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.
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.
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.
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.