low for a three-game stretch in goals allowed was seven.
Utah has allowed 28 shots or less in four-straight games after allowing 30 shots or more in eight of their first 11 games.
Matt Pelech, signed earlier this week and a veteran of 357 pro games, including 13 in the NHL will make his debut tonight with the Grizzlies playing with his brother Michael. It is the first time in their major junior and professional careers that they have been teammates. The two are separated by two years with Matt being 27 and Michael being 25. Their 20-year-old brother Adam is in his first pro season with the New York Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 22
11/22/2014 10:22 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies look for their fourth-straight win and their fourth win in eight nights tonight in Colorado.
4-2 goaltender Ryan Faragher has stopped 49 of 50 shots this week and 81 of 84 in his last three starts over the last nine days. He currently ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 2.11 goals-against-average. His .921 save percentage is just outside of the top five.
On the heels of his shorthanded game-winning goal Wednesday night, Alex Krushelnyski was called up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk for the second time this year. He had three shots last night in the Admiral’s 2-1 loss to Portland.
With the call-up, the Grizzlies will have a lineup addition tonight that will be announced at game time.
Anaheim has also reassigned goaltender Etienne Marcoux to Rapid City as Utah had been carrying three goalies.
The Grizzlies second ranked power-play in the ECHL hasn’t scored in three-straight games, mainly because they have only had seven combined power-play situations. Utah’s second best penalty-kill is 27 for their last 28.
Friday was a rare night off for everyone in the Pacific Division as several buildings had prescheduled concerts and other events.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 19
11/19/2014 11:27 AM - Adrian Denny
Riding a two-game winning streak, the Grizzlies look to continue their 2-1-0-2 stretch tonight starting a Wednesday, Saturday series in Colorado.
Utah is 4-1 when allowing 30 shots or less this year and 3-0-1-2 when they score the game’s first goal. T.J. Syner has scored Utah’s first goal in a game four times this year.
After only five power-play chances in the last two games, Utah’s power-play has dropped to third in the ECHL, while the penalty-kill remains second.
The Grizzlies are 4-2-0-1 against the rest of the ECHL and 1-3-1-1 against the Eagles. Colorado has not played since a 3-2 overtime win against the Grizzlies last Tuesday, while the Grizzlies went 2-1 against Ontario during that span. Utah’s lone road loss this year also came in Colorado as they are 2-1-0-1 away from home so far.
Taylor Vause, the leading scorer in the Colorado/Utah series so far with five goals and three assists for eight points in six games was called-up to the AHL earlier this week.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 17
11/17/2014 10:47 AM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies play game four of a four-game home stand looking for five of eight points and currently being 1-1-0-1
-The Grizzlies wrap up four games in seven nights at home tonight and won’t return home until Monday, December 1.
-Utah opens a four-game road stretch Wednesday and Saturday in Colorado.
-Utah is 2-1-0-2 in their last five games.
To The Road
-After opening the season with nine of their first 13 games at home, the Grizzlies will now play 12 of 15 games on the road starting Wednesday
-Utah is 2-1 this year against the Reign and 4-2-0-1 over the last seven games against the Reign the last two seasons.
-Utah has played some of their best hockey against Ontario this year with several season highs sent in two games against the Reign.
-Four goals in regulation Saturday and four goals in the third period were season highs.
-A 4-2 win Saturday was Utah’s largest margin of victory this year.
-Utah scored 1:00 in to the game on November 8 which was the Grizzlies fastest goal to start a game.
-18 shots allowed to Ontario on November 8 was a season low for the Grizzlies.
-Both Utah wins versus the Reign have come when trailing after two periods.
-However 18 shots Friday and 3 in the third period were season lows.
-Utah ranks second in the ECHL on the power-play and second on the penalty-kill.
-Saturday ended a stretch of 10-straight games with a power-play goal.
-Toledo is the only other ECHL team to be in the top five on the power-play and penalty-kill and they lead the ECHL in both categories.
-Utah is tied for the league lead with three power-play goals scored at home, but four goals allowed shorthanded is the most in the league.
-Barry Almeida (two goals, five assists) and Vinny Scarsella (one goal, six assists) each have seven power-play points for the Grizzlies.
-Seven of Almeida’s ten points have come on the power-play, seven of Scarsella’s eight points have come on the power-play.
-Utah is 19 for their last 20 on the penalty-kill and 13-13 on the PK against Ontario.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 15
11/15/2014 9:41 AM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies play game three of a four-game home stand after losing in a shootout 4-3 to Colorado Tuesday and 3-2 to Ontario Friday.
-Utah hosts Ontario tonight and Monday to complete four games in seven nights at home.
-Utah has skated to two-straight scoreless first periods with their opposition to start the week.
-Utah is 1-0-1-1 when leading after one period.
-The Grizzlies power-play has scored a goal in ten-straight games and is second in the ECHL with a 23.2-percent conversation rate.
-Utah is four for their last ten on the power-play.
-Barry Almeida (two goals, five assists) and Vinny Scarsella (one goal, six assists) each have seven power-play points for the Grizzlies.
-Seven of Almeida’s nine points have come on the power-play, seven of Scarsella’s eight points have come on the power-play.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is fourth of 28 teams in the league with an 89.3-percent kill rate.
-Utah is 16 for their last 17 on the penalty-kill and 10-10 on the PK against Ontario.
-Vinny Scarsella, Mike Colavecchia and Barry Almeida lead Utah with two multiple-point games.
-Barry Almeida has three goals and two assists in the last five games and a three-game scoring streak.
-Vinny Scarsella has five assists in his last five games and a three-game scoring streak.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 14
11/14/2014 10:49 AM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies play game two of a four-game home stand after losing in a shootout 4-3 to Colorado Tuesday.
-Utah hosts Ontario tonight, Saturday and Monday to complete four games in seven nights at home.
-The Grizzlies are riding their second three-game unbeaten streak of the year at 1-0-0-2 over the last seven nights.
Comings And Goings
-Defenseman Marc Cantin was called up to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday after totaling two goals and two assists in ten games for Utah.
-The team has reloaded on d by completing a trade with Greenville and acquiring second year pro Jacob Johnston who had one goal and three assists for four points in 10 games with the Road Warriors. He had five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 51 games last year with Evansville.
-The Grizzlies have also signed Gentry Zollars who had one goal and four assists for five points in 19 games last year here.
-With Etienne Marcoux and Ryan Faragher back from the AHL, the Grizzlies are now carrying three goaltenders with Joe Howe, who has lost his first two starts in shootouts, but still leads the team with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage having stopped 60 of 64 shots.
-The Grizzlies have been bitten hard by injuries early this year with three defensemen in Kevin Ryan, Channing Boe and Mike Folkes all on 21-Day-IR.
-Forwards Danick Paquette, Brent Gwidt and Johnny Searfoss remain day to day.
-Folkes was hurt last Saturday and Ontario’s Rocco Carzo serves game two of a two game suspension tonight as a result.
-The Grizzlies power-play has scored a goal in nine-straight games and are fourth in the ECHL with a 23.2-percent conversation rate.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is ninth of 28 teams in the league with an 88.5-percent kill rate.
Ontario, California or Canada?
-The Grizzlies have not seen a lot of Ontario over the last two seasons, playing the Reign three times in Utah in November last year and making one trip to the Inland Empire on February 10.
-Utah went 2-1-0-1 against Ontario last year.
-Utah beat the Reign 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in the first meeting between the two teams that started a stretch of four of five games against each other.
-They held the Reign to a season-low 18 shots on goal, including only three shots on goal in the second period.
-Outshooting Ontario 27-18 gave Utah their biggest shot differential of the year.
-Michael Pelech has scored a goal in five of six home games and in six of ten games overall.
-Pelech, with seven goals, is tied for fifth in the ECHL.
-H.T. Lenz has a goal in two-straight games.
-Barry Almeida has two goals and two assists in the last four games.
-Vinny Scarsella has three assists in his last four games.
-Alex Krushelnyski has a four-game scoring streak with one goal and three assists and one goal and five assists for six points in seven games.
Scoring First etc.
-The Grizzlies have scored the first goal in three-straight games and are now 2-0-1-2 when scoring first this year.
-T.J. Syner has scored Utah’s first goal three times this year. Utah is 1-0-1-1 when Syner scores the team’s first goal.
-Utah has scored a first period goal in nine-straight games.
-The Grizzlies have scored two goals in a period in four-straight games after having scored two goals in a period just twice in their first six games.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 11
11/11/2014 10:09 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah opens four home games in seven nights this evening and will host Ontario Friday, Saturday and Monday.
The Grizzlies and Eagles meet again after playing five games against each other in nine nights October 22-November 1. In their time apart, Colorado went 2-1 at home against Idaho while the Grizzlies again went 1-0-0-1 in California.
Michael Pelech leads Utah with four goals and two assists against the Eagles, while Barry Almedia has two goals and two assists in five games and Vinny Scarsella has one goal and three assists. Taylor Vause leads Colorado against Utah with four goals and three assists for seven points in five games.
After tonight, the Eagles are off until playing Utah at home again next Wednesday and Saturday.
At The Mav
-The Grizzlies are 1-3-1-0 at Maverik Center after losing just six times in regulation last year at home.
-However, the Grizzlies are not far behind last year’s pace after losing three times in their first nine games last year at home.
-Alex Gallant, acquired from Orlando on Friday will make his Grizzlies debut tonight and wear #65.
-Gallant led he SPHL last year with 251 penalty minutes in Columbus.
-He fought once this year in one game played in Orlando.
-His brother Brett is an AHL veteran and has played in the NHL with the Islanders.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 8
11/08/2014 3:56 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies are 1-0-1-1 when they score the first goal in a game like they did last night as they grabbed an early two-goal lead.
T.J. Syner scored Utah’s first goal in a game for the third time last night.
The Grizzlies on Friday completed a trade to bring Alex Gallant to Utah from Orlando, he had 251 penalty minutes last year in the SPHL and his brother Brett Gallant currently plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Utah also acquired Trevor Parkes from Greenville in exchange from Charles Roussel. Parkes had 31 goals and 33 assists for 64 points in 46 games with Toledo the last 2 seasons and nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 72 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL. It has not been disclosed whether the players will be in the lineup tonight in Ontario.
Ontario was idle last night and hasn’t played since a 7-2 win over Stockton Wednesday. The Reign are looking for their third-straight win after going 0-3-0-1 in a four-game stretch like the Grizzlies currently are on.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 7
11/07/2014 11:40 AM - Adrian Denny
With the call-ups of Etienne Marcoux and Ryan Faragher to Norfolk, the Grizzlies have 2 new goaltenders this weekend in California.
Joe Howe, enters his second pro season after going 10-3-4 with Cincinnati of the ECHL last year. He played four years of college hockey at Colorado College where he was teammates with Grizzlies rookie Alex Krushelnyski, he also played last year with Barry Almeida. While at Colorado College, he was acknowledged three times for academics.
Brandon Maxwell played last year in Sweden going 20-20-4 after going 19-3-9 with the University of Guelph the year before with a 1.92 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage. He went 78-51-14 during his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League and was drafted by Colorado in the 2009 NHL Draft and also attended Los Angeles Kings Prospects Camp this past summer.
The Grizzlies look to snap a three-game losing streak, Stockton has lost three-straight and five of the last six.
Meanwhile looking back at Colorado, who the Grizzlies played five-straight games before tonight, the Eagles continue to prosper as they beat then 6-1 Idaho 5-1 Wednesday night.
Tonight is the first time the Grizzlies will play a team other than Idaho or Colorado who currently have combined records of 12-4.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 1
11/01/2014 9:19 AM - Adrian Denny
This is the fifth and final game of five-straight in 11 days between the Grizzlies and Eagles. The two teams won’t be separated for long though as they’ll meet again November 11 for a Veterans Day contest at Maverik Center followed by action November 19 and 22 in Colorado.
Last night, Utah scored a power-play goal for the fifth-straight game and for the fourth time in five games did not allow a power-play goal. Michael Pelech scored both Utah goals, he has scored five goals in four Utah home games this year and a goal in each Utah home game. Pelech has scored five of Utah’s eight goals at home so far. Rookie H.T. Lenz had two assists to extend his scoring streak to two games with one goal and two assists. Rookie Mike Colavecchia had four shots to lead the team.
Utah now ranks sixth in the ECHL with a 23.5-percent power-play conversion rate at 8-34. Utah’s penalty-kill 20 for 21, which ranks seventh in the ECHL at a 91.3-percent clip. Colorado is 1-20 on the power-play in their first six games.
Michael Pelech leads Utah in scoring with five goals and one assist for six points in six games. He is tied for second in the league in goals scored.