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Game Day Blog Entry: December 29, 2017

12/29/2017 8:45 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation
-The Grizzlies return to Maverik Center after going 4-2-1-0 in their last seven games before Christmas.
-This is game two of a five-game home stand with Utah hosting Idaho tomorrow and Rapid City next Friday and Saturday.
-Utah has won three-straight Friday night games and are 6-4-1-0 on Fridays.
-This is the first time that the Grizzlies have been at home in their first games after Christmas since December 28 and 29 of 2012 when they took three of four points against Ontario.

 Versus Idaho
 
-Utah’s top line of Greger Hanson (two goals, four assists, seven games), Kyle Thomas (one goal, four assists, three games) and Michael Pelech (two goals, two assists, five games) are the Grizzlies top three leading scorers against Idaho.
-The last games between the two teams in Boise December 8 and 9 both saw scoreless first periods, with Idaho scoring 19:06 into the second period on December 8 and 4:59 into the second period on December 9.
-Utah outshot Idaho 29-14 in the December 8 and 9 games in the first period.
-Ryan Olsen led Utah with three goals in four games in the December 4-9 series against Idaho.

Into Christmas
-Utah scored five goals or more in three of their final five games going into Christmas.
-Utah scored a power-play goal in four of those seven games and didn’t allow a power-play goal in six of the seven games.
-In the 4-2-0-1 stretch, Kevin Carr has started six of seven games stopping 172/183 shots for a 1.80 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage.
-Ryan Olsen is Utah’s second leading scorer in the stretch with three goals and five assists with three multiple-point games and Ryan Olsen is Utah’s second leading scorer after missing the December 23 game injured.
-Olsen has scored in four of six games with two goals and five assists.
 
Special Teams
-Utah is 8-3-3-1 this year when scoring a power-play goal.
 
Kevin Carr
-Kevin Carr leads the ECHL with 1293 minutes played, 103 minutes ahead of Kalamazoo’s Joel Martin who is second.
-He is second with 581 saves, 12 behind Tulsa’s Jake Hildebrand.
-He is tied for the ECHL lead with two shutouts, his career high is three in a season from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 23, 2017

12/23/2017 6:23 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies wrap up the Pre Christmas portion of the schedule with Colorado tonight.
-Utah is 4-1-0-1 in their last six games.
-The Grizzlies at 3-0-0-1 in their last four games are unbeaten in four-straight for the third time this season (November 11-22, November 1-5).
-A win tonight gives Utah a winning December, even after going nine-straight games without a win from November 17-December 8 and starting the month 0-2-1-1.
-Utah returns home next Friday and Saturday with Idaho to continue a five-game home stand.

 This Series 
-Utah and Colorado wrap up three games in four nights, five games in December and nine of Utah’s first 30 games against each other to start the season.
-Utah and the Eagles have gone past regulation in three-straight games and five of the last six.
-Eight of nine games this year have been decided by a goal.
-Utah will now go 34-straight games without playing Colorado until the two teams meet March 21, 23 and 24 at Maverik Center and April 4 in Colorado.
-Colorado has scored first in seven of eight games and after holding two one-goal leads last night (3:25 and 3:57).
-Utah has had three one-goal leads against Colorado in regulation this year and neither has lasted more than six minutes and 55 seconds after leading 2-1 for 5:54 last night and 4-3 for 2:27. 
 
Nine Goals Friday
-The two teams combined for 9 goals Friday, including six five-on-five goals after neither team recorded a five-on-five goal against each other in the last 121:40 of regulation.
-Utah and Colorado also had combined for just three goals in the previous 131:40 of action before the nine goals in 63:04 last night.
 
Special Teams
-Utah has killed 16-straight penalties against Colorado after the Eagles had a seven-for-ten stretch against Utah after the Grizzlies went 11-11 on the penalty-kill to start the year against Utah.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in seven of their last eight games.
-Utah scored their third power-play goal of the season last night against Colorado and are now 3-38 against the Eagles this season.
-Utah has scored a power-play goal in three of the last four games.
 
Scoring Goals
-Utah has scored five or more goals in three of their last four games after scoring five goals just once in their first 24 games.
 
Three-Point Nights
-Greger Hanson has one goal and two assists for three points in three of the last four games.
 
Other Scoring Trends
-Ryan Misiak has multiple-points in three of his last six games with three goals and five assists in that stretch.
-Ryan Olsen has four goals and five assists for nine points in the last eight games, scoring in six of the last eight.
-Ryan Walters has seven goals and four assists for eleven points in the last ten games.
-Erik Higby has two goals and one assist in the last four games.
-Kyle Thomas has three goals and two assists in four games since returning to Utah from San Diego last weekend.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 22, 2017

12/22/2017 11:09 AM - Adrian Denny

A win tonight gives Utah their best four-game stretch of the year, currently at 2-0-0-1. They went 2-0-2-0 November 1-5. Utah looks for their third-straight Friday night win. Friday’s have been there best night of the week so far at 5-4-1-0.

Utah and Colorado have played two-straight games without seeing a five-on-five goal.

Utah has moved into eighth in the ECHL in shots allowed at 30.46 a game and is less than .21 shots-per-game allowed for being in sixth. Five times in the last seven games, Utah has allowed 18 shots or less through two periods. Nine times in the last thirteen games they’ve allowed 30 shots or less. Only Idaho allows fewer shots in the Mountain Division at 28.69 shots-per-game allowed.

The Grizzlies have historically been good when playing a game on the road after a day off. They are 3-1 this year in those instances. Coming into this season, they were 54-42-10 in their first 12 years in the ECHL playing on the road after one days rest.

This is the fourth-straight year that Utah and Colorado have closed out the pre-Christmas schedule against each other. Including Wednesday, Utah has gone 4-0-1-1 in pre-Christmas closeout series games against Colorado.

The Grizzlies at 6-1-1-0 when Michael Pelech scores this year; are now 35-12-3-4 over his four seasons in Utah when he scores a goal.
 

Game Day Blog Entry December 20, 2017

12/20/2017 12:01 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look for their second three-game winning streak of the year after winning three-straight contests October 20-27 and started at 0-4.

42 shots Saturday was the second most by Utah this season behind 44 on November 1 in Allen. It was the fifth time this year that Utah has tallied five shots in a game.

While winless in six against Colorado, five of the six games have been decided by a goal and three have gone to overtime. The Eagles have scored first in five of the six games and Utah has only led in one of the six games, the game that they scored first on November 17 and 1-0 was the lead for 6 minutes and 55 seconds.

Three weeks ago here, after Colorado went five for their first seven on the power-play, Utah completed the series by going seven for their final seven on the penalty-kill.  A stretch that has seen Utah go five of their last six games without allowing a power-play goal, including a 24-24 stretch.

Defenseman Chris Leibinger has three assists in his last five games. Ryan Olsen has four goals and four assists in his last six games, scoring in five of six and having one goal and four assists against Rapid City last week. Ryan Misiak has three goals in the last four games.

Erik Higby has a goal in two-straight games after having one in his first 21 games of the season and having 14 each of the previous two seasons.

Kyle Thomas can tie Greger Hanson’s team season-high with a seven-game scoring streak with a  point tonight after Hanson scored in seven-straight October 16-November 18.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 16, 2017

12/16/2017 7:49 AM - Adrian Denny

This Week
-The Grizzlies look for their third win in four games tonight.
-Utah will be in Colorado Wednesday and Friday before returning home next Saturday in the final game before Christmas.

 Last Night’s Markers
-Utah responded with eight goals after being shutout for the first time this season in their previous game December 9 in Boise.
-Eight goals was the most for Utah since an 8-3 win in Bakersfield March 13, 2015.
-Eight goals were scored by eight different players.
-Utah last scored five goals in a period December 2, 2010 to go up 5-0 after one in a game that they won 7-6 in overtime against Ontario.
-Visiting Utah Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich had four assists in that game.
-A plus-seven by Sam Windle broke the Grizzlies record of a plus-six by Milan Tichy on January 6, 1995 for the Denver Grizzlies against Houston.
-12 of Utah’s 16 skaters had at least a point, six skaters had at least two points, four skaters had one goal and two assists in Ryan Misiak, Ryan Olsen, Greger Hanson and Michael Pelech.

Shots For/Shots Against
-Kevin Carr has faced 24 shots of fewer in two of their last four games, the two lowest totals of the season.
-Utah has done this without Cliff Watson in four-straight games and James Melindy in two-straight games as they’re currently called up.
-Utah has 31 shots or more in four-straight games for the first time this season.
 
The Number 7
-Last night Kevin Carr won his 7th game of the year and Ryan Walters, Michael Pelech, Ryan Olsen and Greger Hanson all scored their seventh goals of the season to tie them with Taylor Richart for the team lead.
 
Back Together
-Thomas has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in his last 11 games for Utah and an assist in five-straight.
-Pelech has six of his seven goals this year and nine assists for 15 points in his last 11 games with Thomas.
-Utah is 5-1-1-0 when Pelech scores a goal this year.
-Greger Hanson has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in his last six games with Pelech and Thimas.
 
The Other Line
-Ryan Olsen has scored a goal in four of his last five games.
-Ryan Walters recorded his sixth multiple-point game in 16 played with Utah with one goal and one assist.
-Walters has scored in six of his last seven games.
-Ryan Misiak had one goal and two assists and now has scored in 10 of his last 16 games on the season with five goals and eight assists.
-Misiak has multiple-points in two of the last three games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 15, 2017

12/15/2017 7:06 AM - Adrian Denny

 This Week

-The Grizzlies host Rapid City this weekend to open eight of their next 15 games against the Rush. 
-Utah looks to build on an 8-1-1-0 record against Rapid City last year and a 14-5-2-0 all-time mark against the Rush.
-The Grizzlies look for their second win in three games tonight.
-The same two teams will meet again Saturday at Maverik Center for Star Wars Night.
 
-Kyle Thomas rejoined the Grizzlies for practice Wednesday after being called-up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego on November 10.
-At the time of his departure, he was Utah’s leading scorer with two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in twelve games.
-11 assists was second in the ECHL at that time.


Kyle Thomas

-Utah was 5-1-2-0 in their last eight games with Thomas in the lineup.
 
Back Together
-From October 16 until Thomas’ call-up, him and linemate Michael Pelech were second and third in the ECHL in scoring.
-Thomas had two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in 10 games.
-Pelech had five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 10 games.
-Hanson had three goals and five assists for eight points in five games before being called-up after the game October 27.

Against Rapid City
-Utah carries a five-game home winning streak against Rapid City into tonight’s game and a four-game winning streak overall against the Rush.
-Utah has scored four goals or more in five-straight games against Rapid City and did so in eight of ten games last year.
-They have scored four goals or more in 12 of their last 15 games against the Rush.
-Utah is 12-72 (16.6-percent) on the power-play the last two seasons against Rapid City and 73-82 (89-percent) on the penalty-kill.
-Ryan Walters, Ryan Misiak and Garrett Haar have all played for Rapid City. 
-Walters and Misiak were both traded there from Utah and traded back.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 9, 2017

12/09/2017 11:10 AM - Adrian Denny

Through three games in five nights against each other, Idaho has four points and Utah has three as Utah  looks for two points and the four-game series win tonight. The Grizzlies look to take two-straight in Idaho after the Steelheads emerged with two wins in Utah Monday and Wednesday. 


Last night was Utah’s first win of the season when trailing after two periods, but they now have at least one standings point in five of the 12 games that they have trailed after two periods in. Utah has trailed in the third period in three of their seven wins. Coming into this season, Utah had standings points in just 19.2-percent of their games when trailing after two periods compared to 41.6-percent this year.

It was also the first win for Utah this year when not scoring first in a game and the first game of the series in six games between Utah and Idaho when the team that scored first didn’t win.

Kevin Carr tied a season-high with 39 saves last night. Minus Wednesday night, he has allowed three goals total in his last three starts against Idaho and stopped 99 of 102 shots for a .970 Save Percentage and a .972 Goals-Against-Average.

Fun fact: The Grizzlies line of RYAN Walters, RYAN Olsen and RYAN Misiak that scored both goals last night and assembled mid game, was the idea of Visiting Grizzlies Assistant Coach RYAN Kinasewich.

Ryan Walters now has his second scoring streak of five games or more in just 15 games with Utah after two assists last night.  He has five multiple-point games as well.
With three goals in his last three games, Ryan Olsen is now tied for second on the team with six goals. With a goal tonight, he ties Ryan Walters for the team high with a goal in four-straight.

Ryan Misiak has four goals and six assists for ten points in his last 14 games after his first multiple-point game of the year last night. 

Utah snapped their nine game winless streak last night at 0-4-3-2 as they look for two-straight wins tonight. Last year, Utah snapped a nine-game winless streak at 0-8-1-0 on this very same weekend and took two-straight games from Rapid City.

The Grizzlies are now 6-1 in their last seven games in Idaho.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 8, 2017

12/08/2017 11:20 AM - Adrian Denny

Through five games, this series has seen good goaltending. All active goaltenders for both Utah and Idaho have save percentages above .916 and Goals-Against-Averages under 2.53.

Wednesday, Utah won special teams 2-0 with a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal and went 6-6 on the penalty-kill but was unable to take advantage. Utah’s penalty-kill has gone 25-27 against Idaho this year for a 92.5-percent kill rate. Utah is 2-30 on the power-play however.

A goal in four-straight games by Ryan Walters is the most since Alex Krushelnyski had a goal in five-straight games November 27-December 9, 2016. Mathieu Aubin and Erik Bradford each had four-game goal scoring streaks last year.

Ryan Olsen looks to score a goal for a third-straight game tonight.

Utah looks to build on a 5-1 mark in their last six games in Idaho.

 
 

 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 6 ,2017

12/06/2017 7:56 AM - Adrian Denny

 This Week
-The Grizzlies play game two of a four game in six-day set against Idaho before the series reverts to Boise Friday and Saturday.
-Utah returns home next Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16 to play Rapid City.

Head To Head
-Utah and Idaho meet for the second of six December games, the fifth of 15 meetings on the season and the third of seven at Maverik Center.
-Utah and Idaho each have five of eight standings points in the series so far with both teams at 2-1-1.
-Each team has a three-goal win at home and a win past regulation on the road against the other.
-The winning team has scored first in the four games.
-Utah is 1-24 on the power-play against Idaho and 19-21 on the penalty-kill.
-Kevin Carr has a 1.69 Goals-Against-Average and a .948 Save Percentage against Idaho this year and has stopped 64 of the last 66 shots that he’s faced against Idaho in the last two games. 
-Greger Hanson leads all scorers in the series with two goals and three assists for five points in four games.
 
Called Up
-Utah defenseman Cliff Watson was loaned to the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate in Utah before Monday’s contest.

Special Teams
-Utah has killed 10-straight shorthanded situations, which is the second longest stretch of the season.
-Utah killed 20-straight penalties October 28-November 5.
-Utah has a power-play goal in 10 of the last 18 games after not scoring a power-play goal in the first four games.

Ryan Walters
-Ryan Walters has scored a goal in three-straight games and has three goals and one assist in that stretch.
-A goal in three-straight games ties Utah’s longest of the year after Greger Hanson had a goal in three-straight October 16-20.
-Walters has Utah’s tying goal to force overtime in two-straight games.
 
Coming Close
-The Grizzlies have gone past regulation ten times in 22 games to collect standings points in 13 of their 22 games.
-During the course of this eight-game winless streak, the Grizzlies have three overtime losses and two shootout losses.
-Utah has standings points in seven of their last 11 games, but just one win with four overtime losses and two shootout losses.

Back In 2008-2009
-In 2008-2009, Utah went to 20 games past regulation including nine of ten games from January 9-February 4 as they went 2-0-3-5 over a ten game stretch.
-The 2008-2009 team went past regulation 15 times in a 25 game stretch from December 19-February 16 and went 7-5-5-8 in that stretch.
-Grizzlies Visiting Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich played in the first 18 games of that stretch before being called up and had 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points, which was second in the ECHL during that time.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 4, 2017

12/04/2017 7:55 AM - Adrian Denny

This Week
-The Grizzlies open four games in six nights against Idaho starting tonight and Wednesday before the series moves to Boise Friday and Saturday.

Against Idaho
-Utah looks for their third-straight win against Idaho after a 3-0 win on October 21 and a 4-3 overtime win the night before in Idaho.
-Utah begins a stretch of six of their next eleven games against the Steelheads who they stand at 2-1 against on the season.

Coming Close
-The Grizzlies have gone past regulation nine times in 21 games to collect standings points in 12 of their 21 games.
-During the course of this seven-game winless streak, the Grizzlies have three overtime losses and one shootout loss.
-Utah has standings points in six of their last 10 games, but just one win with four overtime losses and one shootout loss.
-In their last home stand, Utah was tied, ahead in six of the seven third periods and within a goal in the seventh game.

Over The Weekend
-Ryan Walters and Greger Hanson were involved in three of the Grizzlies four goals.
-Utah outshot Colorado in both games for a combined 61-56 output.
-Five-on-five scoring was 3-3 Friday, with neither team scoring a five-on-five goal Saturday.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a five-on-five goal in the last 83:41 of play.
-Their longest stretch of year is 89:10 without allowing a five-on-five goal October 20-27.
-Utah scored on their last power-play after going 0 for their first 11 on the weekend.
-Utah killed seven-straight Colorado penalties after the Eagles scored four five of their first seven chances against Utah.
-Utah and Kevin Carr didn’t  allow a goal for the final 54:45 of regulation and they’ve allowed just one goal in their last 57:15.

Once Again
-Last year at this time, Utah was on a nine-game winless skid at this time as they enter tonight on a seven-game winless skid.
-Both skids started after home stands of at least six games that yielded one win and at least two losses past regulation.
-Utah finished 29-16-3-1 last year after an afternoon loss in Fort Wayne on December 4 after a 7-13-1-1 start.
 
Puskar Back
-Jon Puskar returned to the lineup Friday after missing 15-straight games and tallied assists in both games.
-He was injured October 18 against Idaho.
 
Out Of The Gate
-Before Saturday in Colorado, Utah had outshot the opposition 85-49 in the first period over their last eight games, but been outscored 8-3 in that stretch.
 
Winning Recipe
-Utah is 6-0-2-1 in their last nine games when they allow three goals or less.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 2, 2017

12/02/2017 11:33 AM - Adrian Denny

Last night was the second time this season that the Grizzlies have scored in all three periods.

The Grizzlies now have two of the top three leading goal scorers among defensemen with Taylor Richart (7) and Cliff Watson (6).

Cliff Watson and Greger Hanson both scored their sixth goals of the season to tie them with Michael Pelech for second on the team behind Richart’s seven.

Five-on-five scoring last night was 3-3 with Colorado scoring four power-play goals as the difference.

Michael Pelech had his sixth multiple-point game of the year last night, Hanson had his fifth and Ryan Walters had his fourth as the Grizzlies got two points from their three active point-a-game players.

It was their first regulation loss of the year on the road in five games when scoring three goals.

Kevin Carr leads Mountain Division goaltenders with 769 minutes played and is fourth in the ECHL overall.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: December 1, 2017

12/01/2017 11:41 AM - Adrian Denny

Along with starting 36-straight Mountain Division games tonight, the Grizzlies begin a stretch of 11 of 13 games against Idaho or Colorado during the month of December. It’s the first trip during a three week stretch for Utah to Colorado as they will also play here December 20 and 22.

Utah’s Taylor Richart and Colorado’s Matt Register are tied for the ECHL lead in goals by defensemen with seven.

Utah closed out their last game against Colorado on November 18 by scoring three of the last four goals after falling behind 3-0 in the 4-3 overtime loss.

Utah is 3-0-2-0 in their last five road games to go unbeaten in five-straight games away from Maverik Center. Going back to last year, Utah is 10-3-2-0 in their last 15 road games.

Jon Puskar is likely to return to the lineup tonight after getting hurt October 18. He scored in Utah’s first game of the season here on October 13. Utah was 16-0-2-2 last year when Puskar scored a goal.

This year, Utah is 5-1-1-0 when Taylor Richart scores and 4-1-1-0 when Michael Pelech scores.
 

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