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Game Day Blog Entry: March 30, 2016

03/30/2016 10:19 AM - Adam Turner

The winner of the 13th and final regular season meeting between Utah and Idaho will leave the night in first place, barring an overtime win for Utah, in which the two teams would leave tied.

The Grizzlies are unbeaten in four-straight at 3-0-0-1, Idaho is winless in three-straight games at 0-1-1-1. It is the second time the Steelheads have gone winless in more than one game in a row since December 7-10.
Utah is looking for their third unbeaten streak of five games this season after they won five-straight games November 4-13 and January 9-18.
With five games remaining, Utah’s next win equals last year’s total of 37 and they’re two wins away from their 2013-2014 total of 38 wins.
Spots 3-7 in the Western Conference right now are spread between 76 and 81 points with Allen firmly entrenched into the fourth spot with those 81 points. The other four teams are separated by three points at 76-79. Idaho, Utah and Colorado are also spread 76-79 in the West Division standings and Idaho will be in Colorado this weekend.
Ryan Hayes has scored the game-winning goal in four of Utah’s eight non shootout wins since coming back to the team in February.
Goaltender Mark Owuya has returned to the team from Calgary’s AHL affiliate in Stockton.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 26, 2016

03/26/2016 12:09 AM - Adam Turner

-Utah has played four-straight one goal games (2-1-1-0) after playing four-straight games decided by two goals or more.

-The Grizzlies are riding their eighth unbeaten streak of three or more games this year.
-Utah is going for their fourth unbeaten streak of four or more games this year and their tenth winning streak of two or more games.
-23 wins for Ryan Faragher is the most for a Utah goalie since Andrew Engelage won 25 in 2011-2012.
-23 wins is the second most since 1996-97 when Marc McArthur had 28. Tommy Salo had 28 in 1995-96.
-Faragher’s 33 wins are currently seventh all-time in Grizzlies history.
Series So Far
-Charles Sarault has one goal and three assists for multiple-points in each game.
-Utah has outshot Tulsa in each period of regulation and shots are 83-38 after a 45-16 edge Wednesday and a 38-22 advantage Friday.
-Utah has held Tulsa to 10 shots in the first period in each of the first two games; holding 25-10 and 29-10 edges after 40 minutes Wednesday and Friday respectively.
-Utah has outshot Tulsa 26-4 in the third periods where neither team has scored a goal.
-Each team has drawn eight power-plays, Utah is 1-8 and Tulsa is 3-8.
-Utah has scored the first goal in each game and is now 16-1-0-2 and 26-5-0-2 when scoring first.
-The home team has scored first in all six games of the season series so far as the teams meet for the seventh and final time tonight.
-The second period has seen the most goals with Utah outscoring the Oilers 4-3.
-22 and 16 shots allowed are two of Utah’s six lowest outputs for shots allowed in a game this year.
-Erik Higby had his first two goal game of the season Friday and the Grizzlies improved to 13-0-1-0 when Higby scores.
Streak Snapped
-Alex Krushelnyski had a nine-game scoring streak snapped Wednesday with three goals and seven assists in that stretch that spanned from March 2-March 19.
-Krushelnyski had two assists on Friday and has now scored in ten of his last eleven games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 25, 2016

03/25/2016 7:03 AM - Adam Turner

The Latest Breakdown
-45 total shots was the second most shots the Grizzlies have recorded in a game this year and the 10th time this year that Utah has recorded 40 shots or more.
-Utah recorded a season-high 48 shots November 2; outshooting Idaho 48-27.
-It was the fourth time this year that Utah has outshot the opposition by more than 20 shots and the plus-29 shot differential was a season high.
-Three of the four goals were scored on the power-play in the game, each team scored a five-on-three goal and Utah scored the only even-strength goal of the game in the first period.
-Charlie Sarault picked up the primary assist on both Utah goals.
-Matt Berry tied a Utah season-high set twice already by Barry Almeida with 10 shots.
-Ryan Hayes had six shots, Bryan Moore, T.J. Syner, Barry Almeida and Brent Gwidt each had four shots.
-15 shots allowed before the shootout was the fewest shots allowed by Utah this season.
-2 shots allowed in the third period tied a season-high for fewest shots allowed in a period.

Forward Added
-The Grizzlies today signed C.J. Eick to a Professional Tryout Agreement after he just finished his four year college career at Michigan Tech.
-Eick had three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 37 games and a plus-10 during his senior season.
-He was also named to the WCHA All Academic team this past season.
-Eick won a Clark Cup in the USHL with Green Bay in 2012.


Game Day Blog Entry: March 23, 2016

03/23/2016 8:04 AM - Adam Turner

 The Matchup

-The Grizzlies open a three-game series against Tulsa at 2-2 versus the Oilers this year and 1-0 at Maverik Center.
-Utah hosts the Oilers again Friday and Saturday.
-Tulsa has scored the game’s first goal in three of four games against Utah, the Grizzlies scored first in the only game played at Maverik Center on January 13.
-Ryan Faragher is 2-0 against Tulsa and has stopped 57 of 60 shots.
-T.J. Syner leads the Grizzlies with six assists in four games against Tulsa and a plus-four.
-Barry Almeida had a four goal third period against Tulsa on January 13 as Utah erased a 2-1 deficit and won 5-2.
-Utah is 1-15 on the power-play against Tulsa and 8-9 on the penalty-kill.
-Shots are 119-118 Utah in the four games against Tulsa.

The Cousins
Barry Almeida (one goal, four assists) and T.J. Syner (three goals, two assists) entered Saturday’s game with five points in their last two games. 
Special Teams
-Utah is 9-34 (26.4-percent) on the power-play the last nine games, moving from 15th to 8th in the ECHL in that stretch.
-Utah is 65-72 on the PK for a 90.2-percent clip since the start of February and canvassing their last 20 games. 
-For the season, South Carolina leads the ECHL with an 87.4-percent clip on the penalty-kill.
-Utah has drawn 35 more power-plays then their opposition, which is second only to Missouri who has drawn 56 more.
-Tulsa has drawn the second fewest power-plays in the ECHL and their opposition has 29 power-plays this year, which is the fourth worst differential in the league.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 19, 2016

03/19/2016 10:21 AM - Adam Turner

Utah has outscored Colorado 12-5 on the power-play this season after last night’s three for six as the Grizzlies scored three power-play goals in a game for the third time this year and for the first time on the road. The Grizzlies scored two power-play goals in a game on the road for the first time since opening night and for the second time on the road this season. The Grizzlies power-play has moved all the way up to eighth in the 28-team ECHL by scoring a power-play goal in six-straight games, which ties a season high.

Barry Almeida leads all players in the season series with 12 points on seven goals and five assists in eight games against Colorado and has multiple-points in four of the eight games, with three or more points in two of those four games. T.J. Syner is second among all scores in the series with five goals. He has seven points in seven games and multiple points in two straight against Colorado.
Utah has scored three goals or more in eight of nine games against Colorado, four or more in six of nine games and five or more in three of nine games.
Colorado scored all of their goals five-on-five last night, Utah scored all of their goals five-on-four. Power-plays in the season series through nine games; with the tenth and final meeting of the season series tonight are 39-28 Utah. 
The Grizzlies have only lost consecutive games in regulation on consecutive nights once this year and never in the same city. They lost in Allen on February 5 and in Tulsa on February 6.  
Utah, Fort Wayne and Missouri have six of the top 15 scorers in the league and are the only teams with two of the top 15 leading scorers in the league. Sarault has 17 goals and 37 assists for 54 points in 58 games. Alex Krushelnyski enters tonight on an eight game scoring streak has 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points in 59 games.
The Grizzlies affiliation with Anaheim has furnished three players who are essentially a point-a-game with rookies Bryan Moore (March 4) and Matt Berry (March 18) recently rejoining the team and joining Sarault. Berry has 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 30 games. Moore has scored in eight of ten games and has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. Defensively Eric Knodel leads Utah defenseman with a plus-six and Ryan Faragher is 21-12-2-1. Add two games from Matt Hackett; goaltenders from the Ducks organization are 23-12-2-1 with Utah this season.
Hold on in the first period as of late. Utah has scored nine first period goals in the last six games, while allowing 16 first period goals in their last 9 games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 18, 2016

03/18/2016 3:43 PM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies will look to build on a 10-5 mark in Colorado the last three seasons. Utah is 6-2 against the Eagles this year with seven-straight games decided in regulation by two or more goals. Five-straight games have been decided by three or more goals and three of the last four games have been decided by four or more goals between the teams. Going back to last year, eight of ten games have been decided by three or more goals after the Grizzlies and Eagles played eight-straight one-goal games and 10 of 12 overall to start last year’s season series that were decided by a single goal. The last two one goal games played between the two teams have been won by Utah in overtime. The Grizzlies and Eagles, before this recent barrage of blowouts, started their all-time series with 30 of the 49 games decided by a single goal. 

Utah is 16-3-0-1 when leading after one period, Colorado is 18-3-1-0.
Goaltender Mark Owuya has been loaned to the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate in Stockton.
Before Saturday’s 5-1 win over Colorado, the Eagles were 7-0-0-1 in their last eight games. They have since dropped three-straight, one to Utah and a home and home to Rapid City and been outscored 14-6 in those games. The Grizzlies enter tonight with the same four point lead on Colorado as the Eagles made up two of three games in hand on Utah Tuesday and Wednesday.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 12, 2016

03/12/2016 6:59 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation
-Utah plays game two of four-straight games against Colorado tonight.
-Utah will be in Colorado next Friday and Saturday.
-The Grizzlies are 9-2-0-1 in their last 12 home games.

Power-Play Rolling
-The Grizzlies have scored a power-play goal in four-straight games and in five of their last six contests for a 5-23 clip and 21.7-percent.
-The streak is Utah’s longest since they scored a power-play goal in six-straight games from January 18-29.
Six Game Scoring Streak
-Alex Krushelnyski (November 27-December 11) has his second six-game scoring streak of the year with three goals and four assists and looks to be to the first Grizzlies player to score in seven-straight games this season.
-It is the fourth six-game scoring streak that active Grizzlies have had this year. Charles Sarault and T.J. Syner have also had six-game scoring streaks from January 9-22. 
Looking For A Fresh Start
-The Grizzlies look to bounce back from last night’s 6-2 loss.
-It marked the sixth time in seven games that the Grizzlies have fallen behind 1-0.
-It marked just the third time this year that the Grizzlies have lost by four goals.
-It marked just the first time this year that the Grizzlies have lost by more than two goals at home.
-It marked the second time in two years that the Grizzlies have lost 6-2 to Colorado at home after falling last year on Halloween. 
Starting A New Streak
-The Grizzlies have now lost than two-straight or more at home for only the third time this year (October 31-November 2, 2 games,, December 28-January 6, 3 games)
-The first two two or more game losing streaks have resulted in Utah bouncing back to win at least five-straight at home.
The Situation
-Utah sits in second place in the West Division, four points in back of Idaho who lost 2-1 to Rapid City Friday.
-The Grizzlies lead Colorado by two points in the West Division standings.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 11, 2016

03/11/2016 7:10 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation

-The Grizzlies return to Maverik Center to start a stretch of seven of their next ten games at home where they are 9-1-0-1 in their last 11 contests.
-Utah starts a stretch of four-straight games against Colorado. 
-Utah will host Colorado Saturday and be in Colorado next Friday and Saturday.
-Utah went 3-3-1-0 on their just completed seven-game road stretch and finished 2-1-1-0 in the final four games over five nights.
Against Colorado 
-The Grizzlies are 3-0 at home this year against Colorado and has won four-straight home games against Colorado.
-Utah is 5-1 against Colorado and has scored four or more goals in five of six games and three or more in all three.
-Utah is 30-4-3-2 when scoring three goals or more this year.
-Utah is 7-25 on the power-play against Colorado and 11-11 on the PK at home and 16-19 overall.
-Ryan Faragher has started all six games and has a 2.48 goals-against-average and a.915 save percentage.
-At home against the Eagles, Faragher is 3-0 with one shutout and a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage as he’s stopped 72 of 77 shots.
-Utah and Kalamazoo combined for 26 goals in three games, the most in three-straight games this season for Utah.
-Charles Sarault has two goals and three assists in his last five, Alex Krushelnsyki has four goals and three assists for seven points in his last seven games, Bryan Moore has two goals and two assists in his first four games back.
-T.J. Syner has three goals and two assists for five points in his last six games, Barry Almeida has three goals and two assists for five points in the last seven games and Cody Ferriero has two goals and two assists for five points in four games with Utah.
-All five defensemen who played all seven games scored on the trip.
When Hayes Scores
-The Grizzlies dropped to 18-2-1-1 when Ryan Hayes scores a goal the last two seasons on Tuesday.
-Four of Hayes’ five goals have been scored in the third period or overtime and three are game-winners.
Now Eight Times Down 1-0
-Eight times this year 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. 
-Vs Allen, November 28: Utah fell behind 1-0 3:21 into the game and tied it 45 seconds later at 4:06.
-At Tulsa, February 3: Utah fell behind 13:20 into first period, before tying the contest 50 seconds later at 14:10.
-At Kalamazoo, March 5: Utah fell behind 1-0 at 3:22 and tied the game 28 seconds later at 3:50.
-At Kalamazoo, March 7: Utah fell behind 1-0 3:01 into the first period and tied the game 25 seconds later at 3:26.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 8, 2016

03/08/2016 10:04 AM - Adam Turner

 As the Grizzlies wrap up five games in seven nights in the Midwest, a win tonight would go a long ways:

-A win would tie Utah with Idaho, Allen and Fort Wayne with 33 wins and a four-way tie for the second most wins in the Western Conference.
-Give Utah their fourth unbeaten streak of four or more straight games this year.
-Give Utah a 4-2-1-0 road trip over 12 days and officially get them back on track away from Maverik Center after previously having four road wins total from November 29-February 25.
-Put Utah almost three weeks ahead of last year’s pace when they didn’t get their 33rd win until March 28.
Make them undefeated on Tuesdays this year as they play their only Tuesday game of the season.
18 goals combined in the first two games of this series make for the highest scoring back-to-back games this year. 17 had been the previous high after a 5-2 win over Tulsa on January 13 and a 7-3 win over Wichita on January 15.
The Grizzlies have scored in eight-straight periods which is a season-high. Seven had been the previous high over three games October 23-30.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 7, 2016

03/07/2016 9:14 AM - Adam Turner

Tonight is one of two back-to-back games in hand that the Grizzlies will make up on Idaho. After tomorrow, both teams will have played 60 games, so the next two nights any standings points the Grizzlies collect will move them up closer to the Steelheads for first.

Utah is going for a three-game unbeaten streak on the road for the first time since they started the year 7-0 away from home. Utah scored four or more on the road in their first five road games and look to do that in back-to-back games for the first time since that stretch.
The Grizzlies have gone past regulation five times in their last ten games after having gone past regulation just six times in their first 48 games.
Utah is 2-10 on the power-play and 10-10 on the penalty-kill through the first three games of this five game trip to the Midwest. Utah has outscored the opposition 3-0 in the second period in this three-game stretch; but has given up three goals in the first period for just the third and fourth times this year as well.
The Grizzlies are now 22-2-1-2 when scoring four or more goals in a game as they are now 8-1-1-0 on the road when scoring four goals or more.
The Grizzlies are 11-5-0-1 on one days rest this year and 3-2 on the road in those instances after Friday’s 2-0 win in Indy.
Michigan is the 10th and final state that the Grizzlies will have visited this regular season having already been to: Colorado, Idaho, Alaska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 5, 2016

03/04/2016 11:02 PM - Adam Turner

Alex Krushelnyski became a rare ECHL player to score on a penalty shot this year and also became the first ECHL player to take two penalty shots this season Friday in Indy.

Krushelnsyki became just the sixth player in 24 penalty shots to score this season. His goal ended a stretch of six-straight ECHL shooters to not score on penalty shots and he became the first player to score on a penalty shot since January 10.

Utah, Idaho, Florida, Reading and Toledo have each been awarded two penalty shots with Evansville leading way with three penalty shots. Those six teams have combined for 13 of the 24 penalty shots taken this year. Toledo has scored on both, Evansville has gone owe for three.
Ryan Faragher is now tied for second in the ECHL with three shutouts.
Bryan Moore didn’t score last night for the first time in five games with Utah this season, but increased his plus-minus to a plus-seven in five games and a plus-eight in his last four games with the Grizzlies.
Utah plays their first game in Kalamazoo, Michigan since beating the Wings in the IHL by a count of 2-1 on January 2, 2000. They went 3-1 here in four games starting in 1995.
When Kalamazoo left the IHL after the 2000-2001 season, the Dallas Stars moved their affiliation to Utah. With that move, Grizzlies Assistant Coach Greg Leeb also came to the
Grizzlies after tallying 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points in 150 games with the Wings before coming to Utah and later making his NHL debut with the Stars. Jon Sim, Mark Wotton, Richard Jackman, Steve Gainey and Alan Latang were other players who played in the NHL that came to Utah after starting with the Stars organization in Kalamazoo.
Grizzlies Head Athletic Trainer Mike Plandowski was the trainer for Kalamazoo from 2002-2005. 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 4, 2016

03/04/2016 9:48 AM - Adam Turner

This is the Grizzlies first game in Indianapolis since a 5-1 loss on March 21, 1998. The Head Coach of that Indianapolis team was Bob Ferguson, who is currently the General Manager of Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.

All-time, the Grizzlies went 1-1 in Indianapolis against the former Ice with a 5-4 shootout win on December 8, 1995.
Utah and Indy have had four common opponents in: Toledo, Quad City, Wichita and Rapid City. Unlike Utah and Quad City’s common opponents, the records aren’t parallel and with the exception of Toledo, they are almost just the opposite.
Indy is 1-5 against Toledo and Utah went 1-2 against the Walleye.
Indy is 6-1-1-0 against Quad City and Utah went 0-1.
Indy lost 4-0 to Rapid City at home on January 15, the Grizzlies are 5-3-1-0 against Rapid City.
Indy went 0-2 against Wichita. The Grizzlies are 3-0 against Wichita. 
The Grizzlies will look for a better start tonight. The last two games on the road, they have been down 2-0 by the 6:34 mark of the first period.
Barry Almeida has two goals and one assist in the last three games.
Brent Gwidt played junior hockey for the Indiana Ice of the USHL from 2006-2009 and was captain in 2009. T.J. Syner played on that same team during the 2007-2008 season.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 2, 2016

03/02/2016 10:01 AM - Adam Turner
The Grizzlies figure to see three desperate teams fighting for playoff spots with five games over the next seven nights against Quad City (10th in the West), Indy (9th in the West) and Kalamazoo (10th in the East). With less than 20 games left in the season, those three teams absolutely have to win these home games against Utah to have a chance at making the playoffs. 
This will be Cody Ferriero’s sixth game against Quad City this season and third in the last six days as Rapid City was here last Friday and Saturday. He led Rapid City in playoff scoring last year against Quad City with three goals and two assists for five points in six games as the Rush beat the Mallards in the seven game first round series.
Mike Ratchuk played two games against Quad City when he was with Cincinnati earlier this year.
With this being the first meeting ever against Quad City, here is their record against common opponents with Utah so far. They are pretty similar.
Quad City is 4-2 against Rapid City, Utah is 5-3-1-0 against the Rush.
Quad City is 3-0 against Wichita, Utah is also 3-0.
Quad City is 2-2 against Tulsa, as is Utah.
Quad City is 1-1 against Allen and Utah is 2-3-1-0.
Quad City is 2-0 against Alaska and Utah is 8-1.
In total, Quad City is 12-5 against common Utah opponents and Utah is 19-7-2-0 against common Quad City opponents.
Former Grizzlies forward Vladimir Nikiforov (08-10) has six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 40 games for Quad City with a minus-23.
Following the NHL trade deadline, in which there was no goaltender movement in Anaheim, the Grizzlies traded Taran Kozun to Manchester in exchange for future considerations as they had been carrying three goaltenders.

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