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Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 7-3 Friday Loss

01/18/2019 11:15 PM - Adam Turner


Out of the 27 teams that comprise the ECHL, the one that nobody wants to face currently is the Tulsa Oilers. In possession of a 9-1 record in its last 10 games, to say that the Oilers are riding a hot streak would be an understatement. Unfortunately for the Utah Grizzlies, Tulsa has brought their act to the Maverik Center.  Although the Grizzlies exerted better effort than was on display Wednesday, the hockey gods didn’t smile favorably upon the home team, bowing down to Tulsa yet again, 7-3.

“I want to give them credit, they’re a good hockey club,” head coach Tim Branham said. “They work hard and play as a team.”

Utah outplayed Tulsa in the first period, outshooting the Oilers 13-8, possessing the puck for the majority of the session, yet by the time 20 minutes had concluded, the scoreboard read: Tulsa 3, Utah 0. A pair of costly penalties in the latter half of the period proved costly as Sam Wilbur and Ian McNulty pounced on Utah’s miscues . McNulty would strike again moments later, burying a chance and thus ending Grizzlie goalie Joe Cannata’s evening prematurely.

“We took it to them in the first, we outplayed them, outshot them and outchanced them,” Branham said. “They get a power play and a couple bad bounces didn’t go our way and it ended up in the back of the net. But I was really proud of the way we played tonight.”

Kevin Carr took over but unfortunately didn’t fare much better, surrendering two goals in the second period and two more in the third. This time Eric Drapluk and Scott Henegar got in on the fun and by the time Adam Pleskach rifled a shot that blazed the back of the net in the third, the score was 6-0 and a night that initially seemed promising was turning into a nightmare. Jared Thomas padded Tulsa’s offensive flurry with the team’s seventh goal.

One thing to be said about this Grizzlies team, though, is that they never quit. Tim McGauley, Jake Marchment and Turner Ottenbreit would salvage some dignity, getting Utah on the board with a trio of third period goals as Utah continued to fight. And McGauley, perhaps taking out some frustration felt by the entire team, exited the contest following a crowd pleasing, penalty inducing brawl.

“I think that was one of our best games that we lost this year so to speak,” Marchment said. “We worked hard and it could have been a lot closer and if we bring that effort tomorrow and bear down a little bit more we’ll be successful.”

“I was really proud of the way we played tonight,” Branham said. “We’ve got to put these last two games behind us and come out and we’ll take it shift by shift and period by period. I like our odds. It’s a great group of guys and we’re still a good team.”

Grizzlies lost 7-3 to Tulsa

01/18/2019 11:14 PM - Tyson Whiting

Tulsa Defeats Utah 7-3

West Valley City, Utah – The Tulsa Oilers defeated the Utah Grizzlies 7-3 at Maverik Center on Friday night as the Oilers have won the first 2 games of the 3 game series.

The Oilers were 4 for 9 on the power play tonight as they scored 2 goals on the man advantage in the first period to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead. Ian McNulty had 2 goals and 1 assist as he was the number 1 star of the game or the Oilers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Tulsa took a 5-0 lead through 2 periods of play. Eric Drapluk and Sam Wilbur each had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adam Pleskach and Jared Thomas each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Oilers, who lead the Mountain division with 52 standings points.

The Grizzlies scored third period goals from Tim McGauley, Jake Marchment and Turner Ottenbreit. Utah went 2 for 8 on the power play.

The 3rd game of the 3 game series is Saturday night on Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center. Charity games begin at 12:30 pm and go on all day leading up to the Grizzlies game at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com while supplies last.

3 stars of the game

1.      Ian McNulty (Tulsa) – 2 goals, 1 assist.

2.      Eric Drapluk (Tulsa) – 1 goal, 2 assists.

3.      Sam Wilbur (Tulsa) – 1 goal, 2 assists. 

Caleb Herbert Returns to Utah

01/18/2019 11:08 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Caleb Herbert Returns to Utah

West Valley City, Utah – Forward Caleb Herbert has been assigned to the Utah Grizzlies after a 7 game stint with the Colorado Eagles.

Herbert has 19 goals and 19 assists on the season in 26 games. The 19 goals and 38 points lead the team in both categories.

Herbert, along with Cole Ully were named ECHL Co-Players of the Month for November, where Herbert had 10 goals and 11 assists in 12 games and was a plus-6 for Utah.

4 times this season Herbert has scored 2 goals in a game for the Grizzlies, who have the best winning percentage in the division at .667.

Come watch Caleb Herbert and the Utah Grizzlies on January 18th and 19th against the Tulsa Oilers. 7:05 pm face-offs both nights. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center box office.

Upcoming Promotions

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm. Grizzlies are honoring all Police Officers and Fire Fighters.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee (1:05 pm start) Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-1 Loss to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:58 PM - Adam Turner


On Wednesday night at the Maverik Center after one period of play, the visiting Tulsa Oilers had as many goals (2) as the Utah Grizzlies had shots on net. Needless to say, that isn’t a recipe for success for the home team. On a night in which Utah only laced up 14 skaters, the Oilers took advantage of Utah’s depleted roster, punishing their way to a 4-1 victory.

“We didn’t come ready to play and they outworked us which was disappointing,” head coach Tim Branham said. “Guys didn’t step up. We’ve got to make sure we don’t put ourselves behind the eight ball right away two games in a row against good teams.”

Tulsa brought with them an impressive record of 21-12-4-2 and looked every bit as good as advertised, possessing the puck for the majority of the game against a baffled Utah team. Although the Grizzlies refused to go quietly into the night, fighting hard for the remaining two periods, Tulsa’s punishing style proved too difficult to overcome.

A pair of goals less than two minutes apart seemed to deject the home team as two of Tulsa’s first five shots on net were productive. Forwards Scott Henagar and Charlie Sampair fired successful efforts past the outstretched glove of Kevin Carr. On the other hand, Tulsa’s goalie, Evan Fitzpatrick,  wasn’t much more than a spectator as nearly the entire period was spent in Utah’s defensive zone.

Surprisingly enough, for all of Tulsa’s statistical prowess, they rank dead last in the league on the power play. However, that didn’t stop them from putting a stranglehold on the game in the second period when Jared Thomas launched a shot from the strong side that blistered the back of the net.

By the time Austin Carroll got the home team on the board in the third period, it was too little too late. Alex Kromm buried a chance in the waning moments and that was all she wrote.

“There’s nothing that we can adjust other than being ready to play,” Branham said. We’ll find out if the Grizzlies will answer the bell Friday and Saturday against a tough opponent.

Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:57 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

West Valley City, Utah – The Tulsa Oilers got goals from 4 different players and outshot the Utah Grizzlies 27 to 14 on their way to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night at Maverik Center.

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead early in the game as Scott Henegar and Charlie Sampair each scored first period. Tulsa outshot Utah 13 to 2 in the first period of play.

The Oilers extended the lead to 3-0 as Jared Thomas scored his 10th of the year on a power play goal. Tulsa went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Grizzlies went 0 for 3 on the man advantage.

Utah got on the board as Austin Carroll scored his 11th goal on an unassisted breakaway goal 3 minutes into the third period. Tulsa added an empty net goal by Alex Kromm with 1:57 left in regulation. The Grizzlies were outshot 8 to 3 in the 3rd period.

Oilers goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick gets the win, stopping 13 of 14 shots. Kevin Carr stopped 23 of 26 for the Grizzlies. It was a rare loss for Carr, who has a record of 12-3-1 on the year.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. The game can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2. The game is also featured as the ECHL.TV showcase game on Facebook Live. 

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