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.
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.