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First Round Playoff Preview: Series Opens Wednesday On Road

04/11/2017 1:29 PM -

Complete First Round Schedule

Utah Grizzlies Versus Allen Americans
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, April 14: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.
Game 3: Wednesday, April 19: Allen at Utah: 7 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, April 21: Allen at Utah: 7 p.m.
**Game 5: Saturday, April 22: Allen at Utah: 7 p.m.
**Game 6: Monday, April 24: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.
**Game 7: Tuesday, April 25: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.
 
Overview
Two of the largest markets in minor league sports face-off in this ECHL first round playoff series when the Grizzlies based in the heart of Salt Lake in West Valley City take on the Americans who are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Allen.

Not Even Close
The Grizzlies finished four points ahead of Missouri and five points ahead of Alaska in their furious run up the standings over the final four months of the regular season; going  27-13-4-1 to finish the 2016-2017 campaign after December 21. In the process, they clinched their tenth-straight playoff appearance.
 
Back Home
The Grizzlies are celebrating their tenth-straight trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs by offering $10 Corner Plaza Tickets for all first round games played at Maverik Center. The offer must be mentioned at the arena box office when purchasing tickets.
 
Playoff Wild Wednesday
Wednesday, April 19, when the Grizzlies return home for game three, will be a playoff Wild Wednesday that will feature $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Soft Drinks, $2 Churros, $4 Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale and $5 Student Tickets.
 
Both Teams Hot
Utah comes into the playoffs having won seven of their final eight regular season games while Allen brings a 16-game unbeaten streak into the postseason at 15-0-1-0. 
 
Second Half Surges Since Last Meeting
Utah won 25 of their 37 games after their last meeting with Allen on December 31, while Allen won 29 of their 49 games after January 1.
 
Opening On The Road
The Grizzlies open the playoffs on the road where they went 16-6-2-0 in their final 24 road games after a 2-10 start away from Maverik Center.

Special Teams
Utah closed the regular season by not allowing a power-play goal in a season-high five-straight games and in nine of their final 13 games. They went 16-for-17 on the penalty-kill over the final seven games and will be tested by an Allen power-play that finished third in the ECHL at just under 25-percent. 
 
In Goal
Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Boyle started the final six games of the regular season for Utah and went 5-1 with a 2.16 Goals-Against-Average and a .919 Save Percentage. He went 8-2 in his final 10 starts with Utah going back to February 1 with a 1.98 Goals-Against-Average and a .932 Save Percentage as he allowed two goals or less in eight of his final ten starts.
 
2-Goal Performances
Utah had five different players over the final eight games have a game with two goals. Michael Pelech did twice, Zac Larraza, Jon Puskar, Garrett Haar and C.J. Eick each did it once.
 
Broadcasts
Wednesday: Utah at Allen, 6:00 p.m., ESPN 700
Friday: Utah at Allen 6:00 p.m., ESPN 700
Wednesday, April 19: Allen at Utah, 7 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. Pregame Show ESPN 700
Friday, April 21: Allen at Utah , 7 p.m. KMYU TV, 6:45 Pregame Show,ESPN 700
**Saturday, April 22: Allen at Utah, 6:45 Pregame Show, Utah’s Classic Country AM 1370
**Monday, April 24: Utah at Allen, 6 p.m., ESPN 700
**Tuesday, April 25: Utah at Allen, 6 p.m., ESPN 700
 
Get the latest on the Grizzlies every day as “Voice of the Grizzlies” Adrian Denny delivers Grizzlies In 60 at 11:25 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN 700.
 
Denny joins Dave and Deb on Z-104 in studio along with Country Joe on Utah’s Classic Country AM 1370 the morning of every Friday home game during the 9 o’clock hour on the Official Country Stations of the Grizzlies.
 
The Grizzlies have returned to KMYU for their fifth season of telecasts. All Friday night home games will be televised for the rest of the season.
All games can be seen on ECHL TV for a PPV charge of $7.99.
 

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