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Game Day Blog Entry: November 28, 2015

11/28/2015 1:36 AM - Adam Turner

Friday Night

-The Grizzlies beat Allen 7-3 in their return home from South Dakota and have now won three of their last four home games.
-Seven goals was a season-high, as was the four-goal margin of victory, four goals in the first period, two shorthanded goals, five points by Bryan Moore on two goals and three assists, and the fastest goal to start a game 2:25 into the first period.
-18 shots in the first period was also a season-high for first periods.
-Utah scored two power-play goals in a game for the second time this year and for the first time since opening night.
-Utah improved to 7-1 when scoring first.
First Time Since
-Utah scored four goals in the first period for the first time since November 29, 2014 at Bakersfield.
-Seven goals for Utah was the most at Maverik Center since a 7-2 win over Stockton on January 9, 2015 and the most they have scored since an 8-3 win over Bakersfield on March 13, 2015.
-Five points for Moore was the most since Brenden Walker had five points in that 8-3 win against Bakersfield on March 13, 2015.
In Goal
-Taran Kozun stopped 34 of 37 shots, including 15 of 16 in the third period and 28 of 30 over the final 40 minutes.
-The win was the first of Kozun’s professional career.
Shorthanded Goals
-Bryan Moore became the fourth Grizzlies player in history to record two shorthanded goals in a game Friday.
-The Grizzlies have recorded five shorthanded goals in the last seven games and are now tied for the league lead with six shorthanded goals.
With the Grizzlies
-Bryan Moore has two goals and five assists in three games with Utah this season, which really is two goals and five assists in two games; all against Allen.
Rookie Scorer Picks Up Where He Left Off
-Matt Berry, who led the ECHL in rookie scoring at the time of his call-up on November 14 had one goal and one assist in his return to the Utah lineup Friday and now has eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 13 games with Utah; having scored in 11 of 13 games with the Grizzlies.
-Last night was his fourth multiple-point game of the season.
-Connor Hardowa set a Utah season-high last night with a plus-four and scored a goal for the second time in three games.
-Hardowa is second among ECHL defensemen with plus-12.
-Eric Knodel has one goal and four assists in seven games since rejoining the Grizzlies from San Diego on November 4 and rejoined the Grizzlies Friday after another call-up.
-Alex Krushelnyski had three points in a game for the second time in two weeks as he snapped a five-game scoring drought. 
-Charles Sarault had his fourth multiple-point game of the season with three assists.
Young Group
-The Grizzlies now have six players on the roster that are 21-years-old with the addition of Roberts Lipsbergs and Taran Kozun. Josh MacDonald, Phil Pietroniro, Bryan Moore and Kenton Helgesen.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 27, 2015

11/27/2015 11:25 AM - Adam Turner

 Comings and Goings
-Monday, Shayne Taker, Ryan Walters and Ryan Faragher were called-up to the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego.
-Thursday, Bryan Moore, Matt Berry and Eric Knodel were returned to the Grizzlies.-Berry was called-up to San Diego on November 14 and at the time of his call-up was leading ECHL rookies in scoring with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 12 games. He played in three games with San Diego over the last ten days.
-Moore had two assists in two games against Allen on October 23 and 24 in his only two games with Utah played 13 games with the Gulls since totaling two assists.
-Eric Knodel returns to Utah after totaling four assists in six games from November 4-14 between call-ups.

New Additions
-The Grizzlies have signed defenseman Gentry Zollars who has appeared with the team the previous two seasons.
-The Grizzlies have acquired rookie Roberts Lipsbergs from the Adirondack Thunder.
-Lipsbergs had 146 points on 79 goals and 67 assists in 198 WHL games.
Shorthanded Situations
-The Grizzlies haven’t gone shorthanded more than three times in the last nine games.
-The Grizzlies haven’t gone shorthanded more than twice in seven of their last nine games and they haven’t gone short more than once twice in that stretch.
-Utah did not go shorthanded on Saturday, November 21 in Rapid City.
1-0, Not For Long
-Four times this year, including twice versus Allen, the Grizzlies have fallen behind 1-0 in the first period and battled back to tie less than a minute later.
-At Rapid City, November 21: Utah fell behind at 4:50 of the first period and tied game 53 seconds later at 4:53.
-At Rapid City, November 18: Utah fell behind 1-0 at 3:01 and tied one minute later at 4:01.
-Vs Allen, October 24: Utah fell behind 1-0 3:05 into the first period and tied the game 32 seconds later at 3:37.
Vs Allen, October 23: Utah fell behind 1-0 14:09 into the first period and tied the game 59 seconds later at 15:08. 
Against Allen
-Barry Almeida had one goal and three assists against Allen October 23 and 24; including one goal and two assists on October 24.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 21, 2015

11/21/2015 11:10 AM - Adam Turner

A win tonight gives Utah two of three on the weekend and their fourth of five weekends to open the season in which they have been .500 or better.

October 16-17: 2-0
October 23-24: 0-1-1-0
October 30-31: 1-1
November 2-7: 3-1
November 11-14: 2-1
November: 18-21: 1-1
The first place Grizzlies look to take two of three on the weekend series in Rapid City against the second place Rush. As we talked about in Alaska two weeks ago, the Grizzlies have been good in these rubber games under Tim Branham. They are 11-6-1-0 in game three of a series during the last three seasons.
The Grizzlies lead Idaho and Rapid City by five points in the division. So far this week, Utah is 1-1; Idaho is 1-0-1-0, Colorado is 1-0-1-0, Rapid City is 1-0-0-1 and Alaska is 0-2. So after a bit of a rough patch in games out of conference, everyone is starting to get back on track and sharing more points in head-to-head division action.
It’s the fifth meeting in nine days between the two teams. A Utah win tonight gives the Grizzlies three out of five games. After this busy nine-day stretch with five games, Utah won’t see the Rush again until January 6 at Maverik Center. The Grizzlies won’t come back to South Dakota until the last weekend of the regular season on April 8 and 9.
The Grizzlies have drawn six of eight power-plays each night so far and now have drawn 12 of the 16 power-plays on the week in Rapid City.
Ryan Faragher enters the night tied with Joel Rumpel of Allen for the ECHL lead with nine wins.
Jon Puskar (one goal, one assist) and Shayne Taker (two assists) each enter the night with two-game scoring streaks. Taker has two goals and three assists for five points in seven games. Connor Hardowa has one goal and three assists for four points in the last six games.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 20, 2015

11/20/2015 11:46 AM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies became the first ECHL team in history to start 7-0 on the road with their 3-2 shootout win in Rapid City on Wednesday.

Utah and Rapid City have played three-straight games that have been tied or within a goal in the third period and they have gone past regulation in two of three games played so far.  The Grizzlies have won both games that have gone past regulation.
Both Anaheim Ducks minor league affiliates are off to good starts despite lots of early movement on both rosters. Utah is 9-4-1-0, San Diego is 9-4-0-1 and after their slow start; Anaheim is 6-2-2 in their last ten games.
The Grizzlies have three shorthanded goals in their last four games and now are in sole possession of second place in shorthanded goals in the ECHL with four. They led the ECHL with 17 shorthanded goals last year.
Utah is now 26 for their last 27 on the penalty-kill.
Rookie Torin Snydeman has two goals in his first three games and also had Wednesday’s game-winner in the 11th round of the shootout. Brent Gwidt has assisted on both of Snydeman’s goals.
Ryan Faragher is now tied with Joel Rumpel of Allen with an ECHL leading nine wins.
Ryan Walters has five shots or more in five-straight games and is second in the ECHL with 61 shots. 
Connor Hardowa leads Utah and is tied for second in the ECHL among defensemen with a plus-nine.

Game Day Blog Entry November 18, 2015

11/18/2015 11:16 AM - Adam Turner

Rapid City is the first of many new stops for Utah in 2015-2016. The team will go to Tulsa and Allen for the first time in two weeks followed by Toledo in January and Quad City, Indy and Kalamazoo in February and March for the first time in the ECHL era.

Eric Knodel was called-up to the Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego for the second time this year on Monday evening.
Barry Almeida will return to the lineup tonight after missing the last two weekends of action and six-straight games. Almeida last played on November 2 and has six goals and three assists for nine points in six games.
The Grizzlies roster has been in constant flux, as the team has jumped out to the 8-4-1-0 start and first place in the West Division; here are the rest of the players who have been with the team and are now called up.
Andrew O’Brien
Kenny Ryan
Bryan Moore
Alex Gallant
Matt Berry
Here are the other players, all forwards, who are currently all out with injury.
Mathieu Aubin
Cam Wojtala
T.J. Syner
Josh MacDonald

Game Day Blog Entry November 14, 2015

11/14/2015 3:00 PM - Adam Turner

The Situation

-The Grizzlies enter the day winners of five-straight games and in first place by six points in the West Division over Idaho.
-After Utah’s five-game winning streak, the rest of the West Division is 0-12-3-0 in the last 15 games.
-At 8-3-0-1, the Grizzlies are off to their best start since 2011, when they started 9-3.
-Utah is now 8-2 against the West Division.
Big Crowd Friday Night
-9,262 fans last night moved the Grizzlies to sixth place in the 28-team ECHL in attendance with an average of 5,023 fans per-game.
-The Grizzlies are wearing Kelly Green and Gold uniforms tonight that the Salt Lake Golden Eagles wore from 1972-1987.
-The jerseys will be auctioned off live after the game with all proceeds going to the Angel’s Hands Foundation.
Scoring Goals
-The Grizzlies have scored four goals or more in eight of 12 games and five goals in three games.
-The Grizzlies have had a three-goal period in three of the last four games.
-Utah is 6-1 when scoring the game’s first goal.
Last Night
-The Grizzlies outshot Rapid City 40-21 in a game that saw only one power-play for each team in the 5-4 overtime win.
-Alex Krushelnyski recorded his first pro hat trick in the game.
-Utah outshot Rapid City16-3 in the first, 11-9 in the second period, 11-9 in the third period and 2-0 in overtime.
-The Grizzlies scored five goals in a game for the third time this season and for the eighth time in 12 games.
-Ryan Walters led Utah with seven shots, Alex Krushelnyski had six shots.
-It was the first time the Grizzlies have given up more than two goals in the last six games.
-21 shots allowed was the fewest the Grizzlies have allowed in the game was the fewest allowed this year as was three goals allowed in the first period.
-Connor Hardowa, Ryan Walters (one goal, three assists) and Charles Sarault extended their scoring streaks to three in the game.
-Hardowa has three assists in that stretch, Sarault has two goals and three assists.
Five-Straight Wins
-The Grizzlies have won five-straight for the first time since January 24-Feburary 1, 2014.
-Utah last won six-straight games during a seven-game winning streak October 15-November 4, 2011.
-Rapid City enters the night winless in three-straight contests.
-Forward Alex Gallant was called up to the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda Thursday.
-Forward Matt Berry was called up to the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate this morning after posting seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 12 games.

Game Day Blog Entry November 13, 2015

11/13/2015 10:43 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation
-The Grizzlies already have a five point lead on the closest competitor in the West Division with a 7-3-1-0 record and they also have a game in hand on the second place Steelheads.
-Utah goes for their fifth-straight win tonight in their first ever meeting against Rapid City.
-The two teams meet for the first of eleven times on the season tonight and for the first of five-straight games over the next nine days.
-15 points for Utah is second in the Western Conference and fourth in the ECHL overall behind only Florida (18), Allen (17) and Adirondack (16).

Next Up
-The Grizzlies host Rapid City Saturday at 7 p.m. for Angel’s Hands Night where they will be wearing Salt Lake Golden Eagles throwback uniforms.
-A four-game winning streak is Utah’s first since February 21-February 28.
-Utah last had a five-game winning streak January 24-February 1, 2013.
-Rapid City enters the night losers of three-straight contests.
Your Best Penalty-Killer Is Staying Out Of The Box
-Utah is 21 for their last 22 on the penalty-kill over the last eight games.
-Utah has gone shorthanded just eight times over the last four games.
-Utah has had 19 power-plays over the last six games compared to 16 for their opposition.
Shooting Like Maveriks
-The Grizzlies have recorded 40 or more shots in three of their last four games at Maverik Center.
-Utah has recorded at least 30 shots in seven of their last eight games after recording 30 or fewer in their first three contests.
-Utah has outshot the opposition in five of their last six games with a plus-26 shot differential during that stretch.
-Utah has been outshot only twice in the last 18 periods.
Leading Scorers
-Ryan Walters enters the day one point off of the league lead in scoring with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 11 games, having scored in nine of Utah’s eleven games.
-Matt Berry is two points off of the pace with seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 11 games having scored in nine of eleven games as well.
- Berry leads ECHL rookies with 11 points on seven goals and four assists and also is tied for the ECHL lead in goals. Under contract with the Ducks organization as well,
 -Berry is in his first professional season out of Michigan State University.
-Charles Sarault has four goals and three assists for seven points in seven games and leads Utah with two game-winning goals.
Puck Moving D
-Shayne Taker has one goal and one assist for two points in the last three games.
-Eric Knodel has four assists in his last three games.
-Connor Hardowa has two assists in his last two games.
-Corey Fienhage and Jason Binkley each have an assist in their last two games.
Did You Know
-Grizzlies Head Coach Tim Branham started the 2009-2010 season with the Rapid City Rush.
-Grizz goaltending has allowed two goals or less in five-straight, six of seven and seven of eleven this year.
-17 goals in the third period leads the ECHL.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 11, 2015

11/11/2015 9:08 AM - Adam Turner

-13 standings points for Utah (6-3-1-0) is second in the Western Conference and fourth in the ECHL overall behind only Florida (18), Allen and Adirondack (16).

-Utah and Colorado meet for the first time since Opening Weekend when Utah won 4-3 in overtime on October 16 and 5-2 on October 17.
-The two teams meet again December 18 and 19 at Maverik Center.

Next Up
-While Colorado moves on to Allen for the Weekend, the Grizzlies will host Rapid City Friday and Saturday in their first ever meetings.

Weekly Awards
-Faragher’s Goaltender of the Week award marks the second time in four weeks that the Grizzlies have had a player win an award after Barry Almeida won Player of the Week after five goals against Colorado in week one October 16 and 17.
-Utah and Missouri are the only two teams in the 28-team ECHL to have two player awards and a Goaltender of Week and Player of Week so far.

-The Grizzlies have acquired 21-year-old goaltender Taran Kozun from Missouri, he was the 2014-2015 WHL Goaltender of the Year with Seattle with a 33-19-6 record, a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.
-He participated in the Washington Capitals Prospects Camp this summer.
-Utah has acquired rookie forward Torin Snydeman from the Orlando Solar Bears, he was an alternate captain at Northeastern University last season.
-The Anaheim Ducks have assigned rookie forward Kenton Helgesen to Utah.
-He was a seventh round selection by Anaheim in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and captained the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen last season.
-The Grizzlies now have had 11 rookies on the roster so far this season.

The Eagles
-Colorado has won two-straight after a 1-6-1-0 start.
-Colorado is third in the ECHL on the power-play at 26.5-percent and third on the penalty-kill at 91.4-percent.
-Colorado is tops in the ECHL allowing just 21.30 shots-per-game and ranks fifth with 31.50 shots-per-game.
-Colorado is 1-3-1-0 in one-goal games.


Game Day Blog Entry: November 7, 2015

11/07/2015 12:46 PM - Adam Turner

So far, in two games in Alaska, the Grizzlies have seen 11 of their 16 skaters record at least a point on eight total goals. Six different players have scored goals. Last night, three of Utah’s four goals were scored by rookies in: Ryan Misiak, Erik Higby and Matt Berry. 

Four players this week in Alaska have recorded their first point(s) of the season in: Eric Knodel, Erik Higby, Shayne Taker and Jon Puskar.
The all hands on deck theme continues with shots this week. Monday, 14 of 16 skaters had at least one shot on goal, Wednesday 14 again had at least a shot and Friday 13 of 16 skaters had at least one shot on goal.
In the Grizzlies five wins, the game-winning goal has been scored by a different player in each win with Josh MacDonald, Barry Almeida, Charles Sarault, Matt Berry and Ryan Misiak all tallying the GWGs.
Matt Berry is now tied for the ECHL lead with seven goals, is tied for second in scoring with 11 points in nine games. Ryan Walters is just a point behind with ten points in nine games on four goals and six assists. The next closest rookies to Berry have nine points entering tonight in Brandon Magee of Idaho and Justin Crandall of Reading.
The Grizzlies have outscored Alaska eight-three in the two games and six-two five-on-five. 15 of Utah’s 16 skaters are an even or better in two games. The Grizzlies have five players with at least two points in the series so far while Alaska has seven players with one point.
The early season standings fluctuation continues. Entering today, Utah at 5-3-1-1 and a .611 winning percentage is the only team of five in the West Division with a winning record.
A win today gives Utah the longest road winning streak to start the season in the ECHL as Adirondack, who also started 5-0 on the road, lost 3-2 late in Cincinnati last night.
Game three of a series is where teams are made or broken. It usually means if you win it, you take two of three. The Grizzlies are going for a three-game series sweep tonight. Last year, Utah went 6-3 in game three of a series. They went 4-2-1-0 in 2013-2014 during game three of a series; which makes them 10-5-1-0 under Tim Branham in what usually is a rubber game.
Three goals in the third period last night to break the 1-1 tie was the most goals the Grizzlies have scored in a period this season. It was the third time in five wins that the Grizzlies have won a game this year by three goals.
As the Grizzlies have now outshot the opposition in four-straight games and in five of the last six contests, they have limited Alaska to five shots in a period twice already this week.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 6, 2015

11/06/2015 12:31 PM - Adam Turner

Matt Berry now leads all rookies in scoring with ten points in eight games and also leads ECHL rookies with six goals to go along with his four assists. He is fifth among rookies with 27 shots. Berry has scored in seven of eight games so far and has his six goals in the last five games. Berry is tied with Ryan Walters, who has also scored in seven of eight games with ten points. Walters has four goals and six assists.

Rookie Josh MacDonald is also close in rookie scoring with three goals and two assists for five points in seven games.
Alex Krushelnyski has one goal and four assists in his last six games and Charles Sarault now has two goals and two assists for four points in four games since being assigned by Anaheim last week.
Ryan Faragher joins Josh Robinson (5-0) of Missouri and Ken Appleby (4-0) of Adirondack as one of three goaltenders in the ECHL with four or more wins and zero losses. Faragher has officially allowed four five-on-five goals in four starts, even though the first Alaska goal Wednesday was scored on a shorthanded rush and knocked in three seconds after a penalty expired.
The Grizzlies have now scored four goals or more in five of eight games and four or more in all four road games as they are now 4-0 away from Maverik Center. Alaska has given up four goals or more in three of their last four contests.
Utah at 4-0 and Adirondack at 5-0 are the only two undefeated ECHL teams on the road at this point.
Entering play Wednesday, four of five teams in the West Division were separated by two points. 
Entering tonight; Utah, Alaska and Idaho all have nine points and Rapid City, with a game in hand, has eight points. It’s a competitive league right now as 12 of 14 teams in the Western Conference are .500 or better and 21 of 28 teams in the ECHL are .500 or better.
Utah is now 15 for their last 16 on the penalty-kill.
The Grizzlies have outscored the opposition 4-2 in the last four first periods after being outscored 5-3 in the first four games in the first periods. The Grizzlies have outshot the opposition in three-straight games and in four of their last five games after they were outshot in their first three contests.
Utah has dressed eight rookies already this season and with a couple of trades in the last two days, the team continues to add more skilled youth. More details later.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 4, 2015

11/04/2015 12:32 PM - Adam Turner
The Grizzlies look to pick up where they left off last year in Alaska after going 3-1-2-0 here and 5-1-2-0 in their final eight games against the Aces overall in 14-15.
Four of five teams in the West Division are separated by two points. Entering today Alaska, 4-3-0-1 has nine points and Utah 3-3-1-0 has seven as the teams open their eleven-game season series with three games in four nights this weekend in Anchorage.
Ryan Walters and Erik Higby both played for the Aces last season.
Ryan Faragher has rejoined the team after being called-up last week as has defenseman Eric Knodel who was called up after the home opening weekend on October 24. 
The Grizzlies look to build on their 3-0 road record, which is also Ryan Faragher’s record. They have scored 17 goals in three games with Faragher in the lineup and two or less in three of four without Faragher in the lineup. Faragher’s .952 save percentage is third in the ECHL just ahead Alaska’s Troy Redmann who has a .952 save percentage.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 2, 2015

11/02/2015 9:33 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation
-The Grizzlies enter today at 3-2-1-0 and hold a .583 winning percentage that leads the West Division.
-Utah went 6-1-0-1 last year on Maverik Mondays and is 8-2-0-1 on Mondays at home the last two seasons.

The Series
-The Grizzlies and Steelheads meet for the second of six times on the season at Maverik Center.
-Utah and Idaho meet for the third time in four days with each team having won a game on the other’s home ice so far as Utah won 4-1 Friday and Idaho won 3-1 Saturday afternoon.
-The two teams meet again December 16 in Idaho and next meet at Maverik Center on December 28.
-This is the third of twelve meetings on the season between Utah and Idaho.
-Utah is 6-3 in their last nine regular season and playoff games against the Steelheads.
-Utah and Idaho are a combined 0-19 on the power-play this weekend with Utah 0-10 and Idaho 0-9.

Next Up
-The Grizzlies leave for Alaska Tuesday to play in Anchorage Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the first of two trips there and to open the 11-game season series. 
-Utah is back at Maverik Center on Wednesday, November 11 against Colorado before they start five-straight games against the Rapid City Rush with two home games on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.
Six-Straight Games
-Ryan Walters is tied for the longest scoring streak in the ECHL having scored in six-straight games to start the season with four goals and five assists.

Still Atop Lead
-Barry Almeida is tied for the ECHL lead with six goals.

Point-A-Game Guys
-Almeida (six goals, three assists), Walters and rookie Matt Berry (three goals, four assists) are all averaging over a point-a-game or better.
-Charles Sarault has one goal and one assist in two games since being assigned by Anaheim.

Shots At Home
-Utah has recorded their two highest shot totals of the season in the last two home games with 35 shots on Saturday and 43 shots on October 24.
-Utah has recorded ten or more shots in all six periods in those games and recorded 14 or more shots in four of the six periods.

Putting The Puck In The Net
-The Grizzlies have scored four or more goals in four of six games and they lead the West Division and are second in the Western Conference in scoring.
-Only Reading, Adirondack, Cincinnati and Orlando are averaging more goals-per-game than Utah.
-Utah is 3-0-1-0 this year when scoring four or more goals.

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