Game Day Blog Entry: October 31, 2015
10/30/2015 11:30 PM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies and Steelheads meet for the first time at Maverik Center since April 27 when Utah eliminated Idaho in the sixth game of a first round playoff series with a 3-0 win.
-Utah and Idaho meet for the second time in less than 24 hours today after Utah beat the Steelheads 4-1 Friday in Boise.
-Utah and Idaho will meet for the third time in four days and the third time of 12 on the regular season Monday at 7 p.m.
-Utah is 6-2 in their last eight regular season and playoff games against the Steelheads.
Putting The Puck In The Net
-The Grizzlies have scored four or more goals in four of five games and they lead the Western Conference in scoring.
-Only Reading, Adirondack and Orlando are averaging more goals-per-game than Utah.
-Ryan Faragher is now 3-0 with 38 or more saves in two of his three starts.
-He is fourth in the ECHL with a .952 save percentage.
-Earlier this week, Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham made a change to his goaltending by signing Chris Rawlings to join Ryan Faragher and releasing Eric Levine and Bryan Hogan who each started a home game last weekend.
-Rawlings was with Idaho in training camp after he went 8-0-0-1 for them last season.
-Rawlings then went to Peoria of the SPHL and recorded a 30-save shutout last Saturday in a 4-0 win over Pensacola.
-Ryan Walters (three goals, five assists) and Matt Berry (three goals, four assists) have both scored in Utah’s first five games this season.
-Barry Almeida was held without a point for the first time this season on Friday and is still tied for league lead with six goals.
-After outscoring Idaho 3-1 5-on-5 last night, the Grizzlies have now outscored their opposition 13-8 five-on-five this year.
-20 of Utah’s 24 skaters who have dressed this year are an even or better.
-The Grizzlies have dressed 24 skaters already this season.
-Utah has seen four total players called up to the AHL already.
Back At The Mav
-Charles Sarault was reassigned to the Grizzlies by Anaheim on Thursday and scored a goal in his season debut with Utah last night; a second period goal that made it 2-0 and proved to be the game-winner.
-Sarault had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in eight games late in 2013-2014 for Utah and had two goals and two assists in five playoff games that season.
-He is in the third year of an entry level contract with Anaheim and spent all of last season with their AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
-Sarault has played in 105 AHL games.
Maverik Center Debuts
-Erik Higby and Ryan Misiak both made their Grizzlies debuts last night after being signed by the team.
-Misiak picked up an assist for Utah.
-Higby changed right before Utah scored their first goal and missed a plus after leading Alaska forwards with a plus-seven during his stay there last year.
-Idaho has outscored the opposition 8-4 in the first period, but been outscored in periods two and three.
-Utah has been outscored 5-4 in the first period, but has outscored the opposition in the second and third periods.
-Friday, Utah led 1-0 after one period.
-Alex Krushelnsyki has four assists in three games after switching back to #27 after going scoreless in first two games as #28.
-Shayne Taker leads Utah defensemen with a plus-six. Barry Almeida leads Utah forwards with a plus-six; which is also tied for third in the ECHL.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 30, 2015
10/30/2015 10:13 AM - Adrian Denny
Busy week of transactions for the Grizzlies that started with Eric Knodel, Kenny Ryan and Bryan Moore getting recalled to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.
The Grizzlies have signed forward signed Erik Higby who had three goals and six assists for nine points in 18 games the second half of last season with Alaska during his rookie campaign. He also led their forwards in plus-minus during that stretch with a plus-seven and was a teammate of Ryan Walters there.
In addition, the Grizzlies have signed goaltender Chris Rawlings, who went 8-0-0-1 last year with Idaho with a 2.51 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. He had a 30 save shutout this past Saturday for Peoria in the SPHL as they beat Pensacola 4-0. He was 2-0-0-1 last year against Utah with a 3.24 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage.
The Grizzlies will also add Charles Sarault today after he was reassigned to Utah by Anaheim. He spent all of last year with the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk. In 2013-2014 with the Grizzlies, he had three goals and eight assists in eight regular season games and totaled two goals and two assists for four points in five playoff games.
Idaho has started the season off with Rapid City and Alaska, which is who Utah will see all of the next three weekends. The two teams meet tonight in Boise and then Saturday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at Maverik Center to start their 12-game season series.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 24, 2015
10/23/2015 11:25 PM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies enter tonight tied with Rapid City for the best winning percentage in the West Division.
-The Grizzlies play Allen for the second of six times tonight. The Americans return to Utah over Thanksgiving Weekend before Utah goes to Texas in December and February.
-Utah is in Idaho Friday and host Idaho Saturday.
-Allen beat Utah 4-2 as they added a late empty-netter after Utah made it 3-2 with 5:34 left.
-Barry Almeida scored his sixth of year in his third game of the season.
-Almeida had four shots on goal to lead the team, Eric Knodel and Ryan Walters each had three.
-Bryan Hogan stopped 23 of 26 in goal.
-Utah went 6-7 on the penalty-kill and 1-3 on the power-play.
-Allen outshot Utah 27-26.
-Utah’s crowd of 5,334 was the third largest crowd of eleven games in the ECHL last night.
-Utah has killed nine of their last ten shorthanded situations.
-Utah is seventh in the ECHL on the power-play at 3-11.
Three-Game Scoring Streaks
-Barry Almeida has scored goals in all three games.
-Ryan Walters (one goal, two assists) and Matt Berry (four assists) have also scored in all three games.
-Barry Almeida leads the ECHL with six goals and 21 shots on goal.
-Matt Berry is tied for the ECHL lead among rookies with four points on four assists.
-Berry leads all rookies with four assists.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 23, 2015
10/23/2015 8:39 AM - Adrian Denny
-The Grizzlies have been assigned forward Bryan Moore and forward Kenny Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks organization. Utah has also signed defenseman Ryan Misiak.
-Moore was signed to an AHL contract by Anaheim on April 8.
- He had 59 goals and 82 assists for 141 points in 181 career OHL games and 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 24 playoff games.
-Ryan was drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs in second round and 30th overall in 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
-He has played 198 AHL games over the last three seasons and played for Tim Branham in Reading in 2012-2013.
-Ryan had 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 assists with Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie last season in 73 games.
-He had 45 goals and 74 assists for 119 points in 156 games at Mercyhurst College and played in four games with Reading of the ECHL last season.
Notes From Last Weekend
-Utah enters the weekend having killed four-straight penalties after Colorado went two for three in their first game on Friday.
-Utah outscored Allen 4-1 in the second periods.
-Utah outscored Colorado 5-2 5-on-5.
-Utah is playing their first opponent from Texas since March 3, 2007.
-This is the first opponent a Utah pro hockey team has played from the Dallas Metroplex since 1981-1982 when the Salt Lake Golden Eagles played the Dallas Black Hawks and Fort Worth Texans in the Central Hockey League.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 17, 2015
10/17/2015 9:42 AM - Adrian Denny
38 saves last night from Ryan Faragher was the most by a Grizzlies goaltender on opening night since Rob McVicar made 51 saves at Phoenix to start the season in 2006. 38 saves last night was second in the ECHL behind Alaska’s Troy Redmann who made 39 in a 3-1 win over Missouri.
Barry Almeida led all sides with 10 shots last night, including five in the first period. Ryan Walters and Andrew O’Brien both had five shots on goal.
Josh MacDonald, was one of three rookies in the ECHL last night, to score two goals in their first professional games. MacDonald and Louick Marcotte of Adirondack were also both playing in their first pro games.
Speaking of rookie performances, Matt Berry had two assists last night assisting on goals to make it 2-1 and 3-1 Utah. Berry played five games with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk after college at Michigan State last season.
There were four fights last night with Alex Gallant dropping the gloves twice in the first period. Shayne Taker and Phil Pietroniro also fought in the contest. Pietroniro also picked up his first pro point in his first pro game on the MacDonald goal that made it 1-1 1:31 into the second period.
Game Day Blog Entry: October 16, 2015
10/16/2015 9:27 AM - Adrian Denny
Tonight marks the first time in five seasons that the Grizzlies aren’t opening the season against Idaho. They also start the 2015-2016 regular season in the same place where the 2014-2015 regular season came to an end after the Grizzlies won two-straight from Colorado April 10 and 11.
Last year’s leading scorer Mathieu Aubin opens the season on reserve and day-to-day after sustaining an injury in the final preseason game Saturday.
Last year’s third leading scorer Alex Krushelnyski joined the team last weekend but did not appear in either Utah preseason game. He was in camp with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford. Krushelnyski led Utah last year against Colorado in scoring with six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
Both Utah and Colorado had their 2014-2015 seasons end against Ontario after the Reign beat the Eagles in the first round and Utah in the second round.
Utah is 5-1-1-0 in their last seven games to open a season.