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April 5: Playoff Blog Entry: Game Day

04/05/2012 10:37 AM - Adam Turner
The Grizzlies need three-straight wins versus Las Vegas over the next five nights to advance. This has been a season series of streaks and Utah hopes that will continue.

So far this season, Las Vegas has a two-game winning streak (November 18-19), Utah has a four-game winning streak (November 21-February 17) and now the Wranglers have won four-straight games (February 18-April 3).

The Grizzlies look to reverse home ice advantage on Las Vegas, just like Fresno did on Utah in 2008. The Grizzlies opened the first round that year with a 6-1 win in California, followed by a 4-3 triple-overtime win the next night. When the series resumed two nights later, the Falcons, who like Utah this year struggled in game one, played well in game two, but lost a heartbreaking affair; rebounded with 3-0 and 6-1 wins in Utah to quickly tie the series at two.

Last year the only series forced to five games involved Las Vegas, after they had a 2-1 series lead on Idaho.
Same scenario the year before after Las Vegas had a 2-1 lead on Utah. The Wranglers lost both series. In the last two years since the ECHL adopted the best-of-five first round format, no team has come back from down 2-0.


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April 3: Playoff Blog Entry: Game Day

04/03/2012 9:52 AM - Adam Turner
Each of the last two seasons in the ECHL’s Western Conference first round, all six series have been 1-1 after two games.

Andrew Engelage is 3-1-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.18 GAA and a .957 save percentage. He has stopped 134 of 140 shots in that stretch.

Utah was outshot 24-21 by Las Vegas in game one of the 2010 first round and lost 6-4 on April 6, 2010.
Utah rebounded the next night with a 4-1 win.

Both Utah and Las Vegas are playing their fourth game in five nights tonight, with the only day off in the stretch being a travel day on Sunday. By Friday, the teams will have played six games in eight nights, with two travel days off before resting Saturday and Sunday before a potential game five Monday.

The Grizzlies have rebounded from four-straight non-wins with convincing victories.
All four wins have been by at least three goals and the last three have been by four goals or more.
March 16: 5-2 Loss at Bakersfield, March 17: 5-2 Win at Stockton
March 18: 4-2 Loss at Stockton, March 21: 6-1 Win at Idaho
March 23: 2-3 SOL Vs Col, March 24: 6-1 Win Vs Colorado
March 30: 4-1 Loss at Bakersfield, March 31: 4-0 Win At Bakersfield
Utah is 8-4-0-1 in their last 13 games and hasn’t lost two-straight since a five-game losing streak February 28-March 5.


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April 2: Playoff Blog Entry: Game Day

04/02/2012 10:45 AM - Adam Turner
In five-straight wins, Utah hasn’t allowed a first period goal. Utah has only allowed one first period goal in the last five games and only twice in the last eight games.

Led by Derick Martin at 69 games, Utah has 271 games of playoff experience on their roster. 17 of Utah’s 22 skaters have playoff experience. Martin and Ryan Turek, who has played 33 career playoff games, both advanced to the conference finals last year with Victoria. Kory Falite, won the Kelly Cup as a rookie last year with Alaska. Paul McIlveen had two goals and six assists for eight points in eight playoff games last year for Utah. He has played in 33 career playoff games.

Las Vegas has 227 games of playoff experience. 11 of Las Vegas’s 19 skaters have playoff experience.

Utah opened last year’s first round with a 5-2 win over Stockton at home after giving up a goal 1:13 into the game.


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