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Game Day Blog Entry: April 27

04/27/2015 9:49 AM - Adrian Denny

The Weekend

-Utah erased a 2-1 series deficit headed into Friday by outscoring the Steelheads 9-3 on the road this weekend to return home with a 3-2 lead and a chance to close things out tonight.
-Igor Bobkov stopped 62 of 65 shots on the weekend and had a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .953 save percentage.
-Utah was led by their number one line who combined for 12 points on the weekend with Brenden Walker having one goal and three assists, Mathieu Aubin with four assists and Michael Pelech with two goals and two assists.
-Utah went 11-11 on the penalty-kill.
 
Elimination Games/Advancing
-Utah is 4-0 all-time with a chance to eliminate their opponent in the ECHL playoffs.
-A win tonight, advances Utah to second round for third time in six years and fourth time in eight seasons.
 
Series Trends
-The team that has outshot the other has won four of five games.
-Utah is 22-23 on the penalty-kill to lead the ECHL at 95.7-percent and Idaho is 17-19 on the PK.
-Idaho has scored the first goal in four of five games.
-Scoring is even 5-5 in the first, 5-4 Idaho in second and 8-2 Utah in third.
-Idaho is outshooting Utah 180-148 and has 41 or more shots in three of five games.
-All 3 Utah wins have come in regulation, both Idaho wins have come in overtime.
-The home team has lost three-straight games.
-The two teams alternated wins in the first four games, before Utah became the first team to win two-straight in game five.
-5-on-5 scoring is 13-12 Utah.
-Utah has erased all four Idaho leads (2-0 game 1, 2-0 game 2, 1-0 game 3, 1-0 and 2-1 in game 5)
-Utah has held four of five leads (3-2 game 2, 3-1 game 3, 3-0 game 4, 5-2 game 5).
-After three-straight one-goal games, Utah has added late empty-netters to win games four and five by three each.
 
Four Or More
-Utah has scored four goals or more in three-straight games.
-They scored four or more in three-straight games twice during the regular season.
 
Another One
-Tonight is the 10th meeting between the two teams since March 25.
-Tonight is the 20th meeting since October for the two teams, including the preseason.
-Utah is 11-6-3-1 when all 20 games are included.
 
Series Scorers
-Ryan Hayes is the only player on either side who has scored in all five games.
-Hayes is tied for second in scoring in ECHL playoffs.
-He has three goals and five assists for eight points.
-Michael Pelech (two goals, four assists) and Brenden Walker (three goals, three assists) are tied for second in scoring with six points each.
-Alex Krushelnyski has a four-game scoring streak with one goal and three assists for four points.
-T.J. Syner has scored in four of five games with two goals and three assists.
-Danick Paquette has four goals in five games and is tied for the ECHL lead with a plus-six.
-13 total Utah skaters have scored in the series so far.
 
Bobkov
-Igor Bobkov is 2nd in saves during the playoffs with 167 and third in save percentage at .928.
-He has allowed two goals or less in regulation in four of five games in the series.
-42 saves by Bobkov Friday night when he stopped 42/43 was the most he’s made with Utah over the last two seasons and tied the second most saves in his career in a game.
 
Kevin Lind
-Kevin Lind rejoined the Grizzlies from the AHL in Boise over the weekend and was a +2 in his first 2 pro playoff games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 25

04/25/2015 9:48 AM - Adrian Denny

If regular season rules applied to playoffs, Utah would be 2-0-2-0 and Idaho 2-2 as the Grizzlies have yet to lose in regulation. Utah would have six points and Idaho would have four, but that’s neither here nor there.

 
Igor Bobkov has turned in some of his best performances against Idaho this year and in this playoff series specifically. Last night, he stopped a season-high 42 shots in the 4-1 win. Game 1 here, he stopped 38 shots, the third most saves he has made this season. He has 36 or more saves in three of the four games played so far. His .929 save percentage is third in the ECHL in the playoffs so far and his 144 saves rank second in the league in the postseason. 
 
The Grizzlies have scored four or more in two-straight games, they did that only four times during the regular season and scored four or more three-straight twice.
 
So far, Idaho has taken the odd numbered games of the series, both in overtimes, while the Grizzlies have taken the even numbered games both on Friday. 
 
Ryan Hayes (three goals, three assists), Brenden Walker (two goals, three assists), Danick Paquette (four goals) and Michael Pelech (one goal, three assists) are all averaging at least a point-a-game for the Grizzlies in the playoffs so far.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 24

04/24/2015 9:50 AM - Adrian Denny

Defenseman Kevin Lind has returned to the Grizzlies after being called up to the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk on November 11. Any other lineup changes will be seen during warm-ups. 

 
Utah was 4-2-0-1 during the regular season when playing on four days rest or more.
 
The goaltenders in this series have almost identical numbers. Igor Bobkov has a .911 save percentage and Olivier Roy has a .907 save percentage.
 
Ryan Hayes leads all scorers in the series with two goals and three assists in three games and now has 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 35 career playoff games the last three seasons.
 
With Utah going 1-10 and Idaho 1-12, the Grizzlies would benefit from getting the power-play going. They were 22-10-4-3 during the regular season when scoring a power-play goal. Utah and Idaho have now combined for just 14 power-play goals in 17 playoff and regular season games against each other.
 
Idaho has scored the first goal in each game thus far and despite Utah coming back to tie each night, the Grizzlies would like to start with a lead after going 27-5-4-2 during the regular season when scoring first. The team that has scored first in this series has won seven of the last eight games.
 
The Grizzlies look to be the third fourth seed to challenge a one seed in what continues to prove seedings mean nothing in hockey playoffs. Fourth seeded Orlando has won two-straight and is now tied 2-2 with Florida. Wheeling has a 2-1 lead on Toledo entering game four tonight against the Walleye who had the best record in the ECHL during the regular season. In the other Pacific Division series, Ontario and Colorado enter tonight tied at two.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 18

04/18/2015 8:57 AM - Adrian Denny

Series So Far

-So far each team has won a 3-2 game on home ice and the aggregate scoring through two games is 5-5.
-Utah has fallen behind 2-0 in each game, but has rallied to tie in each game.
-Utah has outshot Idaho 47-37 and outscored them 5-3 since the start of the third period on Wednesday.
-Last night marked the second time since February 13, that Utah has erased a 2-0 deficit on Idaho and won 3-2.
-Utah looks for their fifth-straight win on home ice tonight going back to Saturday, March 28.
-Utah looks for their third-straight playoff win at home tonight before the series shifts back to Boise.
 
Individuals
-Danick Paquette leads all scorers in the series with three goals.
-Paquette is tied for the series lead with a plus-three.
-Paquette and Ryan Hayes , who has three assists, lead all scorers in the series with three goals.
-T.J. Syner has one goal and one assist in two games.
 
Bobkov
-Igor Bobkov has stopped 66 of 71 shots so far in the series and 62 of 65 shots since Idaho made it 2-0 on their sixth shot of the game on Wednesday.
-Bobkov is 15-5 at Maverik Center this year and 22-6-1-1 in his last 30 Maverik Center starts.
-Bobkov stopped 23-straight shots to finish game last night and held Idaho without a goal for the final 35 minutes and 21 seconds.
-He held Idaho without a goal for a 53:19 stretch on Wednesday.
-His .930 playoff save percentage is the best in the league for goaltenders who have played more than one game.
-Idaho goaltender Olivier Roy has stopped 46 of 51 shots for a .918 save percentage in the series
 
Special Teams Situations
-Utah is 8-8 on the penalty-kill in the series going 5-5 Wednesday and 3-3 Saturday.
-Four of the shorthanded situations have come with the team down 2-1, three with the game tied at 2 and one with Utah holding a 3-2 lead to end game last night.
-Utah is 1-6 on the power-play after going 1-4 Wednesday and 0-2 last night.
 
Playoff Performers
-Danick Paquette has four goals and two assists for six points in Utah’s last six playoff games and in seven career playoff games overall.
-With three assists in two games, Ryan Hayes now has 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 34 career playoff games over the last three seasons.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 17

04/17/2015 9:18 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah and Idaho finished the year tied for second in the ECHL with 22 1-goal wins.

 
-Three of Utah’s last four playoff games and five of the last seven overall have been decided in overtime.
 
Playoff Performer
-Danick Paquette has two goals and two assists for four points in Utah’s last five playoff games and in six career playoff games overall
 
"It's because of our fans, when you play in this building in front of these fans, the energy level just skyrockets." Tim Branham on "Monty In The Morning" on 1320 KFAN this morning on why the Grizzlies are a different team at home.
 
The Winner Plays…
-The winner of this series will play the winner of the Colorado/Ontario series that opens Thursday in California.
-Colorado won the series opener 4-2 Thursday after building a 4-0 second period lead. 
 
Wednesday Notes
-The game was 2-1 Idaho for 30 minutes and 39 seconds and Idaho led in the game for 37 minutes and 55 seconds.
-Ryan Hayes was the only player in the game with multiple-points with two assists.
-Utah went 1-4 on the power-play and 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill, including 4-for-4 down 2-1 and 1-for-1 late in the third period in 2-2 game. The power-play goal made it 2-1.
-Matt Pelech led Utah with six shots.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 15

04/15/2015 10:12 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies 5-1 finish ended them up at fifth place in the Western Conference and 11th overall in the 28 team ECHL.

Idaho has been off since playing the Grizzlies in their season finale last Wednesday.
 
The Grizzlies are familiar with the CenturyLink Arena as they make their seventh trip to Boise since the preseason. They will make their eighth trip here next week.  They went 3-3-1-0 in Boise during the regular season.  Utah is 23-24-2-5 in Boise over the last 8 seasons.
 
Both teams could help themselves in this series by converting on the power-play. Utah and Idaho both struggled against the other side’s penalty-kill during the regular season.  Utah went five-for-59 against Idaho, while Idaho went seven-for-58 on the power-play against Utah.
 
Mathieu Aubin (three goals, eight assists), Michael Pelech (four goals, four assists) and Alex Krushelnyski (two goals, six assists) combined for nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 33 games against Idaho.
 
Aubin finished the season with a season-high seven game scoring streak with three goals and six assists. 
 
Krushelnyski finished the season by scoring in eight of his final nine games with four goals and nine assists. He finished six in the ECHL in rookie scoring with 17 goals and 40 assists for 57 points in 62 games. He finished second among ECHL rookies with 40 assists. He also finished second among rookies with five game-winning goals.
 
Cam Wojtala finished the season with two four-game scoring streaks and scoring in eight of the final nine games with four goals and four assists.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 11

04/11/2015 10:37 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah is 7-0-0-1 in their season finales the last eight seasons. 

Tonight is the second season finale in the last two years that means nothing in the standings for Utah. Last year, they clinched the third seed in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over Idaho on the second to last game of the year.
 
Utah is 4-1 since entering last week trailing Alaska by one point with five games remaining for the final playoff spot which they clinched last night. 
 
The Grizzlies and Eagles have now played nine-straight one goal games and eleven of 12 games between the two teams this season have been decided by a goal. 30 of the 49 all-time games between the Grizzlies and Eagles have been decided by a goal.
 
With their 36th win last night, the Grizzlies matched their second highest win total since 2002-2003 and their second highest point total since 2002-2003 with 80. Utah had 38 wins last season and also had 36 in 2005-2006.
 
Mathieu Aubin will be the seventh Grizzlies player in the last ten seasons and the first since 2007-2008 to play in all 72 regular season games for the Grizzlies. Other players to do it were Christian Gaudet in 2007-2008, Travis Rycroft and Andy Sertich in 2006-2007 and Chad Starling, Garett Cameron and Brad Herauf in 2005-2006.
 
Aubin has his third six-game scoring streak of the season with three goals and five assists.
 
Matt Pelech has three assists in four games since coming back from the AHL and eleven points in 14 games with the Grizzlies this season on two goals and nine assists.
 
Cam Wojtala has scored a goal in three-straight games and in four of his last seven. He has four goals and two assists in his last seven games.
 
H.T. Lenz has a four-game scoring streak and has three goals and four assists in his last nine games.
 
Alex Krushelnyski has scored in 15 of his last 18 games and has six goals and 15 assists in that stretch.
 
Brenden Walker leads Utah with eight goals and is tied with Mathieu Aubin and Alex Krushelnyski for the team lead in scoring with 14 points in 12 games since being acquired from Gwinnett on Marc h 9.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 10

04/10/2015 9:58 AM - Adrian Denny

A win tonight clinches a playoff spot for Utah, if not they’ll be rooting for Ontario to beat Alaska in regulation again and that will clinch the spot with two games left for both teams.

 
Utah has played over half of a season and 41-straight games since last seeing Colorado and opening the season with 11 of their first 28 games against them.
 
Utah is 23-14-3-2 since their last game against Colorado on December 29, which was a 3-2 win at Maverik Center after coming into the game 3-6-0-1 against the Eagles and 11-13-2-2 overall coming into the night. Colorado is 23-12-3-4 since that game as the two teams have almost identical records since.
 
Excluding empty-netters, six-straight Utah goals have been scored by rookies going back to last Friday in Alex Krushelnyski, Alex Gallant (first year ECHL), Cam Wojtala (2), Johnnie Searfoss and H.T. Lenz.
 
Mathieu Aubin has two goals and five assists for seven points during a five-game scoring streak. Linemate Cam Wojtala has three goals and two assists in his last six games. H.T. Lenz has the same six-game stretch.
 
With Ontario’s win over Alaska on Wednesday, it not only helped the Grizzlies but made this series meaningless in the standings for Colorado as Ontario clinched home ice advantage in the first round series against the Eagles which will open Thursday in California. However, the Grizzlies know the Eagles love to put on a show for their fans and bring their best efforts every night.
 
Alex MacMillan returned from the AHL in Wednesday’s game after playing six games with the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
 
Utah has bounced back both games this year after giving up seven goals with wins in the following contest.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 8

04/08/2015 9:25 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies haven’t allowed a first period goal in 15 of their last 20 games going back to February 16. They have outscored the opposition 17-7 in this stretch during the first period.

 
In the Utah/Idaho seasons series, the team that has scored the first goal has won four-straight games after the season series started with the team scoring first not winning six of the first eight games.
 
Rookies H.T. Lenz and Cam Wojtala each have five points over the last six games on two goals and three assists, which puts them at fourth and fifth on the Grizzlies in scoring over that time behind Alex Krushelnyski, Mathieu Aubin and Ryan Hayes.
 
Tonight is the Steelheads season finale and their last game until playoffs begin. They have clinched the Pacific Division, are eliminated from Brabham Cup contention for the best record in the regular season; but still are battling Allen for home ice advantage in a potential Conference Finals matchup.
 
Utah has gone 3-2-1-0 in Idaho this year.
 
Utah has scored four or more goals in four of the last six games and three or more in seven-straight games.  Utah is 28-8-4-1 this year when scoring three or more goals.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 4

04/04/2015 9:02 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation

-The Grizzlies at 34-26-5-3 host Alaska tonight in their home finale one point up on Alaska for a playoff spot with four games remaining.
-Utah wraps up the season in Idaho Wednesday and in Colorado on Friday and Saturday.
 
Wrapping Up Home Schedule
-Utah won their 20th home game of the year last night, marking the second-straight year they have done that.
-They look for their 21st home win tonight which would tie them with 2005-2006 for their second most home wins in the last ten seasons after 23 wins last year, which was their highest home win total since 1998-99.
-Utah is currently 4-2 on this home stand after a 4-2 home stand February 25-March 9.
-Utah is 13-6-0-1 in their last 20 home games.
 
This Weekend’s Matchup
-Utah is 5-2-2-0 against Alaska this year and has won three-straight games and collected points in four-straight games against the Aces.
 
Playing With A Lead
-After not leading in two-straight games against Idaho last Wednesday and Friday, the Grizzlies have now not trailed in two-straight games, breaking scoreless ties in the second period in their last 2 games to build 2-0 and 3-0 leads.
 
Four Goals Or More
-Utah has scored four goals or more in four of their last five games and scored three or more in all six games on this home stand.
-Four or more in four of five games is a season-high and three or more in six-straight ties a season-high from December 17-January 2. 
-Utah has scored four or more in three-straight for the first time since November 29-December 3.
-Utah is 18-1-1-0 this year when scoring four goals or more.
-Utah is 35-2-1-0 under Tim Branham when scoring four goals or more the last two seasons.
 
Last Night
-Utah beat Alaska 4-1 last night, building a 3-0 second period lead on three goals in 6:50.
-Igor Bobkov held a shutout into the final 1:52 when Alaska scored with an extra-attacker.
-Bobkov made a season-high 21 saves in the third period and a season-high 37 saves in the game.
-Bobkov has allowed 13 goals in eight career starts against Alaska and is 4-1-2-1 lifetime against the Aces.
-Mathieu Aubin had two assists and now has two goals and three assists in his last three games against Alaska.
-Utah went 1-7 on the power-play and six for six on the penalty-kill.
-66 combined penalty minutes in the game was 10 off of Utah’s season high in a game this year.
-Danick Paquette led Utah with six shots and had Utah’s first goal.
-Utah is 21-4 the last two years when Paquette scores a goal in a game.
-Brenden Walker was the only player with a plus-two.
 
Second Periods
-Through six games on this home stand, Utah has outscored the opposition 12-7 in the second period after outscoring Alaska 3-0 last night in the middle frame.
-Utah has scored two goals or more in four of the six second periods and scored three in two of the six second periods.
-Last night was the first second period on the six-game home stand that the Grizzlies have not allowed a goal.
-Utah however has not scored a first period goal in four-straight games and six of eight.
 
Krushelnyski
-Rookie Alex Krushelnyski has scored in six-straight games with four goals and seven assists. 
-He scored in seven-straight games December 17-January 3 with five goals and eight assists.
-He enters tonight sixth in the ECHL in rookie scoring.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: April 3

04/03/2015 8:39 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah has had success against Alaska this year by outscoring them 8-2 in the first periods over the eight games that they have played so far.

 
Alaska looks for a bounce back after losing 5-0 Wednesday in Boise. Today is game nine of a ten-game road trip over the last 17 days for them. Utah also shutout Alaska in their last game against them in a 4-0 win on 30 Igor Bobkov saves on February 22.
 
Utah has been home for 19-straight days and plays game six of a seven-game home stand tonight. They are well rested having not played since Saturday.
 
Tim Branham mentioned on “Monty In The Morning” on 1320 KFAN this morning that the team may be getting some depth back from the AHL as soon as today. Stay tuned.
 

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