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Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on Tough 2-1 Loss

12/14/2018 11:36 PM - Adam Turner


Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 2-1 Loss

Sometimes a hockey team just runs into a hot goaltender. Facing the Rapid City Rush, the Utah Grizzlies once again failed to solve the riddle that is Adam Carlson. The visiting team’s netminder once again stole the show as the Grizzlies played with effort and passion, but unfortunately it wasn’t able to translate onto the scoreboard. Fortunately on teddy bear night, the fans were able to toss their plush animals but one goal was all the Grizzlies were able to muster. When all was said and done, the Grizzlies bowed down to the Rush yet again, this time 2-1. In his last 180 minutes of hockey, Carlson has surrended just two goals against Utah.

“We had a better effort tonight but we have a long way to go in that department,” head coach Tim Branham said. “We were there at times but we have to find some consistency. He’s a good goaltender and has a .940 save percentage for a reason but we have to make it more difficult for him to see the puck.”

It appeared for a moment that Utah broke through in the third period as an effort from defenseman Nolan De Jong found the back of the net but the goal was waved off due to a high stick. Of course, that didn’t prevent the majority of fans with their bears to toss them onto the ice as the crowd was anxious for a Grizzlie goal. The remaining bears were fortunately unloaded when J.T. Henke captured a power play goal to tie the game at 1-1.

However, just minutes later, Cedric Monteniny would prevent the home fans from leaving with the desired result, notching the game winner past Utah goalie Joe Cannata.

Joining Carlson and Monteniny in submitting the highlight reel, Rush forward Andrew Radjenovic struck gold yet again, beating Cannata who by his own right was almost as good as Carlson. Radjenovic has outscored the Grizzlies by himself in the last two contests, scoring three goals to Utah’s two.

Grizzlies Lose Tough One 2-1

12/14/2018 11:27 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose Tough One 2-1

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies lost 2-1 to the Rapid City Rush as Cedric Montminy scored the game winner with 3:16 left in regulation as the Rush have taken each of the first 2 games of the 3 game series.

It was a game filled with great goaltending as Adam Carlson got the win for Rapid City, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Joe Cannata was also solid for Utah, stopping 23 of 25 in a tough luck loss for the Grizzlies, who fall to 14-6-3-1 on the season.

The Rush took a 1-0 lead 2:10 into the second period as Andrew Radjenovic scored his 15th goal of the season and 3rd in the 2 game this week vs Utah.

It stayed 1-0 until JT Henke scored from the circle to tie the game with 7:27 left in the 3rd period. Henke’s goal prompted over a thousand teddy bears to be tossed onto the ice as it was Teddy Bear Toss Night at Maverik Center.

Rapid City took a lead for good when Cedric Montminy scored the game winner with 3:16 left in the third period. The Rush have picked up 9 of 10 games so far against the Grizzlies in the season series as Rapid City is 4-0-0-1 against Utah this season.

The final game of the three game series is Saturday night at Maverik Center. It’s Star Wars Night with specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to Make A Wish Utah. Face-off will be at 7 pm.

Grizzlies Notes: Rapid City and Utah were both 0 for 4 on the power play. Utah is 1 for 30 on the power play in the last 7 games. 

Grizzlies Add Forward Mike Economos to Roster

12/14/2018 3:37 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Add Forward Mike Economos to Roster

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies have added forward Mike Economos to the active roster, coming over from the SPHL’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.

Economos has played in 76 SPHL games for 3 teams over the past 3 seasons. During his time in the SPHL, Economos has 14 goals and 14 assists. Mike is 6 ft 1 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was born on May 14, 1992.

The Grizzlies are home for games December 14th and 15th against the Rapid City Rush. Friday the 14th is the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Ford. Saturday the 15th is Star Wars Night with specialty jerseys from Make A Wish Utah. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com, calling the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000 or going to any Smith’s Tix locations. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on Utah's 3-1 loss to Rapid City

12/12/2018 11:02 PM - Adam Turner

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on the 3-1 Loss to Rapid City

Normally, when the Rapid City Rush pay a visit to the Maverik Center, victory is all but certain for the Utah Grizzlies. Lacing up the skates has historically produced two points for the home team against the perennial bottom feeders of the Mountain Division of the league. But this year’s Rush club is different. Playing with a chip on their shoulder and looking to change their identity, the Rush hammered the Grizzlies, propelling themselves to a 3-1 victory and playing above .500 hockey.

“We didn’t come ready to play and that’s what happens,” head coach Tim Branham said.  “They outworked us and we put ourselves behind the eight ball. We need to be ready to go from the drop of the puck. We wanted an easy game tonight.”

A nightmare of a first period ensued that found the Grizzlies playing their worst hockey of the year. Sloppy with the puck in their defensive end, the Rush smelled blood early and capitalized with three goals, leaving Utah goalie Joe Cannata exposed in each scoring sequence. Andrew Radjenovic is Rapid City’s version of Caleb Herbert, and the Rush forward lodged his 13th and 14th goals of the season, sandwiched by a Tyler Poulson score. Notorious for outshooting and outscoring opponents in the first period, Utah this time found itself on the wrong side of 13-6 in shot attempts but most importantly dug themselves into a precarious 3-0 disadvantage on the scoreboard.

The Grizzlies cleaned some things up in the second and finally broke through when Cole Ully rifled a shot past Rush goalie Adam Carlson, who had been spectacular up until then. By the time it was all said and done, the Grizzlies had outshot the Rush 34-24 but the Ully goal was all the Grizzlies could muster. In fact, it was the only goal that Carlson has given up against Utah in the last 120 minutes.

“They’ve got a good goaltender but he’s seeing everything and we’re not getting enough bodies in front of him,” Branham said. “We need guys to step up and accept their roles and we didn’t do that tonight.”


Grizzlies Lose 3-1 to Rapid City

12/12/2018 11:28 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose 3-1 to Rapid City

West Valley City, Utah – The Rapid City Rush took a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the hockey game and defeated the Utah Grizzlies 3-1 at Maverik Center on Wednesday night.

Andrew Radjenovic scored 2:15 into the first period to give Rapid City a 1-0 lead. Tyler Poulsen scored his 6th of the season and 4th against Utah this season with 8 minutes left in the first period. Less than a minute later, Radjenovic scored his 2nd of the game and 14th of the season to give the Rush a 3-0 lead.

The Grizzlies got on the board 16:48 into the 2nd period as Cole Ully scores his 10th goal of the season. Ully became the 3rd Grizzlies skater to get to double digit goals on the season. It was the only goal allowed by Rush goaltender Adam Carlson, who stopped 33 of 34 shots to defeat the Grizzlies for the 2nd time in regulation this season.

Utah maintains first place despite the loss because Tulsa and Kansas City also lost on Wednesday night. It was a rare home loss for the Grizzlies, who are 8-2-1 at home this season.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night at Maverik Center. 7 pm face-off. It’s the Teddy Bear Toss presented by Ford, where fans throw bears on the ice after the Grizzlies score their first goal of the game. It’s also an AFCU Friday at Maverik Center, where tickets start at $8 for fans paying with their AFCU debit or credit card at the Maverik Center box office.

Grizzlies notes: Joe Cannata stopped 21 of 24 shots on goal for Utah. His record falls to 8-4-2-1 on the season. It was the Grizzlies debut for forward Julien Nantel, who came over to the Grizzlies from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. It was the home debut for Jack Walker, who played in all 5 games of the recent Grizzlies road trip. The Grizzlies went 0 for 4 on the power play. Utah is 1 for 26 in their last 6  games on the power play. 

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