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Game Day Blog Entry: October 25

10/25/2013 9:21 AM - Adam Turner

Forwards Jamie MacQueen and Norm Ezekiel have been called up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk. Macqueen, the reigning ECHL Player of the Week, leaves with six goals in three games.

The Grizzlies went 5-0-0-2 last year against San Francisco and 3-0 at Maverik Center. Martin Lee is the only player remaining from the 7 players that Utah acquired from the Bulls last year in late season trades. None of the former 4 Grizzlies from those trades remain on the Bulls.

In their first three games, five minutes each night, have essentially kept Utah from being perfect.
Friday, Idaho scored two goals in three minutes and 24 seconds to break up the shutout.
Saturday, Las Vegas scored two goals in 1:17 and three goals in 2:54 to make the game 1-0 to 4-0.
Wednesday, Las Vegas scored two goals in 55 seconds to make a 1-0 lead 3-0 and scored three goals in 4:32 overall.
Utah gave up two goals in the second period Friday, three in the second Saturday and three in the first Wednesday.
Utah’s lapses this year have all been five-on-five.
They have been outscored 8-4 five-on-five this year and are outscoring the opposition 4-1 on special teams.
Besides those quick strikes, Utah has only allowed one other goal this year.
The Grizzlies scored two goals in a 28 second span Wednesday.

Utah is 4th in the ECHL averaging 36.67 shots-per-game. Utah has allowed just 45 shots in the last two games. Utah has 11 shots or more in six of nine periods this year and 16 shots or more in at least one period from every game thus far. Utah has allowed 9 shots or less in 7 of 9 periods this year and in six-straight periods.

Versatile PK/Special Teams

-The Grizzlies are one of two ECHL teams with a shorthanded goal and the only one of those two with a PK of over 90-percent.
-Utah is 10-10 on the PK at home this year, while going 2-6 on the power-play with a shorthanded goal at Maverik Center.
-Utah has scored one power-play goal in the first three games.
-Brent Gwidt has three shorthanded scoring chances in three games.

Gwidt/Shots On Goal
-Brent Gwidt had a season-high of nine shots Wednesday for Utah and leads Utah and the ECHL with 22 shots on net.
-Gwidt had a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal Wednesday and was one goal a way from Utah’s second-straight home hat trick after MacQueen’s opening night four-goal performance.
-Utah has the top three shooters in the ECHL with Gwidt, MacQueen (20) and Adam Pineault (13).

Scoring Streaks

-Pineault leads active Utah players, having scored in all three games; with one assist each night.
-Berkley Scott has a power-play assist in each game played this year.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 23

10/23/2013 9:53 AM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies will look to bounce back from a game Saturday where they seemingly controlled the box score, but not the score board.

Utah outshot the Wranglers 41-22 and drew nine of 13 power-plays Saturday night.

Talking about the improvement from game one to game two, Head Coach Tim Branham said he clipped over 90 things to go over from Friday night’s game, but only around 50 from Saturday’s contest.

Anaheim Ducks Goaltender Consultant Sudarshan Maharaj is in town this week working with Utah goaltender Igor Babkov.

Monday at practice, the team broke into two groups competing against each other. The losing team bought everyone lunch at Zupas.

No player movement has taken place since Friday, when goaltender Aaron Dell was loaned to Norfolk where he remains.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 19

10/19/2013 4:56 PM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies enter day two with two of the top three leading scorers in the league after Jamie MacQueen had four goals and David Vallorani had three assists last night.

MacQueen also led Utah with seven shots last night. Utah came out meaning business; they tallied 21 shots in the first period.

Utah led for 56:34 of the contest last night after taking a 1-0 lead 3:26 into the contest and never looking back.

Tim Branham’s penalty-kill that he oversaw last year in Reading ranked third in the league. Utah is now 13 for 13 over their last two games after allowing three power-play goals during their first preseason game.

Las Vegas went 0-4 in the preseason and scored five goals. Utah will look for a quick start this evening on their opening night.

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Game Day Blog Entry: October 18

10/18/2013 8:40 AM - Adam Turner

This Utah team looks to be one that will score goals by working hard. One issue in the ECHL is talented players who aren’t willing to pay the price and go to the tough spots that it takes to score, I don’t see that being a problem with this group. One thing I noticed in Saturday’s pre-game team meeting with Tim Branham is how detailed he was with his team. There was definitely a lot covered and it resulted in the team going among other things 7-7 on the penalty-kill after allowing 3 power-play goals to Idaho the night before.

In today’s article from Steve Luhm in The Salt Lake Tribune, Branham did not announce who would start, we’ll see it tonight when the team takes the ice for warm-ups.

Branham remarked how having three top goaltenders is a good problem to have.

Utah and Idaho meet for the 1st of 13 times on the year, eight of the 13 meetings will take place at Maverik Center.

Utah’s roster includes eight players who have played with the team at some point in the past.

Head Coach Tim Branham is one of nine ECHL coaches who will debut with their current teams this weekend.

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