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Game Day Blog Entry: January 30, 2016

01/30/2016 1:00 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies wrap up a quick weekend series tonight between a pair of four-game road trips.
-Utah enters tonight with a five-point lead over Idaho in the West Division.
-Utah’s next home games is two weeks from tonight against Idaho.

Seven?
-Utah has won six-straight games at home and can tie a season-high with their seventh-straight home tonight.
-Utah won seven-straight games November 27-December 19.
-The Grizzlies are 7-3 in their last nine games.

 Last Night
-Utah beat Rapid City 4-1, on 44 shots which was the second most shots this season.
-The Grizzlies improved to 19-3 when scoring first and 11-2 when leading after one period.
-35 shots through two periods was the second most shots the Grizzlies have recorded through 40 minutes.
-It marked the seventh time this year and the second time in six games against Rapid City that the Grizzlies have recorded at least 40 shots.
-Utah improved to 18-1-1-0 when scoring four or more goals.
-It was the eighth time this year that Utah has allowed one goal or less.
-Utah went 1-4 on the power-play and 4-4 on the penalty-kill.
 
Individual This and That’s From Last Night
-Mark Owuya stopped 36 of 37 shots.
-It marked the third time this year that a Grizzlies goaltender has made 35 or more saves and the second time in three starts that Owuya has made 35 or more saves.
-Eric Knodel scored a goal for the third time in six games.
-Utah improved to 6-1 when Knodel scores.
-Ryan Walters recorded multiple-points for the third time in four games.
-Utah improved to 8-1-1-0 when Walters scored a goal.
-T.J. Syner recorded multiple-points for fifth time in nine games.
-Charles Sarault recorded multiple-points for the fifth time in eight years.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 29, 2016

01/29/2016 10:58 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation
-The Grizzlies are home Friday and Saturday for their only two home games in a ten game stretch from January 22-February 12.
-Utah has won five-straight games at home, two off of their season high.
-The Grizzlies are 6-3 in their last nine games.

Busy Stretch
-The Grizzlies return home to play their 13th game in 24 days that was started against Rapid City on January 6.
 
Transactions
-Mark Owuya has rejoined the Grizzlies after his third call-up of the year to the Columbus Blue Jackets AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.
-Rookie Tim Daly has been acquired from Norfolk for future considerations. He is in his rookie season and was a teammate of goaltender Ryan Faragher at St. Cloud State.
 
Against The Rush
-Utah has outshot Rapid City 118-65 in three games at Maverik Center.
-In six games, the Grizzlies have drawn 20-32 power-plays against the Rush.
-Utah is 1-20 on power-play against Rush and 10-12 on the penalty-kill.
 

Game Day Blog Entry January 27, 2016

01/27/2016 12:12 PM - Adrian Denny

Ryan Faragher has started all five games against Colorado and has gone 5-0 with one shutout, a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage. He stopped 70 of 75 shots here opening weekend and allowed five goals in three games against the Eagles at Maverik Center in games November 11, December 18 and December 19 and stopping 71 of 76 shots.

 
Corey Fienhage leads Utah against Colorado with a plus-eight and also has four assists in five games.
 
Barry Almeida has nine goals and five assists for 14 points in 12 games against Colorado the last two seasons.
Sunday was the first time that Grizzlies goaltending has allowed more than three goals in 13-straight games. Ryan Faragher has allowed three goals or less in 12 of his last 13 starts. 
 
Utah is 6-21 on the power-play against Colorado who ranks seventh in the 28-team ECHL on the penalty-kill.  Utah has gone 14-14 on the PK against Colorado this year after the Eagles went 2-4 here on opening night.
 
Utah is 10-40 on the power-play during this 6-2 stretch.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 24, 2016

01/24/2016 12:18 PM - Adrian Denny

A win today gives Tim Branham his 100th win as the Grizzlies Head Coach. He is 100-65-19 in just over two and a half seasons leading the Grizzlies with a .593 winning percentage.

 
Goaltender Mark Owuya has rejoined the Grizzlies after getting called-up to Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Lake Erie on Friday. He stopped 35 of 38 shots in his only game action for Utah this year on January 2 in Alaska and has been called up to Lake Erie twice since then.
 
This is Utah’s sixth three-game series of the season in one venue. They have swept three of the series with two three-game series sweeps against Alaska (November 4-7, December 9-12) and one against Wichita (January 15-18). They have also taken two of three from the Aces (December 31-January 2) and settled for three of six points in Rapid City November 18-21.
 
After his third three-point game of the season last night with one goal and two assists, Alex Krushelnyski now has two goals and five assists for seven points in five games since coming back from three games with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford.
 
Last night was the sixth time this year that the Grizzlies have scored three or more goals in a third period and they now lead the ECHL with 51 third period goals after going scoreless in the third period in the previous three games for the first time this year. It was the 14th time this year that Utah has recorded multiple-goals in a third period. Utah has scored a third period goal in 29 of 40 games.
 
The Grizzlies have gone up 1-0 each game in this series with a first period power-play goal.
 
Marc Cantin has the game-winning goal in two of Utah’s last three wins and defenseman Eric Knodel has scored a goal in two of the last three games. Last night, Utah’s tying goal and game-winning goal came from defensemen with Knodel tying it and Cantin giving Utah the lead.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 23, 2016

01/23/2016 8:51 AM - Adrian Denny

Last night was a game where statistically the Grizzlies held up their end of the bargain, but it didn’t equate the scoreboard.

 
The Grizzlies lost only their third game of the season when scoring first and now stand at 17-3 when getting the game’s first goal.
 
Utah dropped to 20-5-1-0 when tied or ahead after one period.
 
Utah dropped to 15-8-2-0 when outshooting the opposition and to 14-7-0-0 when scoring a power-play goal.
 
Before last night, Utah was 7-1-1-0 when Charles Sarault scores a goal.
 
Utah dropped to 10-4 on the first game of a series and 9-4 on Friday nights.
 
It marked Utah’s third-straight three-two game and they dropped to 8-4-2-0 in one-goal games.
 
Utah, who leads the ECHL with 49 third period goals, didn’t score in the final period of regulation last night.
 
It marked the 22nd time in 23 games that Ryan Faragher has allowed three goals or less in a game.
 
T.J. Syner (two goals, eight assists) and Sarault (three goals, eight assists) enter tonight with six-game scoring streaks. The Grizzlies have had three previous six-game scoring streaks this year with Ryan Walters (10/16-10/31), Matt Berry (12/5-12/18) and Alex Krushelnyski (11/27-12/11) also having had six-game scoring streaks.
 
Sarault is now tied for the league lead in scoring with 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points in 34 games. His 28 assists now put him in sole position of second place in the league in assists
 

Game Day Blog Entry January 22, 2016

01/22/2016 9:10 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies enter today’s game at 23-13-2-0, Toledo comes in at 22-10-1-3. Utah leads the West Division by nine points, Toledo leads the North Division by 14 points.

Utah enters today with five wins in a row as does Toledo. 
 
Utah’s five-game winning streak matches their longest of the season. Tonight, they look for a six-game winning streak, which would be their longest since they won seven-straight games early in the 2011-2012 season.
 
Goaltenders Jeff Lerg and Ryan Faragher are both tied for second in the ECHL with 16 wins. Lerg backed up Faragher earlier this year when the two were with the Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego.
 
Taran Kozun will backup Faragher tonight as Mark Owuya has again been called-up to Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Charles Sarault is now tied for second in the ECHL with 27 assists. The Grizzlies leading scorer, with two goals and seven assists during the Grizzlies five-game winning streak, has nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points in 34 games.
 
Barry Almeida is tied for third in the ECHL with 17 goals.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 18, 2016

01/18/2016 11:23 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation

-The Grizzlies enter their 11th-straight week atop the West Division with a record of 22-13-2-0 and play game seven of a seven-game home stand this afternoon.
-This is Utah’s fourth game in six days at home and their seventh game in 13 days at home.
-Utah looks to get to ten games above .500 for the first time this year.
-The Grizzlies open a four-game road trip in Toledo Friday, Saturday and Sunday that will continue in Colorado on Wednesday, January 27.
 
Latest Notes
-Utah looks for their fifth win in nine days today and for their second five-game winning streak of the season after previously winning five-straight games November 4-13 over nine days.
-Utah plays their 22nd home game (22/38 overall/57.8-percent) of the season today which ties Greenville for the most home games played in the ECHL.
-Utah will play eight of their next ten games on the road starting Friday.
-Utah is 13-0-1-0 when scoring three or more goals at home.
Looking For Another 3-Game Sweep At Home
-Utah goes for their second three-game sweep of a series at home in their second three-game series of season at Maverik Center.
-Utah swept Alaska in three-straight games December 9, 11, 12 and beat Wichita 7-3 Friday and 3-2 in overtime Saturday.
Starting The Second Half
-The Grizzlies enter the afternoon with a minimum of a seven point lead on everyone else in the West Division and have two games in hand on second place Idaho.
 
Leading Scorer
-Charles Sarault leads Utah with 9 goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 33 games.
-He leads Utah with 10 power-play points on 10 assists and with nine multiple-point games.
-He has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points in 41 all-time games with Utah.
-He has moved into 10th in the ECHL in scoring.
 
The Series
-13 players have scored for Utah in the series.
-Utah has outshot Wichita 69-46 and 23-11 in the first periods.
-Utah is 3-15 on the power-play (3-8 Friday and 0-7 Saturday).
-Utah has gone 11-13 on the PK (5-6 Friday and 6-7 Saturday).
-Saturday’s 7 shorthanded situations tied for the most the Grizzlies have had this year.
-13 shorthanded situations in two games ties the Grizzlies two-game high for the season.
-Utah has had five five-on-three power-plays in the series.
-Charles Sarault leads all skaters with two goals and three assists in two games.
-Utah is now 5-1-1-0 in six games at home against the Central Division.
 
Rookie D-Man
-Jason Binkley has two assists in the last three games and is an even or better in nine-straight games and in 17 of the last 18 overall.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 16, 2016

01/16/2016 2:06 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah looks to get to nine games above .500 for the first time this year.

-The Grizzlies and Wichita wrap up their series Monday at 1:35 p.m.
 
Starting The Second Half
-The Grizzlies enter the night with a minimum of a five point lead on everyone else in the West Division and have two games in hand on second place Idaho.
-Tonight marks the start of the second half of the season for Utah, who is currently on pace for a 42-26-2-0 season.
 
Where We Stack Up
-21 wins is second in the Western Conference behind Missouri’s 30.
-Only five other teams in the ECHL have more wins than Utah in Florida (27), Atlanta (23), Manchester (22), Adirondack (22) and Missouri (30).
 
Goal Scoring
-Utah has scored 12 goals in the last two games, which is the most goals in a two-game set this year.
-Six goals in the last two games has made Barry Almeida the team’s leading goal scorer with 15 goals.

Individual Goal Scoring
-The Grizzlies join Reading as the only two teams in the ECHL that have four players with 13 goals or more in Ryan Walters (13), Alex Krushelnyski (14), Matt Berry (14) and Barry Almeida (15).

Ducks Assign Matt Hackett To Utah
-Anaheim has assigned goaltender Matt Hackett to Utah from their AHL affiliate in San Diego where he is 5-4 with a 2.89 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
-He has appeared in 26 career NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo with a 2.09 GAA and .934 save percentage.
-He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in round 3 and 77th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Eric Knodel Rejoins Grizzlies
-Eric Knodel rejoins the Grizzlies after his third call-up of the year to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.
-He was called-up to the Gulls on December 22.
-Knodel has four goals and nine assists in his last 16 games with the Grizzlies after returning from his first call-up on November 4.
-Knodel is a plus-14 during that 16 game stretch.
 
Last Night
-The Grizzlies beat Wichita 7-3 going 3-8 on the power-play and five for six on the penalty-kill.
-11 different skaters scored in the game, including nine of ten forwards.
-Utah jumped up 3-0 in the game and led 4-2, 5-3, 6-3 and 7-3.
-Six Utah skaters had multiple-points in Charles Sarault (one goal, two assists), Barry Almeida (two goals, one assist), T.J. Syner (one goal, two assists), Erik Higby (two goals), Alex Krushelnyski (two assists) and Josh MacDonald (two goals.)
-Utah is now 4-1-1-0 in six games at home against the Central Division.
-Utah improved 20-2-2-0 when scoring three goals or more.
 
Scoring Streaks
-Shayne Taker has one goal and three assists for four points in the last three games.
-T.J. Syner has two goals and five assists for seven points in three games.
-Barry Almeida has six goals and two assists for eight points in three games.
-Charles Sarault has one goal and four assists for five points in three games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 15, 2016

01/15/2016 10:44 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies are in the midst of their tenth-straight week atop the West Division with a record of 20-13-2-0 and play game five of a seven-game home stand tonight.
-Utah plays game two of four games in six nights at home tonight.
-Utah looks to get to eight games above .500 for the third time this year.
-Utah looks for their third winning streak of three or more games and are on their seventh winning streak of the season.
-The Grizzlies enter the night with a minimum of a five point lead on everyone else in the West Division and have two games in hand on second place Idaho.
-Utah is 8-3 on Fridays and 9-3 in game one of a series.
-Tonight marks Utah’s 36th of 72 games this season.

Back From AHL
-Alex Krushelnyski has returned to Utah after being with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford where he is under contract.
-Krushelnyski is the Grizzlies leading scorer the last two seasons with 34 goals and 56 assists for 90 points in 103 games. 
-He is third on the Grizzlies with seven multiple-point games with seven and fourth on team in scoring with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 31 games.
-He is tied for the team lead with 14 goals with Matt Berry, who is currently in the AHL.
-He was in Hartford for the first four games of this home stand and had one assist in three games with the Wolf Pack.

First Visits
-Wichita is the fourth and final team to make their first visit to Maverik Center this year joining Allen, Rapid City and Tulsa.
-This is the first ever meeting between the Grizzlies and Wichita.
 
Last Two Wins
-The Grizzlies have outscored the opposition 3-0 on special teams and 2-0 on the power-play, going 2-12 on the power-play and 8-8 on the penalty-kill to improve to 11-11 overall in their last three games.
-The Grizzlies have outscored the opposition 8-3 in the two wins.
-Utah has gone from 6-0 to 8-0 when outscoring the opposition on the power-play.
-Utah has gone from 12-3-0-1 to 14-3-0-1 when not allowing a power-play goal.
-Before Saturday, Utah had allowed 14 power-play goals in their last 10 games going 4-6 in those games.
-The Grizzlies have scored first in each game in the last two wins to improve to 16-2 when scoring first. 
-Ryan Faragher has stopped 53 of 56 shots in the two wins and now has stopped 65 of 69 shots the last three games, in which Utah has allowed four goals.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 13, 2016

01/13/2016 9:20 AM - Adrian Denny
-Utah starts four games in six nights at home tonight.
-Going by points, if the playoffs started today, Utah (2) and Tulsa(7) would be a first round matchup in Western Conference.
First Visits
-Tulsa and Wichita will both make their first ever visits to Maverik Center this week as they join Rapid City as the three new opponents to play their first ever games in Utah in 2015-2016.
 
Against Tulsa
-This is Utah’s second of seven meetings this year with Tulsa and the first of three over the next month.
-Utah plays in Tulsa February 4 and 6.
-This is the first team that enters Utah with a winning record since Allen on November 27.
-Tulsa returns to Utah March 23, 25, 26.
-Tulsa beat Utah 5-1 in Oklahoma on December 3 on a four-goal first period.
-Utah drew four of five power-plays in the game.
-Utah gave up a five-on-three shorthanded goal, only one of two shorthanded goals allowed this year.
-Taran Kozun started game in goal and was relieved by Chris Rawlings.
 
Familiar Face
-While it is Utah’s first year facing Tulsa, Oilers Head Coach Jason Christie coached Utah from 2005-2008 and coached against Utah with Ontario from 2011-2015.
-Utah played 29 games against Ontario the last four seasons and went 11-13-1-4, 9-7-0-3 the last three seasons and 7-6-0-2 under Tim Branham.
-Ontario and Utah also met in the playoffs two of the last four years.
 

Game Day Blog Entry January 9, 2016

01/09/2016 12:18 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies enter the tonight with a one point lead on Idaho for first place in the West Division, but with 3 games in hand on the Steelheads.
-Utah is 14-2 when scoring first this year.
-Utah is 12-3-1-0 when not allowing a power-play goal.
-Forward Matt Berry has been recalled to the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego.


Home Stand So Far
-Utah recorded 37 shots Friday and 42 shots Wednesday.
-They have outshot the opposition 79-51 over the two games putting up a goal.
-Utah is fifth in the ECHL with 32.09 shots-per-game.
-Ryan Faragher has stopped 47 of 51 shots in the series for a .921 save percentage and allowing just four goals.
-Josh MacDonald has five shots in each game, Ryan Walters has nine shots in two games and T.J. Syner has seven shots as that line has combined for 26 shots in two games.
-Charles Sarault had six shots Friday night.
 
 

Game Day Blog Entry January 8, 2016

01/08/2016 1:23 PM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation

-The Grizzlies enter the weekend with a three point lead on Idaho for first place in the West Division with three games in hand .
-Utah looks to snap a five-game losing streak against Idaho this weekend, the team that has handed them five of their twelve losses. 
-Utah is 9-2 in the first game of a series this year.
 
Vs. Idaho
-This is the fourth meeting the Grizzlies have had with Idaho in the last 17 days and their fourth game in the last nine games against Idaho overall.
-The Grizzlies, who are the second highest scoring team in the ECHL have scored two goals or less in four of the last five games against Idaho.
-Idaho is eight for 16 on the power-play against Utah the last three games.
-Utah is three for 11 on the power-play over the last three games against Idaho.
-Utah has had three two-game losing streaks this season, but is 3-0 following their second loss in a row this year and hasn’t had a three-game losing streak this season.

Wednesday
-Utah record 42 shots Wednesday after recording 14 in each period.
-It was Utah’s fourth highest shot total this season and the seventh time the Grizzlies have recorded 40 shots or more this season.
-Ryan Walters led Utah with five shots and assisted on Utah’s goal.
-Josh MacDonald had his first point since returning to the lineup December 28 after missing 15-straight games.
 
In AHL
-Shayne Taker has returned to the Grizzlies after being called-up to San Diego on December 29.
-Alex Krushelnyski was recalled by the New York Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford Wednesday.
-Eric Knodel remains with the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 6, 2016

01/06/2016 9:50 AM - Adrian Denny

 Vs. Rapid City

-Utah is 2-2-1-0 against Rapid City this year, three of the games have gone past regulation.
-Utah has gone past regulation in three of five games against Rapid City, but in only one of their other 26 games overall.
-Four of five games were within a goal going into final moments.
-Matt Berry was on recall to San Diego during the final four games of the four-straight contests played.
-Utah is 1-17 on the power-play versus Rapid City and 6-7 on the penalty-kill.
-Utah scored two of their league-leading eight shorthanded goals in five games over Rapid City November 13-21.
 
At Home
-Utah has scored four goals or more in eight of their last 11 home games.
-Utah has scored first in eight of their last eleven home games winning all eight in which they have scored first.
-Matt Berry, Alex Krushelnyski and Ryan Walters are tied for the team lead with seven goals at home.
-Utah is seven for their last 22 over the last five games at home on the power-play.
 
Transactions
-Mark Owuya has been loaned to the Columbus Blue Jackets AHL affiliate in Lake Erie.
-Marc Cantin signed earlier this week will make is 15-16 debut tonight in #12.
-Another player has been called-up and will appear in ECHL transactions later today.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 2, 2016

01/02/2016 12:45 PM - Adrian Denny

Tonight, the Grizzlies will go for their third three-game series sweep of Alaska in the last two months as they’ve run their record this year to 8-0 against Alaska with 12-straight wins overall against the Aces and 7-straight in Anchorage.

 
Last night was only Utah’s ninth one-goal game out of 30 played as they improved to 6-1-2-0 on those contests. The last two years the Grizzlies have been involved in much closer games. Last year, 39 of their 72 games were decided by a goal and they were 23-8-5-3 in those contests. In 2013-2014, they were 21-13-3-5 in 43 one-goal contests during a 72-game schedule. So after playing 82 of 143 games (57-percent) that were decided by a goal the last two seasons, only 30-percent of this year’s games have been decided by a goal. It comes down to goal scoring. While they are getting the same quality goaltending this year, Utah is averaging nearly four goals-per game, compared to being under three goals-per-game the last two seasons. Last night was the Grizzlies first win this season when they have scored two goals or less.
 
The Grizzlies have not trailed in five-straight contests against Alaska after rallying from behind in two of the three wins here in November.
 
Three of Utah’s six games this year that have been scoreless after one period have been against Alaska with one scoreless period in each series so far. Four of Utah’s last ten games overall have been scoreless after one period after just two of their first 20 games had no score after one.
 
A win tonight gets Utah a season-high nine games above .500.
 
Rookie Phil Pietroniro is a plus-seven in his last nine games after being healthy scratched in five-straight games before that. He also has two goals and one assist in his last five games.
 
Tonight is the first of three times this year that the Grizzlies are playing three games in three nights. So far, Utah’s good conditioning has shown as they improved to 6-2-2-0 in back-to-backs. Last night, Tim Branham used 11 forwards actively in the first two periods to conserve everyone’s energy for tonight’s game.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: January 1, 2016

01/01/2016 1:13 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies are 7-1-2-0 in Alaska over the last 366 days after winning seven games in nine seasons over 46 games in Alaska from 2005-2013.

Utah leads the ECHL in third period scoring with 38 goals in 29 games and they’ve been especially good in the third periods against Alaska as they have now outscored the Aces 17-3 in the third periods in seven games.
 
The Grizzlies have started strong against Alaska as well outscoring them 8-3 in the first periods. Utah has weathered storm in second periods; being outscored 6-4 by the Aces. 
 
Utah has gotten some big individual performances in the third periods. Ryan Walters has now scored seven of his nine goals in the third period and he has the game-winning goal in three-straight games against Alaska with three big goals late. He played for the Aces last year. Walters is now tied for second in the ECHL with four game-winning goals. Erik Higby has scored four of his six goals in the third period and has two big third period goals in the last three games in Alaska against his former team. Roberts Lipsbergs has scored four of his seven goals in the final period of regulation. Lipsbergs leads the ECHL in shooting percentage (35-percent) with seven goals on 20 shots. Lipsbergs is second among rookies with four power-play goals despite only playing in 12 of Utah’s 29 games.
 
With two goals and three points last night, Matt Berry has two-straight three-point nights against Alaska and has eight goals and four assists for 12 points in seven games against Alaska. He is one point off of the ECHL rookie scoring lead with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 25 games. The next closest rookie to Berry has 11 goals and he is tied for second in the ECHL overall with 14 goals. Last night was his team leading eighth multiple-point game of the season.
 
Utah has allowed only four five-on-five goals in three games coming out of Christmas. Six goals against have been scored on power-play and two have gone into empty-nets.
 

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