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Surging Grizzlies Host Rapid City Friday, Saturday

01/02/2018 11:57 AM -

Friday: Rapid City at Utah, 7 p.m. KSOP AM 1370/104.3 FM HD-2, ECHL TV 
Saturday: Rapid City at Utah, 7 p.m. ESPN 700, KMYU TV

This Situation
The Grizzlies enter the week at 5-1-1-0 since naming Ryan Walters captain prior to action on December 15. The Grizzlies host Rapid City, who Walters captained last year, Friday and Saturday.
Wild Wednesday On A Friday
Friday, when the Grizzlies host Rapid City at 7 p.m., it’s a Wild Wednesday on a Friday. We’ll have lower bowl tickets starting at $10 and free refills on popcorn and 44 ounce soft drinks. Fans can take advantage of this offer now at utahgrizzlies.com/wildfriday.

Maverik Center Winter Pass
The Maverik Winter Pass includes a corner plaza ticket to the Grizzlies game on January 6, a ticket to Justin Moore at Maverik Center Saturday, January 20, a ticket to Days of 47 Broncs and Bulls at Maverik Center Saturday, February 3 and All-Star Monster Trucks Friday, February 9 all for $69. This offer can be purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/winterpass.
Five Or More
The Grizzlies have scored five goals or more in five of their last seven games. 11 goals over the weekend against Idaho was oddly enough the third time they’ve scored 11 goals in two games against the Steelheads in the last year. Utah scored 13 goals in back-to-back wins against Rapid City December 15 and 16.
Third Period Three Pointers
Friday, Utah scored three in the third in a 5:38 stretch to break a 3-3 tie in a 6-3 win over Idaho and Saturday they scored three goals in 5:59 to erase a 4-1 deficit and make the contest 4-4, before having a fifth goal waved off on what was called incidental contact with the goalie and then ultimately winning the contest in the shootout.
Coming From Behind
Utah has erased four three-goal deficits to force overtime this year, including two 4-1 deficits in the third period. The Grizzlies have trailed in four of their last six wins and in six of their 12 wins this season.
Utah rookie defensemen Chris Leibinger has one goal and seven assists for eight points in seven games and a plus-four during the Grizzlies current 5-1-0-1 stretch, including his first career three-point night Friday with one goal and two assists. The Grizzlies acquired Leibinger from Quad City on November 1 after recruiting him last year out of college.
Carrying The Load
Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr leads the ECHL with 1,385 minutes played, is second with 631 saves and is tied for second with two shutouts. The Grizzlies goaltender has been in the top five in the ECHL in minutes for now four-straight seasons.

Big Goals
Jon Puskar has scored all four of his goals this year in the third period and Utah has won three-straight games when Puskar scores a goal. Last year, Utah was 16-0-2-2 when Puskar scored one of his 22 goals.

Rookies Reinserted Into Lineup
Brendan Harms returned to Utah’s lineup Friday after five-straight games as a healthy scratch and recorded two assists, while Charley Graaskamp added two goals Saturday after four-straight games as a healthy scratch.

On The Air
Fans can get the latest on the Grizzlies every day on ESPN 700 as “Voice of the Grizzlies” Adrian Denny delivers the morning report at 11:25 a.m. with Grizzlies In 60 during “The Bill Riley Show” followed by the afternoon report at 3:25 p.m. with Grizzlies In 60 during “Gunther and Hackett.”

Official Country Station
Z-104, Utah’s #1 Country Station, returns as the Official Country Station of the Grizzlies with select games broadcast live on the legendary KSOP AM 1370/104.3 FM HD-2; featuring Utah’s Classic Country. Denny joins Dave and Deb the Friday of every weekend home stand just after 9 a.m. on Z-104, followed by a visit with Country Joe on AM 1370/104.3 FM HD-2. 

Television Coverage
KMYU has begun its sixth season of televising Grizzlies games with the next broadcast coming up this Saturday at 7 p.m. as Denny joins Adam Mikulich from 2 News Talkin’ Sports for the call.

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