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Game Day Blog Entry: October 29, 2016

10/29/2016 7:20 AM - Adam Turner

-Two four win teams square off at Maverik Center tonight with the 4-1 Grizzlies and the 4-1-1-0 Colorado Eagles.
-This is the final meeting between the two teams before a home and home series December 21 and 23.
-Utah and Colorado will play only four times in Utah’s first 53 games.

Four Wins….
-The Grizzlies have not trailed in their four wins.
-Utah has outshot the opposition in all four wins.
-Utah has even or more power-plays in all four of their wins.
-Utah has led after two periods in all four wins.
-Utah has outshot the opposition 70-25 in their four wins in the first period and has outscored the opposition 5-1 in the first periods in their wins.
-Jon Puskar has scored a goal in all four Utah wins.

The Trends
-Utah has won two-straight games in overtime after their first three games were decided by three or more goals.
-Utah has scored a goal in 10-straight periods of regulation.
-Utah has scored three or more goals in all five games and four goals or more in four of five contests.
-Jon Puskar has scored in all five Utah games and has four goals and three assists.
-Austen Brassard has two points in two of the last three games.
Shot Leaders
-Mike Banwell is tied for third in the ECHL with 24 shots.
-Shane Walsh leads rookies with 20 shots.

Last Night
-Utah improved to 6-2 in their last eight home games overall against Colorado, to 9-3 against the Eagles in their last 12 regular season games and 13-5 in their last 18 games overall, including last year’s playoffs.
-Utah drew four- straight power-plays to finish the game and went 1-5 on the power-play and 2-2 on the PK.
-Ryan Faragher is now tied for second in the ECHL with three wins.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 28, 2016

10/28/2016 9:25 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies enter the week at 3-1 and the Eagles come into tonight at 4-1 in a winner leaves in first place weekend at Maverik Center.
-Utah has three wins against Idaho and three of Colorado’s four wins have come against Rapid City.

Early Clash
-The Grizzlies and Eagles meet this weekend for the first time since Utah eliminated Colorado in six games in last year’s playoffs.
-Utah enters tonight averaging 4.25 goals-per-game, Colorado enters the weekend averaging 4.20 goals-per-game.
-Utah is sixth in the ECHL with 34 shots-per-game, Colorado is ninth averaging 32.80 shots-per-game.
Roster Moves
-Goaltender Kevin Boyle was recalled by Anaheim and assigned to San Diego (AHL) Wednesday and forward Zac Larraza was recalled to San Diego on Thursday.
Last Year
-Utah eliminated Colorado four games to two in the first round of the playoffs and went 7-3 against Colorado in the regular season, including 3-2 at Maverik Center.
-Including a 3-1-1 playoff record and 6-3 in the regular season, Ryan Faragher when 9-4-1 against the Eagles last year.
-Utah went 12-40 (30-percent) on the power-play against Colorado last year during the regular season and 25-30 (83.3-percent) on the penalty-kill.

Game Day Blog: October 22, 2016

10/22/2016 9:38 AM - Adam Turner

After four-straight games to start the regular season against each other and two preseason games, the Grizzlies and Steelheads won’t meet again until January 16. That marks 33-straight games before Utah and Idaho meet again.

The Grizzlies have scored three or more goals in all three games and had a two-goal period in each game.
Shane Walsh and C.J. Eick are tied for second in the ECHL in goals by rookies with two each. 
Six of the Grizzlies 11 goals have been scored by players who have scored their first pro goals this season. Eick has two, Walsh has two,  Colin Martin and Tim Daly both scored their first professional goals last night. Adding two by Jon Puskar and one by Brandon McNally, nine of the eleven goals have been scored by players who have never scored more than ten in a season professionally. 
Utah is third in the ECHL with 43 first period shots. The Grizzlies have recorded ten shots or more in seven of nine periods this year.
The Grizzlies best overall period so far has been the second, they’ve outscored Idaho 3-0 and outshot them 30-20. 

Game Day Blog: October 21, 2016

10/21/2016 11:07 AM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies have added Zac Larraza from Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego. Larraza signed an AHL deal with the Ducks in September and the Grizzlies acquired his ECHL rights shortly thereafter in order for him to stay in the organization should he play in the ECHL. Larraza had 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points in 39 games last year in Manchester and also played in 12 games in San Diego.

The last time the Grizzlies were 3-0 in 2012, they beat Idaho twice followed by Alaska to start the year.
The Grizzlies look to win their road opener for the third time in three years and for the eighth time in nine years. 
Power-play goals haven’t been easy to come by in the first two games between the Grizzlies and Steelheads. Utah is 10/11 on the penalty-kill and the Steelheads are 13/14.
The Grizzlies held Idaho to one goal in two games last week. Last year, the Steelheads were much more offensive at home; scoring 114 goals at home and 89 on the road.
Utah and Kalamazoo both allowed one goal in two games last week and enter the week as the only two teams in the ECHL allowing less than a goal-per-game entering week two. Indy allowed two goals in two games. Cincinnati, Idaho and Norfolk are all averaging less than a goal-per-game.
Colin Martin will make his professional debut tonight for the Grizzlies after not appearing last weekend. He played four years of college at St. Thomas University in Canada and four years before that with the OHL’s London Knights.
The Grizzlies will continue to alternate goaltenders with Kevin Boyle back in after he and Faragher split two starts last weekend.

Game Night Blog: October 15, 2016

10/15/2016 12:03 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies look for a 2-0 start for the second-straight year and the third time in five years.
-It was the second time in four years that Utah has opened the season with a 4-1 win over Idaho.
-Utah opened last year with two-straight wins in Colorado and beat Idaho two-straight in a home and home in 2012.
-Utah and Idaho meet again next weekend in Boise.

Preseason Trends Continue
-Utah looks for their fourth win in the last six nights against Idaho.
-Utah hasn’t trailed all week, scoring first in each game.
-Two of the three games have been scoreless after one period.
-Utah has allowed two goals or less in all three games.
-All three games have been within a goal going down the stretch in the third period.

 Last Night
-Utah outshot Idaho 13-7 in the first and 10-5 in the second, before the Steelheads put up 18 in the third.
-Mike Banwell led Utah with six shots, Erik Higby, had five and Shane Walsh had four.
-10 players had at least two shots.
-C.J. Eick (two goals) and Mike Banwell (two assists) each had two points.
-Eick was one of three players in the ECHL to score two goals last night and the only rookie to do so.
-Banwell was tied for the league lead with six shots last night.
-Banwell led Utah with a plus-three, which tied several players in the ECHL.
-Boyle was one of four goaltenders in the ECHL to allow one goal last night.
-Utah did not allow a five-on-five goal.

-Kevin Boyle stopped 29 of 30 shots last night after stopping 27 of 29 Monday and 56 of 59 shots this week.
-Boyle has allowed one five-on-five goal on the week.

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