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
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.
-Utah defenseman Cliff Watson was loaned to the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate in Utah before Monday’s contest.
-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 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.
-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
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.