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Grizzlies Game Day Blog: April 6th vs Idaho

04/06/2019 12:07 PM - Tyson Whiting

West Valley City, Utah – It’s game night for the Utah Grizzlies as they take on the Idaho Steelheads.

It’s the 14th meeting between the two teams this season. Utah has a record of 7-5-1 vs Idaho this year.

Fan Appreciation Weekend is April 6th at 7:00 pm and April 7th at 1:00 pm. Tickets are available now at the Maverik Center box office.

Playoff tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000. Home games for the first round of the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs presented by SmileDirectClub is April 17th, 19th and 20th.

Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies. Saturday April 6, 2019. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370, 104.3 HD-2.

The Grizzlies are back home after 7 straight on the road. Utah went 2-4-0-1 on the trip.

Home Playoff Dates Announced

It’s unknown who the Grizzlies are playing in the first round so games 1 and 2 are still TBD. We do know the 3 Grizzlies home playoff dates for the first round.

Grizzlies are home for game 3 on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:05 pm.

Game 4 is on Friday, April 19th at 7:05 pm.

Game 5 is on Saturday, April 20th at 7:05 pm.

Last Night: 3-1 Loss

Utah lost 3-1 to the Idaho Steelheads on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. Utah took a 1-0 lead on a Kevin Davis power play goal 12:53 into the second period. Ty Lewis and Cole Ully got the assists for Utah. Idaho tied up the game with 1:03 left in the 2nd period as AJ White scored a power play goal. Kevin Carr got a game misconduct after the goal was scored and Alex Leclerc was brought in to make his professional debut. Lecerc stopped 9 of 10. Carr finished the night stopping 20 of 21. Jeff King gave Idaho a 2-1 lead with 7:01 left in the 3rd period. Steelheads added an empty net goal with 38 seconds left to complete the scoring.

Caleb Herbert Named First Team All ECHL

Herbert is 5th in the league with 31 goals.  He also leads the team with 37 assists and is tied for 4th in the league with 68 points. Herbert has been big on the power play as he has 28 power play points, which is tied for 2nd best in the league.

He is the first player since current Grizzlies Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich to be named first team all ECHL. Kinasewich was named to the first team in the 2009-2010 season when he had 48 goals and 55 assists for 103 points in 59 games. Herbert is the first player to have more than 30 goals since Kinasewich had his 48 goals season.

Last Grizzlies player to be named to either the first or second team all league was Defenseman Nick Tuzzolino, who was named 2nd team all ECHL in the 2012-2013 season.

Grizzlies Signed Goaltender Alex Leclerc

Alex Leclerc made his professional debut on April 5th at Idaho as he was inserted into the lineup with 1:03 left in the 2nd period. Leclerc stopped 9 of 10 shots. He played for 3 seasons with Colorado College, where he won 38 games. He had a .914 save percentage in the 2018-2019 season. He is 5’11” and 185 pounds. Leclerc is 23 years old.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2. 

Grizzlies lost 4-3 vs Rapid City on March 18th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Allen on March 22nd and lost 6-3 to Allen on March 23rd. 

Overall record: 35-26-4-5

Home record: 20-12-1-1. Utah has outscored opponents 108-89 at home.

Road record: 15-14-3-4. Utah was outscored 123-114 on the road. Last night was last road game of regular season.

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Idaho on April 5th and home vs Idaho on April 6th and 7th.

Last 10 games: Utah is 3-6-0-1. Idaho is 6-3-1.

Goals per game: 3.17 (15th in league). 

Goals against per game: 3.03 (10th). 

Shots per game: 31.80 (15th). 

Shots against per game: 29.46 (4th). 

Power play: 20.6 % (Tied 3rd). 

Penalty Kill: 84.8 % (6th). 

Playoff Bound/Scenarios for First Round

Utah is playoff bound for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons, having made it 10 in a row before missing last season. Utah clinched the spot after a 5-2 win over the Allen Americans on March 22nd.

Utah is pretty much locked into the 3 seed. 1 standings point by Utah or a KC loss to Rapid City on Saturday night. They will face either the Tulsa Oilers or Idaho Steelheads, whichever team doesn’t win the Mountain division. Tulsa has 86 standings points with 3 games left. Idaho has 85 standings points with 3 games left.

Tulsa is home for the final 2 games (Kalamazoo on Saturday and Wichita on Sunday). Tulsa is ahead of Idaho by 1 standings point with 2 to play.

Idaho is home vs Utah on April 5th and at Utah on April 6th and 7th. Idaho is behind by 1 point with 2 games to play.

Kelly Cup Championship Experience on Roster

Last year’s Colorado Eagles Kelly Cup Champions have a few guys on this year’s team. Defensemen Teigan Zahn and Gabriel Verpaelst, Goaltender Joe Cannata and forward Joey Ratelle all have rings from the 2017-18 season.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders. Utah’s Caleb Herbert is fifth with 31 goals. He is also tied for 4th in the league with 68 points. Herbert is tied for 2nd with 28 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. He also leads the league with 4 shootout losses.

Ryan Walters Out With Injury

Forward Ryan Walters is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Walters had another solid season for the Grizzlies, where he had 17 goals and 31 assists in 64 games. Walters led the team by a wide margin in shots on goal (224). Next closest in shots on goal is Caleb Herbert with 187.  

Utah’s Road Trip Recap

March 22nd at Allen – 5-2 win. Joey Ratelle had 2 goals. Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal 1 assist. Grizz clinched a playoff spot. Jack Walker & Ryan Walters 2 assists each. Kevin Carr 37 of 39 saves.

March 23rd at Allen – 6-3 loss. Grizz 3-7 on power play. Caleb Herbert 1 goal 1 assist. Jack Walker 2 assists.

March 27th at Wichita – 5-2 loss. Turner Ottenbreit and Austin Carroll 1 goal each. Ty Lewis 2 assists.

March 29th at Allen – 5-3 win. Ty Lewis 2 goals and 1 assist. Mitch Maxwell had 1 goal 1 assist. Allen only 19 shots on goal.

March 30th at Tulsa – 2-1 shootout loss. Joe Cannata saved 46 of 47. Joey Ratelle scored lone Utah goal.

March 31st at Tulsa – 6-0 loss.

April 5th at Idaho – 3-1 loss. Kevin Davis scored for Utah. Kevin Carr 20 of 21 saves, Alex Leclerc 9 of 10.

Special Teams for Utah

Grizzlies are tied for 3rd on the power play at 20.6 percent. Utah is 2 for 16 on the power play the last 3 games. 2 of the 3 goals in the last 3 games have been on the power play. Utah’s penalty kill this season is at  84.8 percent and is 6th best in the league. Utah has been in the top 5 for the majority of the season on both the PP and PK.

Need To Score First

Grizzlies are 26-7-5 when scoring first. Utah has scored first in 38 of their 70 games this season.  1 of those 7 regulation losses was last night at Idaho, where Kevin Davis gave Utah a 1-0 lead.

Ty Lewis Sparking the Offense

Ty Lewis had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Grizzlies to a 5-3 win over the Allen Americans on March 29th at Allen Event Center. Lewis has 2 goals and 4 assists in 5 games for Utah after coming over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. With Colorado, Lewis had 8 goals and 11 assists in 51 games.

Kevin Davis Is Back

Grizzlies welcomed defenseman Kevin Davis back to the lineup last Saturday at Tulsa. Davis scored the lone Utah goal last night. Davis has 2 goals and 18 assists for Utah in 25 games.

Utah vs Idaho

Utah swept Idaho in a 3 game series from Feb.6-9 at Maverik Center. Since that series Utah is 5-13-0-4. Idaho is 12-7-2 since that series. Utah completed the sweep after a 2 goal performance by Mitch Maxwell. Grizz scored exactly 4 goals in each game.

On Martin Luther King Day, January 21st Idaho won 7-4.

Prior to the January 21st game all 4 previous 2 game series ended in splits. In doing the basic win-loss math the Grizzlies have won 7 games and Idaho has won 5. Despite many close games, only the October 19th game, where Idaho won 6-5 is the only one to go past regulation. Utah’s official record is 7-5-1 vs Idaho this season.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi, Joey Ratelle and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Shots Breakdown

Win

Loss

Outshooting

25

20

Outshot

9

15

Shots Tied

1

0

Nothing earthshaking on the shot breakdown except that Utah has outshot opponents 45 times this season. Utah has been outshot 24 times and 1 time the shots were even.

Upcoming Radio Broadcasts

April 6th – Idaho at Utah. 7:00 pm face-off. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD.2.

April 7th – Idaho at Utah. 1:00 pm face-off. ESPN 700.

No.

Players

GP

G

A

PTS

AP/PG

SO

PM

PPG

PPA

SH

GW

+/-

40

Caleb Herbert

58

31

37

68

1.17

1

82

12

16

1

6

-9

15

Ryan Walters

64

17

31

48

0.75

0

58

7

14

0

2

-14

12

Cole Ully

38

14

27

41

1.08

0

28

5

14

0

2

5

28

Jake Marchment

50

15

21

36

0.72

0

41

5

8

1

2

-4

7

J.T. Henke (total)

35

15

17

32

0.91

0

10

3

11

0

3

-2

 

GRN

1

0

0

0

0.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

UTA

34

15

17

32

0.94

0

10

3

11

0

3

-2

21

Austin Carroll

43

15

17

32

0.74

0

98

6

8

0

1

-2

11

Taylor Richart

70

6

23

29

0.41

0

37

3

13

0

0

1

23

Tim McGauley

39

14

14

28

0.72

2

31

6

5

Grizzlies Game Day Blog: April 5th at Idaho

04/05/2019 12:43 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Game Day Blog: April 5th

It’s the final road game for the Utah Grizzlies, who are in Boise to take on the Idaho Steelheads. 6:45 pregame show, 7:18 face-off on ESPN 700. 

Caleb Herbert was named first team all ECHL on Thursday as he leads the team with 31 goals, 37 assists and 68 points on the year. Herbert is also tied for 2nd in the league with 28 power play points. He is the first player to be named first team all ECHL since current assistant coach Ryan Kinasewich was named all league in the 2009-2019 season where he had 48 goals and 55 assists. Herbert’s 31 goals are the most by a Grizzlies skater since snatch’s 48 goal season.

Grizzlies signed goaltender Alex Leclerc on April 4th. He comes over from Colorado College, where he played for 3 seasons. He won 38 games for Colorado College and had a .914 save percentage in the 2018-19 season.

Both Utah and Idaho have clinched a playoff spot. With a standings point at any time this weekend and the Grizzlies for sure will be the 3 seed in the playoffs, where they will face either Tulsa or Idaho (Whichever team finishes 2nd in the division).

Playoff tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or any Smith’s Tix locations. Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend on April 6th at 7:00 pm and April 7th at 1:00 pm are also available now.

Utah Grizzlies at Idaho Steelheads. Friday April 5, 2019. 7 pm. ESPN 700

The Grizzlies are in the final game of 7 straight on the road. Utah is 2-3-0-1 on the current trip.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2. 

Grizzlies lost 4-3 vs Rapid City on March 18th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Allen on March 22nd and lost 6-3 to Allen on March 23rd. 

Overall record: 35-25-4-5

Home record: 20-12-1-1. Utah has outscored opponents 108-89 at home.

Road record: 15-13-3-4. Utah has been outscored 120-113 on the road.

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Idaho on April 5th and home vs Idaho on April 6th and 7th.

Last 10 games: Utah is 3-5-0-2. Idaho is 5-4-1.

Goals per game: 3.20 (Tied 13th in league). 

Goals against per game: 3.03 (Tied 9th). 

Shots per game: 31.91 (13th). 

Shots against per game: 29.42 (4th). 

Power play: 20.7 % (Tied 3rd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.0 % (6th). 

Playoff Bound/Scenarios for First Round

Utah is playoff bound for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons, having made it 10 in a row before missing last season. Utah clinched the spot after a 5-2 win over the Allen Americans on March 22nd.

Utah is pretty much locked into the 3 seed. They will face either the Tulsa Oilers or Idaho Steelheads, whichever team doesn’t win the Mountain division. Tulsa has 86 standings points with 3 games left. Idaho has 85 standings points with 3 games left.

Tulsa is home for the final 3 games (Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday and Wichita on Sunday).

Idaho is home vs Utah on April 5th and at Utah on April 6th and 7th.

Kelly Cup Championship Experience on Roster

Last year’s Colorado Eagles Kelly Cup Champions have a few guys on this year’s team. Defensemen Teigan Zahn and Gabriel Verpaelst, Goaltender Joe Cannata and forward Joey Ratelle all have rings from the 2017-18 season.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders. Utah’s Caleb Herbert is fifth with 31 goals. He is also tied for 4th in the league with 68 points. Herbert is tied for 2nd with 28 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. He also leads the league with 4 shootout losses.

Ryan Walters Out With Injury

Forward Ryan Walters is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Walters had another solid season for the Grizzlies, where he had 17 goals and 31 assists in 64 games. Walters led the team by a wide margin in shots on goal (224). Next closest in shots on goal is Caleb Herbert with 187.  

Utah’s Road Trip Recap

March 22nd at Allen – 5-2 win. Joey Ratelle had 2 goals. Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal 1 assist. Grizz clinched a playoff spot. Jack Walker & Ryan Walters 2 assists each. Kevin Carr 37 of 39 saves.

March 23rd at Allen – 6-3 loss. Grizz 3-7 on power play. Caleb Herbert 1 goal 1 assist. Jack Walker 2 assists.

March 27th at Wichita – 5-2 loss. Turner Ottenbreit and Austin Carroll 1 goal each. Ty Lewis 2 assists.

March 29th at Allen – 5-3 win. Ty Lewis 2 goals and 1 assist. Mitch Maxwell had 1 goal 1 assist. Allen only 19 shots on goal.

March 30th at Tulsa – 2-1 shootout loss. Joe Cannata saved 46 of 47. Joey Ratelle scored lone Utah goal.

March 31st at Tulsa – 6-0 loss.

Special Teams for Utah

Grizzlies are tied for 3rd on the power play at 20.7 percent (71-for-343). Utah is 1 for 10 on the power play the last 2 games. Utah’s penalty kill this season is at  85.0 percent and is 6th best in the league. Utah has been in the top 5 for the majority of the season on both the PP and PK.

Need To Score First

Grizzlies are 26-6-5 when scoring first. Utah has scored first in 37 of their 69 games this season.  

Ty Lewis Sparking the Offense

Ty Lewis had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Grizzlies to a 5-3 win over the Allen Americans on March 29th at Allen Event Center. Lewis has 2 goals and 3 assists in 4 games for Utah after coming over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. With Colorado, Lewis had 8 goals and 11 assists in 51 games.

Kevin Davis Is Back

Grizzlies welcomed defenseman Kevin Davis back to the lineup yesterday. Davis comes over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Davis has 1 goal and 18 assists in 23 games for the Grizzlies this year. With Colorado, Davis has 3 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. Davis turned 22 years old on March 14th.

Utah vs Idaho

Utah swept Idaho in a 3 game series from Feb.6-9 at Maverik Center. Since that series Utah is 5-12-0-4. Idaho is 11-7-2 since that series. Utah completed the sweep after a 2 goal performance by Mitch Maxwell. Grizz scored exactly 4 goals in each game.

On Martin Luther King Day, January 21st Idaho won 7-4.

Prior to the January 21st game all 4 previous 2 game series ended in splits. In doing the basic win-loss math the Grizzlies have won 7 games and Idaho has won 5. Despite many close games, only the October 19th game, where Idaho won 6-5 is the only one to go past regulation. Utah’s official record is 7-4-1 vs Idaho this season.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi, Joey Ratelle and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Shots Breakdown

Win

Loss

Outshooting

25

20

Outshot

9

14

Shots Tied

1

0

Nothing earthshaking on the shot breakdown except that Utah has outshot opponents 45 times this season. Utah has been outshot 23 times and 1 time the shots were even. Utah is 13th in the league, averaging 31.91 shots/game. Utah is 4th by allowing only 29.42 shots/game. Utah outshot opponents only twice in six games in the current trip. 

Scoring

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

SO

TOTAL

 

Shots

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

TOTAL

Utah Grizzlies

65

83

67

4

2

221

 

Utah Grizzlies

704

777

682

37

2200

Opposition

62

68

70

4

5

209

 

Opposition

682

682

628

33

2025

 

First Goal

Win

Loss

Utah Grizzlies

26

11

Opposition

9

23

 

After 2nd

Win

Loss

Leading

28

4

Trailing

2

22

Tied

5

8

Records

Win

Loss

OTL

SL

North

1

1

0

1

South

0

0

0

0

Mountain

30

21

4

4

Central

4

3

0

0

Home

20

12

1

1

Away

15

13

3

4

Total

35

25

4

5

Game Day Blog: March 30th at Tulsa

03/30/2019 1:32 PM - Tyson Whiting

Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers. Saturday March 30, 2019. 6 pm face-off Mountain time. Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 HD-2.

The Grizzlies are in game 5 of a current 7 game road trip. Utah has a record of 2-2 on the trip. The Grizz clinched a playoff spot with a 5-2 win on March 22nd at Allen. 

Grizzlies among league leaders. Utah’s Caleb Herbert is fifth with 31 goals. He is also 3rd in the league with 68 points. Herbert is tied for 2nd with 28 power play points.

Who’s Played Well in the Tulsa-Utah Series? Ian McNulty leads Tulsa against the Grizzlies with three goals. Jake Marchment has 6 goals and 5 assist in 5 games vs Tulsa. He’s out with an injury. Caleb Herbert has 5 assists in 4 games vs Tulsa and Kevin Davis has 3 assists in 2 games.

Ryan Walters Playing Well

Walters had 1 assist on Friday. He has a point in 6 straight games (1 goal, 6 assists).

Special Teams for Utah

Grizzlies are tied for third on the power play at 21.3 percent (71-for-334). Utah went 1 for 7 on the power play vs Allen on March 29th. Allen’s power play was 2 for 6. Utah is 5th in the league with a 85.3 % penalty kill.

Need To Score First

Oilers are 23-1-4 when scoring first. Grizzlies are 26-6-5 when scoring first.

ECHL Mountain Division Standings

Mountain Division Standings have the Steelheads in first place with 85 points. Tulsa is in 2nd place with 82 points. Utah is 3rd with 78 points and Kansas City is in 4th place with 69 points. Rapid City is in 5th place with 65 points.

Ty Lewis Leads Utah To 5-3 Friday Victory

Ty Lewis had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Grizzlies to a 5-3 win over the Allen Americans on March 29th at Allen Event Center. Lewis has 2 goals and 3 assists in 2 games for Utah after coming over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. With Colorado, Lewis had 8 goals and 11 assists in 51 games.

Kevin Davis Is Back

Grizzlies welcome defenseman Kevin Davis back to the lineup tonight. Davis comes over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Davis has 1 goal and 18 assists in 22 games for the Grizzlies this year. With Colorado, Davis has 3 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. Davis turned 22 years old on March 14th.

Grizzlies Lose 5-2 at Wichita on March 27th

Utah took a quick 2-0 lead after Turner Ottenbreit scored 18 seconds into the game and Austin Carroll scored 6:12 into the game. Thunder responded with 5 unanswered goals to give the Grizzlies their 2nd straight loss. Wichita scored 2 goals late in the first period, 2 more in the second and an empty net goal with 1 second left in the game. Wichita went 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Grizzlies went 0 for 2. Ty Lewis had 2 assists in his Grizzlies and ECHL debut. Lewis played in 51 games for the AHL’s Colorado Eagles earlier this season. Taylor Richart and Ryan Walters also got an assist for Utah.

Ryan Walters has a point in his last 5 games. He has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5. Walters has 17 goals and 30 assists in 61 games. Walters led the Grizzlies with 63 points in the 2017-18 season.

Not Many Shots On Wednesday but Won Battle on Friday

Utah was outshot 38 to 21 on Wednesday night at Wichita. Grizzlies had 10 shots in the first period, 6 in the second and only 5 shots on goal in the third. On March 29th the Grizzlies outshot Allen 28-19.

Utah vs Tulsa

Utah has a record of 3-2 vs Tulsa this season. Tulsa fans are going to be glad that Jake Marchment is not in the lineup for Utah. He has 6 goals and 1 assist vs Tulsa this season. Caleb Herbert has 5 assists vs Tulsa. Utah swept a 2 game series at BOK Center on January 29th and 30th. The game on the 30th saw Utah win 4-2 but lost Austin Carroll and Jack Walker to injuries and Tim McGauley and Kevin Davis to the AHL. Davis is coming back tonight but has been in Colorado ever since and McGauley has been with the Eagles ever since, McGauley has 2 goals and 6 assists in 20 games for the Eagles.

Utah 4 @ Tulsa 2 (Jan 30 2019) Final

Utah 2 @ Tulsa 1 (Jan 29 2019) Final

Tulsa 1 @ Utah 4 (Jan 19 2019) Final

Tulsa 7 @ Utah 3 (Jan 18 2019) Final

Tulsa 4 @ Utah 1 (Jan 16 2019) Final

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2. 

Grizzlies lost 4-3 vs Rapid City on March 18th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Allen on March 22nd and lost 6-3 to Allen on March 23rd. 

Overall record: 35-24-4-4

Home record: 20-12-1-1

Road record: 15-12-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Wichita on March 27th, at Allen on March 29th and at Tulsa on March 30th and 31st.)

Last 10 games: Utah is 3-6-0-1

Goals per game: 3.28 (Tied 9th in league). 

Goals against per game: 3.00 (Tied 9th). 

Shots per game: 32.07 (13th). 

Shots against per game: 29.01 (4th). 

Power play: 21.3 % (Tied 3rd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.3 % (5th). 

1st Period Scoring: Utah 65 Opponents 59.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 82 Opponents 67.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 67 Opponents 67.

Injuries

Grayson Downing is out with an injury. 

Jake Marchment has been out of the lineup due to injury. He should be back by playoff time.

JT Henke has been out this road trip and Cole Ully will be missing his 3rd straight game. 

Game Day Blog: March 29th at Allen

03/29/2019 12:21 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans. Friday March 29, 2019. 6 pm face-off Mountain time. Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 HD-2.

The Grizzlies are in game 4 of a current 7 game road trip. Utah has a record of 1-2 on the trip. The Grizz clinched a playoff spot with a 5-2 win on March 22nd at Allen. They lost 6-3 on March 23rd to Allen and lost 5-2 at Wichita on March 27th. It's the first game in a 3 game in 3 day stretch. After tonight's game the Grizzlies will travel to Tulsa for games on Saturday and Sunday. 

Mountain Division Standings have the Steelheads in first place with 83 points. Tulsa is in 2nd place with 82 points. Utah is 3rd with 76 points and Kansas City is in 4th place with 69 points. KC can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Friday. They are at Toledo.

Grizzlies Lose 5-2 at Wichita on March 27th

Utah took a quick 2-0 lead after Turner Ottenbreit scored 18 seconds into the game and Austin Carroll scored 6:12 into the game. Thunder responded with 5 unanswered goals to give the Grizzlies their 2nd straight loss. Wichita scored 2 goals late in the first period, 2 more in the second and an empty net goal with 1 second left in the game. Wichita went 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Grizzlies went 0 for 2. Ty Lewis had 2 assists in his Grizzlies and ECHL debut. Lewis played in 51 games for the AHL’s Colorado Eagles earlier this season. Taylor Richart and Ryan Walters also got an assist for Utah.

Ryan Walters has a point in his last 5 games. He has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5. Walters has 17 goals and 30 assists in 61 games. Walters led the Grizzlies with 63 points in the 2017-18 season.

Not Many Shots On Wednesday

Utah was outshot 38 to 21 on Wednesday night at Wichita. Grizzlies had 10 shots in the first period, 6 in the second and only 5 shots on goal in the third.

Grizzlies Good When Scoring First

Grizzlies are 25-6-5 when scoring first. Utah scored first 2 days ago in Wichita as Turner Ottenbreit scored 18 seconds into the game.

Grizzlies Recent Roster Additions  

Forward Ty Lewis comes over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles, while defenseman Duggie Lagrone signed an ATO. Lewis had 8 goals and 11 assists in 51 games for the Eagles this season. Lewis is an accomplished scorer as he had 84 goals and 107 assists in 4 seasons for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. Lewis had his best season in the 2017-18 season, where he had 44 goals and 56 assists for 100 points in 70 games. Lewis turned 21 years old on March 5th. Lewis had 2 assists in his Grizzlies Debut on March 27th.

Lagrone played for SUNY-Geneseo for the past 2 seasons, where he had 13 goals and 39 assists.

Forwards Ryan Galt and Tanner Nagel are also recent additions to the Grizzlies roster. Galt has 1 goal in 3 games for the Grizzlies, while Nagel has 1 assist in 4 games.

Joey Ratelle…Welcome To Utah

Ratelle got on the board twice for the Grizzlies on Friday, March 22nd at Allen.  4 games ago on March 16th  was Joey Ratelle’s Grizzlies and season debut as he comes over from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Ratelle is a dynamic hockey player who had 23 goals and 24 assists as well as 200 penalty minutes in 70 games for the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. Ratelle is 22 years old. He played in the QMJHL for 5 season, with his best year coming in the 2014-15 season, where he had 33 goals and 19 assists.

Utah Released Will Smith. Eric Freschi

Grizzlies released forward Will Smith. He had 3 goals and 1 assist in 14 games for the Grizzlies. Utah also recently released forward Eric Freschi, who had 4 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for the Grizz. .

This Season vs Allen

Utah has a record of 5-4-0-1 vs Allen This season. In other words, both teams have won 5 games against the other. This is the 11th and final meeting between the two teams. Caleb Herbert has 6 goals and 6 assists in 8 games vs Allen. Ryan Walters and Turner Ottenbreit each has 3 goals vs Allen. Austin Carroll has 4 goals in 6 games vs Allen. On the Allen side, Dante Salituro has 5 goals and 6 assists in 7 games vs Utah. Zach Pochiro and David Makowski each has 4 goals vs Utah.

Utah 3 @ Allen 6 (Mar 23 2019) Final

Utah 5 @ Allen 2 (Mar 22 2019) Final

Utah 4 @ Allen 5 (Feb 24 2019) Final SO

Utah 2 @ Allen 4 (Feb 23 2019) Final

Utah 5 @ Allen 7 (Feb 22 2019) Final

Allen 4 @ Utah 2 (Dec 30 2018) Final

Allen 0 @ Utah 3 (Dec 29 2018) Final

Allen 3 @ Utah 5 (Nov 24 2018) Final

Allen 0 @ Utah 5 (Nov 23 2018) Final

Allen 0 @ Utah 4 (Nov 21 2018) Final

Special teams have been Good

Grizzlies have at least 1 power play goal in the last 4 games. Utah went 3 for 7 on the power play on March 23rd at Allen. Utah was also 3 for 7 on the man advantage on March 18th vs Rapid City. Oddly enough the Grizzlies lost both games. Utah is 8 for 25 in the last 4 games. In the 6 game series vs R.C the power play was 5 for 33. The penalty kill was 28 for 33 in the last 8 games. Grizzlies are in the top 4 in both the power play and penalty kill this season (3rd on power play at 21.5 %) and 4th  on the penalty kill at 85.8 %.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2. 

Grizzlies lost 4-3 vs Rapid City on March 18th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Allen on March 22nd and lost 6-3 to Allen on March 23rd. 

Overall record: 34-24-4-4

Home record: 20-12-1-1

Road record: 14-12-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Wichita on March 27th, at Allen on March 29th and at Tulsa on March 30th and 31st.)

Last 10 games: Utah is 3-6-0-1

Goals per game: 3.26 (Tied 10th in league). 

Goals against per game: 3.00 (10th). 

Shots per game: 32.14 (13th). 

Shots against per game: 29.17 (4th). 

Power play: 21.3 % (Tied 2nd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.6 % (Tied 4th). 

1st Period Scoring: Utah 64 Opponents 59.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 80 Opponents 66.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 65 Opponents 65.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 5th in the league with 31 goals and is also tied for 2nd in the league with 68 points. Herbert is tied for the league lead with 28 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. Teigan Zahn is 4th in the league with 214 penalty minutes.

Injuries

Grayson Downing missed 8 straight games before returning to the lineup on Friday vs R.C.  He missed Saturday’s game vs Rush.

Jake Marchment has been out of the lineup due to injury. He should be back by playoff time.

JT Henke has been out this road trip and Cole Ully will be missing his 2nd straight game.

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi, Joey Ratelle and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th

Game Day Blog: March 27 at Wichita

03/27/2019 11:19 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder. Wednesday March 27, 2019. 6 pm face-off Mountain time. ESPN 700.

The Grizzlies clinched a postseason bid for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons after a 5-2 win over Allen on Friday, March 22nd. Now the battle for the Grizzlies is playoff seeding.

Mountain Division Standings have the Steelheads in first place with 83 points. Tulsa is in 2nd place with 82 points. Utah is 3rd with 76 points and Kansas City is in 4th place with 69 points. KC can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Wednesday as well as a Wichita loss in regulation and a Rapid City loss.

Grizzlies Lose 6-3

Utah scored 3 power play goals in the loss to the Allen Americans on March 23rd. Grizzlies got goals from Ryan Walters, Caleb Herbert and Austin Carroll. Utah went 3 for 7 on the power play while Allen went 1 for 7. Herbert ended the game with 1 goal and 1 assist. Jack Walker had 2 assists for Utah. Walker has 1 goal and 5 assists in the last 3 games. Walker’s passing ability has really stood out for the Grizzlies since he returned to the lineup on March 14th after being out of the lineup since January 30th in Tulsa. Kevin Carr stopped 28 of 33 shots.

Grizzlies Great When Scoring First

Grizzlies are 25-5-5 when scoring first.

Grizzlies Add 2 To Roster

Forward Ty Lewis comes over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles, while defenseman Duggie Lagrone signed an ATO. Lewis had 8 goals and 11 assists in 51 games for the Eagles this season. Lewis is an accomplished scorer as he had 84 goals and 107 assists in 4 seasons for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. Lewis had his best season in the 2017-18 season, where he had 44 goals and 56 assists for 100 points in 70 games. Lewis turned 21 years old on March 5th.

Lagrone played for SUNY-Geneseo for the past 2 seasons, where he had 13 goals and 39 assists.

Utah Released Will Smith

Grizzlies released forward Will Smith. He had 3 goals and 1 assist in 14 games for the Grizzlies. Utah also recently released forward Eric Freschi, who had 4 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for the Grizz.

Mike Economos Has Been Great

Last 4 games have been great for Mike Economos. He had 1 goal on Friday vs Allen. He has 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 4 games. Mike has 11 goals and 7 assists on the season after coming over to the Grizzlies in mid-December.

Joey Ratelle…Welcome To Utah

Ratelle got on the board twice for the Grizzlies on Friday night at Allen.  4 games ago on March 16th  was Joey Ratelle’s Grizzlies and season debut as he comes over from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Ratelle is a dynamic hockey player who had 23 goals and 24 assists as well as 200 penalty minutes in 70 games for the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. Ratelle is 22 years old. He played in the QMJHL for 5 season, with his best year coming in the 2014-15 season, where he had 33 goals and 19 assists.

Ryan Walters Passing the Puck

Walters has assists in 4 straight games. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games. Walters has 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 59 games.

This Season vs Wichita

Utah has a record of 7-0-1 against Wichita this season. 3 of the 8 games have been decided in overtime, with Utah winning 2 of the 3 games. It’s the final season meeting between the two teams.

Utah is 16-1-2 against Wichita over the last 5 seasons.

Ryan Walters has 4 goals and 8 assists in 8 games. Austin Carroll has 5 goals and 4 assists in 6 games. Caleb Herbert has 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 games vs Wichita.

Utah 4 @ Wichita 5 (Feb 2 2019) Final OT

Utah 4 @ Wichita 0 (Feb 1 2019) Final

Wichita 3 @ Utah 4 (Jan 5 2019) Final OT

Wichita 1 @ Utah 3 (Jan 4 2019) Final

Wichita 3 @ Utah 5 (Jan 2 2019) Final

Utah 6 @ Wichita 3 (Nov 9 2018) Final

Utah 5 @ Wichita 4 (Nov 7 2018) Final

Utah 4 @ Wichita 3 (Nov 4 2018) Final OT

Special teams have been Good

Grizzlies have at least 1 power play goal in the last 4 games. Utah went 3 for 7 on the power play on March 23rd at Allen. Utah was also 3 for 7 on the man advantage on March 18th vs Rapid City. Oddly enough the Grizzlies lost both games. Utah is 8 for 25 in the last 4 games. In the 6 game series vs R.C the power play was 5 for 33. The penalty kill was 28 for 33 in the last 8 games. Grizzlies are in the top 4 in both the power play and penalty kill this season (3rd on power play at 21.5 %) and 4th  on the penalty kill at 85.8 %.

Ryan Galt Scores A Goal in Pro Debut

Galt scored a goal in his professional debut on March 22nd, a game he won’t soon forget. Galt played for 4 seasons for the University of Nebraska Omaha from 2016-2019. Galt had 8 goals and 19 assists in 4 seasons for UNO.

Tanner Nagel Gets on the Board

Nagel got his first professional point with an assist on March 22nd at Allen. Grizzlies signed forward Tanner Nagel on March 18th to an ATO and on March 25th he was signed to an ECHL deal. Nagel previously played with Portland, Lethbridge and Swift Current in the WHL. This year with Swift Current he had 13 goals, 10 assists in 65 games. He was a -47 this year. Nagel is 6 feet 200 pounds.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2. 

Grizzlies lost 4-3 vs Rapid City on March 18th. Grizzlies won 5-2 vs Allen on March 22nd and lost 6-3 to Allen on March 23rd. 

Overall record: 34-23-4-4

Home record: 20-12-1-1

Road record: 14-11-3-3

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Wichita on March 27th, at Allen on March 29th and at Tulsa on March 30th and 31st.)

Last 10 games: Utah is 3-5-0-2

Goals per game: 3.28 (10th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.97 (7th). 

Shots per game: 32.31 (9th). 

Shots against per game: 29.03 (4th). 

Power play: 21.5 % (Tied 3rd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.8 % (4th). 

1st Period Scoring: Utah 62 Opponents 57.

2nd Period Scoring: Utah 80 Opponents 64.

3rd Period Scoring: Utah 65 Opponents 64.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 5th in the league with 30 goals and is also 3rd in the league with 66 points. Herbert is 3rd in the league with 26 power play points. Joe Cannata is tied for the league lead with 4 shutouts. Teigan Zahn is 4th in the league with 207 penalty minutes.

Injuries

Grayson Downing missed 8 straight games before returning to the lineup on Friday vs R.C.  He missed Saturday’s game vs Rush.

Jake Marchment has been out of the lineup due to injury. He should be back by playoff time.

JT Henke missed both games in Allen. 

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times.   Ryan Walters – 3 times

Cole Ully, Jake Marchment and Mike Economos – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Julien Nantel, Eric Freschi, Joey Ratelle and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th

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