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Game Day Blog Entry: February 28, 2018

02/28/2018 10:48 AM - Adrian Denny

While Utah makes their first trip to Quad City in two years, Goaltender Joel Rumpel has already started two games at Taxslayer Center this season, including stopping 34 of 36 in a 3-2 overtime win for Wichita on November 24.

Austin Ortega’s seven-game scoring streak is the longest since Erik Bradford had a ten-game scoring streak last year from January 16-February 8. Bradford had five goals and ten assists in that stretch. Ortega already has five goals and nine assists during his seven-game scoring streak that includes three three-point games and four multiple-point games overall.

Utah has a period of two or more goals in eight of 15 periods of regulation during the winning streak as they’ve outscored the opposition 24-15.

Brad Navin (two goals, six assists) and Taylor Richart (two goals, five assists) join Ortega (three goals seven assists) as the two other Grizzlies who have scored in all five games of the current five-game winning streak. Ryan Misiak has two goals and five assists and Michael Pelech has four goals and one assist during the stretch. Jake Marchment has three goals and two assists in his first five games with the Grizzlies having given Utah 1-0 leads with first period power-play goals in three of his five games with Utah.

Rob Mann has one goal and four assists for five points during the Grizzlies five-game winning streak, including three points on the power-play in an extended role  after the Grizzlies trade with Colorado on February 15.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 24, 2018

02/24/2018 2:11 PM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies go for a five-game winning streak before they hit the road for four games in five nights next week with two games in Quad City Wednesday and Friday and two games in Indy Saturday and Sunday.
-Utah has gained eight points on the Allen Americans in the last eight days to cut their playoff spot deficit from twelve points to four points.
-Last year, Utah entered February 24 three points in back of Alaska for the final playoff spot and they didn’t overtake the Aces until April 1.

Streaks Coming Into Today
-Utah can tie a season-high with a power-play goal in their fifth-straight game, they also did it January 26-February 3.
-A win gives Utah a three-game winning streak at home which would be a season-high.
-Nine-straight games without going to overtime is the season-long, six was the previous high January 6-15.
-Austin Ortega’s six-game scoring streak can tie Utah’s season high with a point tonight. Greger Hanson scored in seven-straight October 16-November 18.
-Taylor Richart (one goal, four assists), Brad Navin (two goals, four assists), Ryan Misiak (two goals, five assists) and Michael Pelech (four goals, one assist) join Ortega (two goals, five assists) in scoring in all four games of the winning streak.
 
This Week
-Utah has three three-goal periods in two games this week and at least one three-goal lead in each game.
-Utah has 11 goals on 46 shots for a 23.9-percent shooting percentage.
-The opposition has pulled their goalie in the second period of both Utah wins.
 
Last Night
-Utah won the special teams battle for the fourth-straight game to coincide with their four-game winning streak.
-Seven goals was the second most goals Utah has scored in a game this year as they scored eight on December 15 in an 8-3 win.
-A 4-goal win was Utah’s second largest margin of victory of the season after the 8-3 win.
-Utah improved to 2-0 when shots were even as shots were 22-22.
-Ryan Misiak and Michael Pelech marked the ninth and tenth time this season that a Utah player has scored two goals, but no one has had a hat trick.
-Sam Babinsev (two assists), Gage Ausmus (one assist) and Mitch Maxwell (one assist) scored their first points with Utah and in Maxwell’s case, it was his first pro point.
-Utah also defeated Wichita on January 15, 2016 and won the following night 3-2 in overtime.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 23, 2018

02/23/2018 11:49 AM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies go for a season-high four-straight wins tonight when they host Wichita with Grizzlies Fight Cancer Presented by Stadler continuing on Saturday. 

Three-Game Winning Streak
-Utah has scored first in all three games, led at each intermission and never trailed in any of the games during their current three-game winning streak.
-Utah is now 13-3-2-0 when leading after one period.
-Austin Ortega leads Utah with two goals and four assists during the three-game winning streak, Brad Navin has two goals and three assists and Ryan Misiak has four assists.
-Michael Pelech, Jake Marchment, Rob Mann and Taylor Richart all have three points.
-13 different Utah skaters have scored at least a point.
-Joel Rumpel has stopped 103 of 111 shots for a 2.67 Goals-Against-Average and a .928 Save Percentage.
-Utah is 4-13 on the power-play and 11-12 on the penalty-kill as they’ve also added a shorthanded goal.
-The Grizzlies have outscored the opposition 5-1 on special teams and 4-1 on the power-play.
 
Against Wichita
-Utah is 2-0-1-0 against Wichita this year with all three games being played against Wichita.
-Utah has scored four goals in their first three games against Wichita and they have scored four or more in five-straight games against Wichita overall. 
-Utah is 4-0 all-time at home against Wichita and 7-1-1-0 overall against the Thunder.
-The Grizzlies have scored four or more goals in all three games against the Thunder.
-Utah is 2-12 on the power-play against Wichita, and 8-10 on the penalty-kill.
-Six Grizzlies skating tonight were not on the Utah roster the last time they played Wichita on January 13.
-He has given up four or more in six games this year, three of which have come against Utah.

Rumpel In Goal
-Joel Rumpel at 3-1 and 14-9 overall makes his fourths-straight start today since being acquired from Wichita as he’s stopped 127 of 137 shots for a 2.35 Goals-Against-Average and a .927 Save Percentage.
-46 saves Monday was the fourth  time in his career that he has made 46 or more saves in a game and it was the fourth time in his career that he has made 46 or more saves.
-Rumpel went 11-8 with Wichita this season.
 

 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 19, 2018

02/19/2018 11:50 AM - Adrian Denny

This Situation
-The Grizzlies play their first home game in 19 days as they’ll host Idaho today before returning home Friday and Saturday for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Presented by Stadler against Wichita.
-This is the seventh and final home meeting between Utah and Idaho this year with Utah holding a 3-1-0-2 mark at home against Idaho.
-Utah is 6-4-0-1 against Idaho with the most wins and third best winning percentage against an opponent this year.
-Utah will next meet Idaho in the second to last weekend of regular season March 30 and 31 in Boise.

Scoring First
-Utah looks to score first in a season-high fifth-straight game.
-Utah has trailed in one point or another in 43 of 52 games this year as they look to go three-straight games without falling behind for the first time this year.

Over The Weekend
-With a revamped roster featuring four new skaters, two returning from injuries and the second and third starts with Joel Rumpel, the Grizzlies outscored Allen 8-5 in 5-4 and 3-1 victories Friday and Saturday in Dallas.
-Idaho outscored Colorado 8-4 Friday and Saturday in a pair of wins.
-Utah scored first on the power-play to take a 1-0 lead in each game and never trailed despite Allen tying the game at 2 Friday and at 1 Saturday.
-Utah led for 37:28 Friday and for 55:33 of the contest on Saturday to lead for 92:51 of the 120 minutes of hockey.
-Utah led at every intermission in Dallas and improved to 12-3-2-0 when leading after one period.
-Utah went 3-11 on the power-play with a shorthanded goal and 10-11 on the penalty-kill.
 
Five Goals Or More
-Utah has scored five goals or more in six of the last twelve contests.

Home Debuts
-Five Grizzlies will make their home debuts this afternoon in Joel Rumpel, Jake Marchment, Gage Ausmus, Sam Babintsev and Mitch Maxwell.
-Rumpel (February 8 from Wichita) and Marchment/Ausmus (February 15 from Colorado) were all acquired on the just completed seven-game road trip while Babintsev and Maxwell were signed as free agents.
 
Rumpel In Goal
-Joel Rumpel at 2-1 and 13-9 overall makes his fourths-straight start today since being acquired from Wichita as he’s stopped 81 of 88 shots for a 2.35 Goals-Against-Average and a .920 Save Percentage.
-Rumpel has allowed just three five-on-five goals in three starts, hasn’t allowed a five-on-five goal in two of his three starts and has allowed two goals or less in two of his three starts.
-Rumpel went 1-1 with Cincinnati last year in Idaho in his only two starts ever against the Steelheads.

Marchment
-Jake Marchment has given Utah a 1-0 lead in two-straight games with a power-play goal and Friday assisted on a shorthanded goal for two goals and one assist and three points in his first two games against Utah.
-He had two assists in a 4-2 Colorado win over Idaho Wednesday night the day before he was traded to Utah.
-The three-game scoring streak is his longest of the year.
-He has three goals and seven assists for ten points in ten games against Idaho this year and was second on Colorado in points-per-game against Idaho.

The Special Teams Battle
-Utah outscored Allen 4-1 on special teams over the weekend at 2-0 Friday with a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal and 2-1 Saturday with two power-play goals.
-Utah is 10-1-3-2 this year when winning special teams and 1-1-0-1 against Idaho. 

Who’s Hot
-Austin Ortega has a four-game scoring streak for the second time this year and is currently riding his fourth scoring streak of three or more games in 20 games with Utah as he’s scored in 15 of 20 games.
-He has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 20 games with 14 of his points coming on the power-play.
-Brendan Harms has five goals and nine assists for 14 points in his last 13 games.
-Brad Navin has seven goals in his last ten games and seven goals and three assists for ten points in his last 13 games.
-Utah is 6-1-0-1 when Navin scores a goal.
-Ryan Misiak has five assists in his last four games after going scoreless in seven of the last nine before that.
-Rob Mann has his first two points of the year in the last two games.
 
Injured
-While Utah got Michael Pelech and Zach Saar back over the weekend, Charley Graaskamp will miss his 19th straight game today, Erik Higby will miss his eleventh-straight game, Chris Leibinger will miss his tenth-straight game and Kyle Thomas will miss his third-straight game.
 
Nate Mitton
-Utah will re-sign Nate Mitton ahead of today’s game after releasing him Friday for the second time in two weeks due to roster space issues.
-Fortunately for Utah, Mitton has never left Utah as the Grizzlies re-sign him for the second time less than 72 hours after releasing him.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 17, 2018

02/17/2018 10:47 AM - Adrian Denny

With a 1-6 on the power-play, 4-4 on the penalty-kill and a shorthanded goal last night, Utah improved to 9-1-3-2 this year when winning the special teams battle. Jake Marchment scored Utah’s power-play goal and picked up the secondary assist on their shorthanded goal. Both goals broke ties as Utah took a 1-0 lead on power-play and a 3-2 lead on shorthanded goal.

Utah has won the special teams contest in both wins against Allen with a combined 11-11 on the penalty-kill. In Allen’s one win against Utah this year, they went 2-5 on the power-play.

Marchment has multiple-points in two-straight games and for the first time this year after he had two assists Wednesday in Idaho for Colorado and one goal and one assist Friday for Utah in Allen.

The Grizzlies have now outshot Allen in 12-straight regular season games and 12 of 13 overall all-time after last night’s 36-29 effort.

Utah looks to score first in a contest for the fourth-straight game for the first time this year tonight. 

Utah improved to 11-3-2-0 and 4-1-1-0 on the road last night when leading after one period.

Brendan Harms has multiple-points in three of the last four games with two goals and four assists in that stretch.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 16, 2018

02/16/2018 11:14 AM - Adrian Denny

Along with Jake Marchment, Gage Ausmus, Mitch Maxwell and Sam Babintsev all making their Grizzlies debuts tonight, Michael Pelech will also return from injury. He has missed 13-straight games and was Utah’s leading scorer at the time of his injury with ten goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 35 games. Zach Saar will also be back tonight after missing 13-straight games.

Joel Rumpel is 12-4-1-1 all-time at Allen Event Center, with 17 starts as a member of Allen and one start this year here with Wichita.

Jake Marchment also played for Allen last year. He has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 21 career games at Allen Event Center. With Allen and Colorado, Marchment had two goals and six assists for eight points in 13 career games against Utah, including one goal and five assists for six points in nine games this year with Colorado against Utah. Both Marchment and Ausmus played in all nine games the Eagles played against Utah this season.

Utah looks to score first and in the first five minutes in their third-straight game tonight. Allen has scored first in six of seven games all-time between the two teams at Allen Event Center.

Austin Ortega has seven shots each in Utah’s last two games.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 10, 2018

02/10/2018 11:46 AM - Adrian Denny

For Rapid City's Marvel Night, the Rush will be wearing Captain America themed jerseys while the Grizzlies will be wearing Iron Man themed jerseys.

The Grizzlies enter tonight looking to build on four-straight goals to finish the game last night. It was the fourth time this year that Utah has scored four unanswered and the first time that they didn’t win.

21 goals in their last five games is their highest five-game total of the season. 20 was their previous high from December 29-January 10. Utah scored 19 goals in five games December 15-23.

Utah has a three-goal period three times in their last five games for the second time this year.

A goal tonight by Brendan Harms gives him a goal in four-straight games and ties him with Ryan Walters who had a goal in four-straight games December 1-6.

Joel Rumpel will make his Grizzlies debut tonight. He is 4-0 for his career against Rapid City during the regular season. He stopped 24 of 25 in a 3-1 Wichita win against the Rush on October 21 this season. For his career against the Rush, he has stopped 85 of 91 for a .934 Save Percentage and a 1.50 Goals-Against-Average having not seen more than 25 shots in a game.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 9, 2018

02/09/2018 11:42 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies saw new goaltender Joel Rumpel two years ago and remember those five starts well. With Allen during the 2015-2016 season, he went 4-1 with a 2.70 Goals-Against-Average and a .925 Save Percentage against the Grizzlies; including one shutout on February 5, 2016 as he stopped all 29 Utah shots in a 2-0 Allen win as they added a late empty-netter.

After a rare 0-7 on the power-play Wednesday, Utah looks to get back and going tonight. They’ve gone 23-straight games since they were last held without a power-play goal in two-straight games and it was just the seventh time in their last 23 games that they haven’t scored a power-play goal.

Brad Navin has four goals and three assists for seven points in the last nine games after having two goals and four assists for six points in the first 24 games that he played this season.

Brendan Harms has four goals and six assists for ten points in his last nine games after having two goals and nine assists in his first 29 games.

Utah looks to build on their 5-2 record after a day between games on the road as they are also 9-5-2-0 on Friday nights.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 7, 2018

02/06/2018 9:35 PM - Adrian Denny

Make sure to join us Wednesday for our one time only appearance on ESPN 960, ESPN960Sports.com and the ESPN 960 app with coverage starting at 10:15 a.m. ECHL TV will also carry the action. We’ll be on KSOP AM 1370/104.3 FM HD-2 the rest of the weekend.


Utah’s last scheduled morning game came on November 14, 2006 as current Utah Assistant Coach and now All-Time Leading scorer Ryan Kinasewich scored the game’s first goal 1:18 into the contest. Head Coach Jason Christie got a Game Misconduct at the end of the game from referee Josh Ellis, who we saw the last several years as a linesman in Alaska. Kinasewich also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the game that saw power-plays at 11-4 in favor of the Condors. 

Utah’s hot power-play  that stands at about 30-percent over the last month, put up similar numbers against Rapid City in January by going six for 19 (31.5-percent) on the one-man advantage.

Utah outshot Rapid City 105-50 in the first two games three weekends ago and 133-75 overall on the weekend. The Grizzlies have outshot Rapid City 318-220 this season through eight games for an average of 39.75 to 27.50.

This is Utah’s second trip to Rapid City in less than two weeks as the Grizzlies earned three of six points here January 19-22 as the Rush were in the middle of a 7-3-1-0 stretch. Rapid City has since lost four-straight and been outscored 13-6.

Utah’s 5-3 win Saturday in Idaho was similar to their last game here in that they trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before pulling away 6-3 on January 21.
The team that has scored first has not won six of the last seven games involving the Grizzlies.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 3, 2018

02/03/2018 11:45 AM - Adrian Denny

20 of Utah’s last 26 games have been tied or within a goal in the third period with Utah standing at 7-8-2-3 in those games. 33 of 46 (71.7-percent) games overall have been tied or within a goal in the third period as Utah is 11-13-6-3 overall there.

Eight of eleven games between Utah and Idaho have been tied or within a goal in the third period.

Idaho scored all of their goals last night in the final four minutes of a period or the first 61 seconds of a period. Utah’s goals all came between 10:13 and 11:12 of a period.

Sean Maguire started three games last year against Idaho as a Pittsburgh prospect with Wheeling as the Steelheads and Nailers actually meant six times. He was 1-2 with a .910 Save Percentage and a 2.68 Goals-Against-Average as Idaho took four of six games on the season series.

Austin Ortega not only leads Utah on the season with six power-play goals, but he is second in the ECHL overall among rookies in power-play goals and he has been in the ECHL less than a month, playing in 14 of Utah’s 46 games.

A power-play goal in four-straight games is a Utah season-high as they are now eight for their last 26 (30.7-percent) in that stretch and 17 for 57 (29.8-percent) since January 7. Austin Ortega has factored into 11 of those goals.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: February 2, 2018

02/02/2018 12:00 PM - Adrian Denny

Utah has been assigned their third forward from Anaheim in the last month and their second in the last eight days as they’ll now add Alex Dostie who was a fourth round pick of Anaheim in 2016. He was signed to a two-year entry level deal by Anaheim last summer. He has two goals and six assists for eight points in 29 games with their AHL affiliate in San Diego. Mitch Hults has one goal and three assists for four points in three games since coming down and Austin Ortega has eight goals, a team season-leading six goals on the power-play, and 14 points in 13 games since being assigned.


The Grizzlies closed out regulation on Wednesday by scoring five of the final seven goals after falling behind 3-0.

Utah has outscored Idaho 9-1 in the third periods over the last three games. Idaho has outscored Utah 8-3 in the first two periods the last two games. The Grizzlies have scored 16 goals in their last three games against Idaho after scoring two or less in five of the first six meetings.

In saying the Grizzlies want to play a full 60 minutes; Wednesday, a scoreless game became 3-0 Idaho in five minutes and 14 seconds. Saturday two goals in four minutes and 27 seconds turned a 2-1 Utah lead into a 3-2 deficit. Both disastrous five minute stretches included a shorthanded goal against.

In the other 111:19 of regulation, Utah has outscored the opposition 7-3 the last two games. 

Utah’s power-play is 7-19 at 36.8-percent the last three games and has drawn 19 of 23 power-plays in that stretch. However, they’ve allowed two shorthanded goals to break ties.
 

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