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Game Day Blog Entry: February 27, 2016

02/27/2016 11:42 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look for their second-straight Friday/Saturday weekend sweep in Boise. The last time they played back-to-back games here was the first round of the playoffs last year and they won 4-1 on Friday, April 24 and 5-2 on Saturday, April 25. Last year in the regular season, Utah won 3-2 on Friday, February 13 before falling the next night 4-1.

 
Utah has scored 11 goals in their three wins against Idaho and has 11 goals total in their eight non wins.
 
While the Grizzlies haven’t scored a lot of goals in their losses against Idaho, Ryan Faragher’s numbers are better than his season averages against Idaho with a 1.85 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage.
 
Utah has now gone past regulation in four of their last six games, going 2-0-0-2, with three of those four going to shootouts. Idaho has gone past regulation in three of their last four going 1-0-1-1 with two of three being decided in overtime. After having not gone past regulation in their first nine meetings, Utah and the Steelheads have split two shootouts in their last two contests. 
 
The Grizzlies again are over two weeks ahead of last year’s pace when they didn’t get their 30th win until March 13. They didn’t get their 31st win until March 20, which they will look to accomplish tonight on February 27.
 
The Grizzlies have points in five of their last six games at 3-1-0-2 for a .667 winning percentage in that stretch. 
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 26, 2016

02/26/2016 11:29 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah has a .585 winning percentage and Idaho a .582 winning percentage coming into this weekend’s two game series in Boise. Idaho leads Utah by two points in the standings but has played two more games than the Grizzlies. Both teams have 29 wins.

 
The Grizzlies have been involved in some marquee ECHL series three of the last six weekends. This is the second time in three weeks that they have had a first place versus second place matchup with Idaho. They had a series of first place teams when they went to Toledo who leads the North Division in late January and between that they have had three weekends against playoff bound contenders featuring Tulsa, Allen and Atlanta.
 
Ryan Faragher has returned to the Grizzlies after spending last weekend with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.
 
For Idaho, Jack Campbell, who leads the ECHL in save percentage and goals-against-average was called back up to the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate in Texas on Wednesday. However,
Phillipe Derosiers who has five of his eight wins against Utah has returned. He has a 1.36 goals-against-average and a .955 save percentage against Utah.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 20, 2016

02/20/2016 2:42 PM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies play game five of a five-game in eight-night home stand where they are 9-0-1-1 in their last eleven home games.
-Utah returns to action Friday in Boise to open a 7-game road trip and returns home March 11 and 12.
-Utah (.596) leads Idaho (.567) by three points in the West Division.
-Utah has 20 games remaining, 8 at home in the 15-16 regular season.
-Utah is 6-2-1-1 on Saturdays and 12-4-1-2 on Friday and Saturday home games.
-Utah is 4-1 in front of crowds larger than 7,000 this year.
-Utah has gone past regulation in three of four home games in eight days and is 2-0-1-1 on home stand.

Another Home Record In View
-A win or point today gives Utah an all-time team record 12-game unbeaten streak. 
-They are 9-0-1-1 since January 8 at home.
-Utah had an eleven-game home unbeaten streak from December 28, 2013-Janaury 29, 2014.
 
This Series
-The first two games have gone past regulation with Utah winning 5-4 in overtime and Atlanta winning 3-2 in a shootout.
-Utah is 1-8 on the power-play and 5-6 on the penalty-kill.
-Shots are 64-61 Atlanta.
-Aggregate scoring is 7-7
-Scoring is 2-2 in the first period, 3-2 Utah in the second and 2-1 Atlanta in the third.
-Ryan Hayes, Josh MacDonald, Erik Higby and Garry Nunn each have two goals to lead the series.
 
New Guys Rolling At Maverik Center
-Ryan Hayes has three goals and two assists in the last three games, including two game-winners and one game-tying goal in the third period.
-Mike Ratchuk has scored two power-play goals in his first five games with Utah and has two goals and one assist for three points in five games.
-Utah is four for their last 23 on the power-play with three of the four goals scored by Hayes and Ratchuk in the last five games.
-The Grizzlies were previously 0 for their last 17 on the power-play in their last four games.
-The Grizzlies are 17-18 on the penalty-kill the last five games.
Erik Higby
Erik Higby has given Utah a 1-0 lead in two of last three games and has three goals in three games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 17, 2016

02/17/2016 7:47 AM - Adrian Denny

 Similar Teams

-Utah (28-19-2-1, .590) and Atlanta (26-18-3-2, .582) enter the three-game series with similar records and winning percentages as the two largest markets in the ECHL square off.
-Both teams are coached by Wisconsin natives.
-Utah ranks sixth in attendance at 4,975; Atlanta ninth at 4,891.
-Charles Sarault ranks ninth in the ECHL in scoring with 46 points in 46 games on 14 goals and 22 assists. Atlanta’s Derek Nesbitt is tenth in the ECHL with 44 points in 49 games on 23 goals and 21 assists.
-Garry Nunn and Charles Sarault are tied for second in the ECHL with18 power-play assists.
-Derek Nesbitt leads the ECHL with seven game-winning goals, Ryan Walters is second with sixth.
-Utah is sixth in ECHL in shots-per-game at 31.64 Atlanta is seventh at 31.47.

Goaltender Moves
-Ryan Faragher has been recalled to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego as Mark Owuya has joined the Grizzlies.
-Owuya stopped 36 of 37 in his last game with Utah in a 4-1 win over Rapid City on January 29.
 
Monday
-The Grizzlies scored two goals in a season-high nine seconds, which was two seconds off of the all-time team record of 7 seconds from October 29, 2005 against Victoria.
-120 combined penalty minutes in a game was the most in a Grizzlies game this season, the most under Tim Branham and the most since January 6, 2013 at Las Vegas.
-It marked the third time in four home games that the Grizzlies have allowed a goal or less.
 
At Home
-The Grizzlies are 15-3-0-1 in their last 18 home games.
-17 home wins is tied for the second most home wins in the ECHL.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is second in the ECHL at home, killing 91 of 103 shorthanded situations in 26 games at home.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in four of their last five home games.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in 16 of 27 home games overall.
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Scoring At Home
-The Grizzlies have scored four goals or more in 14 of their 26 home games and five or more in nine of their 26 home games.
-Utah has 35 shots or more at home in five of their last six games and in 15 of 26 home games.
-Ryan Walters leads Utah with 13 goals at home and has scored 13 of his 18 goals at home.
-Utah is 10-2-1-0 overall when Walters scores a goal.
-Hayes has 17 goals and 6 assists for 23 points in his last 20 games at Maverik Center last season after having one goal in his first six games with the Grizzlies at home.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 15, 2016

02/15/2016 6:56 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation
-The Grizzlies play game two of a five-game in eight-night home stand where they are 7-0-0-1 in their last eight home games.
-Utah hosts Atlanta Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
-Utah has 23 games remaining, 11 at home in the 15-16 regular season.

 The Record
-Utah has won five-straight games against teams with losing records and is 16-4-1-0 this season against teams with current losing records.
-Utah is 25-12-1-0 against the rest of the ECHL in games against teams other than Idaho this year.
-Entering today, Utah leads the West Division with a .582 winning percentage, while Idaho has a .578 winning percentage.
-Idaho has 59 points in 51 games and Utah has 57 points in 49 games.
 
At Home
-The Grizzlies are 14-3-0-1 in their last 18 home games.
-16 home wins is tied for the third most home wins in the ECHL.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is tied for fifth in the ECHL at home, killing 86 of 98 shorthanded situations in 25 games at home.
-Utah is 13-1 when scoring first at home and 8-1 when leading after one period.
-Ryan Walters leads Utah with 11 goals at home and has scored 11 of his 16 goals at home.
-Utah is 9-2-1-0 overall when Walters scores a goal.
 
Ryan Faragher
-Grizzlies goaltender Ryan Faragher has stopped 135 of the last 140 shots in his last four starts for a 1.24 goals-against-average and a .959 save percentage during the month of February.
-The goals-against-average and save percentage are the highest in the ECHL in February for goalies that have made three or more starts.
-41 saves by Faragher Saturday was his second most of the season as he recorded his second official shutout of the season.
-Faragher has allowed two goals or less in 16 of his 30 starts and one or less in 10 of 30 starts.
-Nine saves by Faragher in the overtime set an all-time team record for an overtime period.
 
Against Rapid City
-Utah has scored four or more in their three wins against Rapid City at home and has scored one or fewer in their two losses.
-Utah has scored three or more against Rapid City in five of eight games this season.
 
Saturday Night
-Utah recorded 40 or more shots for the eighth time this year and 35 or more shots for the 15th time this season.
-Ryan Hayes led Utah in shots for the second-straight game with Utah after recording four shots on Friday.
-It was the third shutout of the season for a Grizzlies goaltender, all have taken place at home.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 13, 2016

02/12/2016 11:33 PM - Adrian Denny

The Situation

-The Grizzlies open a five-game in eight-day home stand winners of seven-straight at Maverik Center.
-Utah hosts Rapid City Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Atlanta Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
-Utah starts the final third of the regular season tonight with 24 games remaining.

The Streak
-Utah has won seven-straight games at Maverik Center for the second time this year and has won 14 of their last 17 at home.
-Utah won seven-straight games from November 27-December 19 and the current streak has recorded wins January 9-30.
-Utah’s current seven game winning streak started with a 3-1 win over Idaho on January 9.
-Utah’s last seven-game home winning streak was snapped by Idaho in a 4-1 loss on December 28.
-Utah’s last home loss came 1-0 to Idaho on January 8 on a 37 save shutout by Jack Campbell.
-Utah snapped a three-game losing streak against Idaho on January 9 at Maverik Center and will look to do the same here.
-This is Utah’s second chance this year to clinch an all-time team record with their eighth-straight home win.
-Utah won eight-straight games from January 3-February 6, 1998.

Points or Points Percentage?
-Entering today, Utah leads the West Division with a .583 winning percentage, while Idaho has a .570 winning percentage.
-Idaho has  57 points in 50 games and Utah has 56 points in 48 games.

Last Night
-The two teams opened a first place versus second place home and home last night in Boise.
-Utah drew four of five power-plays and a 1-0 lead after one period on a Mike Ratchuk power-play goal did not hold in a 3-1 loss.
-Ryan Hayes led Utah with four shots.

Against Idaho
-In the last two games against Idaho, the Grizzlies have drawn 12 of the 17 power-plays, going 2-12 on the power-play and 5-5 on the penalty-kill.
-Both teams are strong in the third period this year with Utah outscoring the opposition 56-47 and Idaho outscoring their opposition 50-37.

Home Debuts
-Ryan Hayes returns to Maverik Center tonight after making his season debut last night in Idaho after being signed Wednesday after starting season in England.
-Hayes had 16 goal and 6 assists for 22 points in his final 19 games at Maverik Center last season after having one goal in his first six games with the Grizzlies at home.
-Mike Ratchuk makes his Maverik Center debut tonight after scoring Utah’s lone goal last night.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 12, 2016

02/12/2016 10:37 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah (.596 winning percentage) leads Idaho (.561 winning percentage) by one point in the standings but has two games in hand on the Steelheads.

 
Ryan Hayes, who makes his season debut tonight, had five goals and five assists in six games against Idaho in the playoffs last season.
 
Defenseman Mike Ratchuk will also make his Grizzlies debut tonight. He leads all active Grizzlies with 415 games played, the next closest is Ryan Hayes with 322. Before Hayes and Ratchuk were added to the active roster, the Grizzlies hadn’t had a veteran all season (260 pro games or more) after Mathieu Aubin got hurt in the preseason.
 
Utah took two of three games from Idaho last year over President’s Day Weekend.
 
The Grizzlies beat Idaho 4-1 in the first game of a home and home series in October before returning to Maverik Center the next day as they will do tomorrow.
 
Grizzlies goaltender Ryan Faragher is 3-1-1-0 in his starts in Idaho the last two seasons. This year, his 2.02 Goals-Against-Average and Save Percentage of .932 are better than his season averages.
 
Utah is 3-2 against Idaho goaltender Jack Campbell the last two seasons. He is 14-3 against the rest of the ECHL. 
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 6, 2016

02/06/2016 4:46 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies are going for two of three on the trip, four of five overall and wins in ten of their last 14 games.

Utah is going for their third-straight win against Tulsa, which would be their third longest winning streak against any opponent this year. They won eight-straight against Alaska and five-straight against Colorado.

The Grizzlies have outshot their opposition in five-straight games and in ten of the last twelve; having also outshot their opposition in five-straight games January 13-22.

Utah hasn't allowed a power-play goal in three-straight games for the third time this year and for the first time since November 6-14 when they held the opposition scoreless on the power-play in five-straight games.

This is game four of seven on the season series against Tulsa. The Grizzlies see the Oilers more than any opponent on their schedule this season outside of the division.

This is the Grizzlies final three-game-in-three night set of the year and by far the most difficult as they have traveled after games each of the past two evenings.

T.J Syner has five assists in the last two games against Tulsa.

 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 5, 2016

02/05/2016 5:41 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies enter the day 27-16-2-0, Allen is 26-16-2-1.

Both teams are coming off of wins against Tulsa in their previous games. Utah beat Tulsa 3-1 last night. Allen completed four-straight games and a split against Tulsa with a 2-1 win Sunday.

Alex Krushelnyski has scored four of his 19 goals this year against Allen.

The Grizzlies have nine players who have recorded at least a point-a-game against the Americans.

Utah has outshot Allen 192-48 in five games this year and recorded 39 or more shots in four of the five games.

Ryan Faragher will look for his 20th win of the season tonight against Allen, in his first start of the year against the Americans as the two teams meet for the sixth time on the season.

 

 

 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 4, 2016

02/04/2016 10:12 AM - Adrian Denny

Utah, Allen and Fort Wayne are the only two teams in the ECHL to have two of the top 14 leading scorers in the league with Charles Sarault having 12 goals and 40 assists for 42 points in 40 games. Alex Krushelnyski has 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 40 games.

 
Goaltender Mark Owuya has been recalled to Lake Erie for the fourth time this year. 
 
With Ryan Faragher’s 18-7-1-0 and Taran Kozun’s 4-2, the current Grizzlies goaltending tandem is 22-9-1-0.
 
Phil Pietroniro will return to the lineup tonight after missing ten straight games. In his previous 13 games before the injury, he was an even or better in 12 of 13 and a plus-eight with two goals and one assist.
 
Fort Wayne has now tied the Grizzlies atop the ECHL lead with ten shorthanded goals after the Grizzlies and Orlando had been jockeying back and forth all season.
Utah’s 12-51 (23.5-percent) on the power-play over this 8-3 stretch has moved them to ninth in the 28-team ECHL on the one-man advantage.
 
The Grizzlies have won 11-straight games when not allowing a power-play goal going back to November 14.  Utah is 17-3 overall this year when not allowing a power-play goal and 15-1 in their last 16 games when going perfect on the penalty-kill.
 

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