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Game Day Blog Entry: March 31, 2017

03/31/2017 10:56 AM - Adam Turner

A win tonight and an Alaska loss in regulation would put Utah all alone in fourth place in the Mountain Division for the first time since before their game against Allen on November 23, a span of over four months and 128 days.

Utah has led or been tied for all but 12:06 of the 180 minute trip so far. They have led for 132:06 of the 180 minutes.

The Grizzlies look to score four or more goals in four-straight games for the first time since December 12-19 of last season when they scored 19 goals in four games; going 3-1 against Alaska, Idaho and Colorado. 

Utah has scored in nine-straight periods, including every period on this road trip so far. Their season-high for consecutive periods scoring was 11 from October 21-29.
Tim Daly has rejoined the team after playing two games with the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate in Manitoba. He has six assists in seven games this year against Rapid City.

Zac Larraza is tied for second in the ECHL in scoring over the last week with three goals and four assists in the last three games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 29, 2017

03/29/2017 10:17 AM - Adam Turner

Kevin Boyle has been reassigned back to the Grizzlies from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. He’s 10-5-1 this year with their AHL affiliate in San Diego with a .924 Save Percentage and a 2.26 Goals-Against-Average. In four February starts with the Grizzlies, Boyle was 3-1 with a 1.71 Goals-Against-Average and a .949 Save Percentage. He stopped a season-high 43 of 44 in his last start with Utah on February 20 as the Grizzlies lost 1-0 to Idaho. 

The Grizzlies look to keep the offense going against Rapid City this year having scored four goals or more in six of seven games and in ten of their last 12 overall against the Rush. Utah has five players this season who have been point-a-game players against Rapid City.

Utah looks to score four or more goals in three-straight games for the fifth time this year and for the first time since January 21-27.

Garrett Haar played four games for Rapid City against Utah this year where he started the season and played 28 games.

The Grizzlies have had one of the toughest schedules in the ECHL with 57 of their 66 games against teams with winning records.

As these three teams go down the stretch, Missouri has played 16 games against teams with losing records, including 11 of their last 21 games. Alaska has played 16 games against teams with losing records as well. Both Alaska and Missouri have currently played nine more games than the Grizzlies against team with losing records.

Utah with nine games, is 7-1-1-0 against teams with losing records this year.

Missouri, with 16 games, is 13-2-1-0 against teams with losing records.

Alaska, with 16 games, is 8-5-0-2 against teams with losing records.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 25, 2017

03/25/2017 10:39 AM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies look to build on 4-0 on a back-to-back after a win since January 6. Utah is 13-5-1-0 in the game following a win since December 23.

Utah hasn’t allowed a five-on-five goal in 154:52 and they’ve outscored Colorado 5-1 five-on-five in the last three games. Gabriele Verpaelst leads Utah with a plus-five in the last three games and also had two assists last night.

This is the 12th and final meeting of the season between Utah and Colorado. A win gives Utah their sixth-straight season series against Colorado of .500 or better since the Eagles joined the ECHL in 2011-2012.

The Grizzlies hope to be back here in Colorado three weeks from this weekend to open the playoffs on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15.

Erik Higby has four goals in his last four games played in Colorado. Michael Pelech has three goals and two assists for five points in his last three games.

Utah is 12-6-2-0 in their last 20 road games after starting at 2-10 away from home to start the season.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 24, 2017

03/24/2017 3:15 PM - Adam Turner

In the ECHL, it is uncommon to stay on the road for consecutive weekends as the Grizzlies will do for the first time since February of 2014. Generally teams are successful across the board when on the road for an extended period of time.

Ten days is the longest the Grizzlies will have spent on the road since February 4-16 when they went 4-2-0-1 through Idaho, Las Vegas, Ontario, Colorado and Stockton. 

Utah went 3-1-0-1 through Las Vegas and Bakersfield November 4-14 of 2011. 

Utah went 2-1-0-3 through Victoria and Idaho February 2-14, 2010.

Alaska recently in the middle of winless in five at home and now winless in three at home went 5-3-2-0 through Elmira, Manchester, Utah, Colorado and Rapid City on a ten-game stretch in late February and early March.

Zac Larraza has rejoined the Grizzlies from Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego after sustaining an injury on March 3. He has two goals and three assists with Utah for five points in seven games this season.

The team has also added goaltender Rob Nichols from the University of Connecticut with a 2.66 Goals-Against-Average and a .918 Save Percentage in 93 wins.

In addition, defenseman Tim Daly has been loaned to the Manitoba Moose, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 20, 2017

03/20/2017 10:12 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation
-Utah hosts Colorado tonight in game three of five-straight against the Eagles before the two teams meet in Colorado Friday and Saturday.
-Utah opens a five-game 10-day road trip Friday in Colorado that will continue to Rapid City the following Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
-Utah returns home for their final regular season games Wednesday, April 5, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Maverik Monday Magic
-Ryan Faragher is 2-1-0-1 in Maverik Monday starts and 1-0 this year after stopping 24 of 26 against Adirondack on November 14.
-Utah is 2-0 all-time on Maverik Monday against Colorado and 5-0-3 all-time against Colorado Monday-Thursdays.
-Utah is 11-5-2 on Maverik Mondays under Tim Branham and has averaged 6,466 fans-per-game during those games.
The Standings
-Despite going 0-2 last week, the Mountain Division standings stayed the same as Alaska went 0-2-0-1 and Missouri went 0-2-1-0.
-Utah can get within three points of idle Alaska with a win tonight.
-In the last ten games, Utah is 4-5-1-0 with four losses to Colorado, Alaska is 3-5-1-1 and Missouri is 3-6-1-0.
Looking To Solve Colorado
-Utah is 0-4-1-0 in their last five games against Colorado after starting the season series 3-0-1-0.
-Utah is 4-1-1-0 in their sandwiched six games between five against Colorado.

Last Weekend Against Colorado
-Utah drew 10 of the 17 power-plays, drawing seven of 12 on Friday and three of five on Saturday.
-Austen Brassard has scored in both games with one goal and one assist.
-Colorado has added a late empty-net goal each game as the Grizzlies have looked to cut the lead to one.
-Utah has outshot Colorado 50-35 in the final two periods after being outshot 31-11 in the first periods.
-Ralph Cuddemi has had five shots each night, Erik Higby has had four shots each game.
-Austen Brassard (Teigan Zahn), Travis Howe , Gabriel Verpaelst (Darryl Bootland) and Martin Nemcik (Sean Zimmerman) have all fought for Utah.
-Utah has gone 15-16 on the penalty-kill over the last four games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 18, 2017

03/18/2017 3:17 PM - Adam Turner

Jon Puskar Update
-Jon Puskar left the contest  with medical personnel Friday with 6:51 left in the second period.
-He returned to the arena in good spirits just after midnight and is listed as day-to-day to return to game action.
-Per team policy, no additional medical information will be released publicly.

Standings Watch
-Alaska lost their second 2-1 game to Cincinnati in the last three nights as the Grizzlies again stay within four points of the Aces.
-Missouri is also winless this week at 0-1-1-0 after losing 2-1 in overtime to Wichita and 3-2 in Quad City last night.

Bouncing Back
-Utah is 5-1-3-1 after a loss since December 17.
-Utah has lost two-straight games just once since December and it was against Colorado February 24-25.

Game Two/Saturdays/Back-To-Backs
-Utah is 7-2-0-2 on Saturdays and on back-to-backs at home this year.
-Utah is 12-5-2-2 overall this year in game two of a series.
-Utah is 7-1-2-1 in their last 11 game two of a series going back to December 23.

-After a 4-4 last night, the Grizzlies are 16-17 on the penalty-kill in the last four games and sit at fifth in the ECHL on the penalty-kill at 84.4-percent.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in three-straight games.
-It is the second time in a month (2/20-2/22) that the Grizzlies haven’t allowed a power-play goal in three-straight games.
-Utah went four-straight games without allowing a power-play goal January 21-28.
Moving On
-Utah outshot Colorado 18-7 in the third period last night after the Eagles outshot 21-12 Utah in the first two periods.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 17, 2017

03/17/2017 9:34 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation

-The Grizzlies are 3-1-1-0 in March after taking two of three in Florida as they return home for six of their final 11 games of the regular season.
-Utah hosts Colorado tonight, Saturday and Monday before going to Colorado next weekend as they begin five-straight games against the Eagles.
-Utah is 23-9-6 against Colorado all-time at Maverik Center and 2-0-1-0 this season.
In Florida
-Utah allowed three goals or less in all three games and went 12-13 on the penalty-kill.
-Utah built a lead of at least two goals in two of the three games.
Against Colorado
-Utah is 3-2-2-0 against Colorado this year for eight points, the Eagles are 4-1-2-0 against the Grizzlies for ten points.
-Utah has led or been tied with Colorado in regulation for all but 10 minutes and 25 seconds this year in three games at home.
-Utah and Colorado have gone past regulation in all three games at Maverik Center and in four of seven games this season with each team winning two of the games.
-Utah is 6-31 on the power-play against Colorado this year, including five for their last 24.
-The Grizzlies are 23 for 27 on the penalty-kill against Colorado, including 8-9 at Maverik Center.
-Utah has scored three or more goals in six of seven games against the Eagles this season.
-Ralph Cuddemi leads all scorers in the season series with six goals on three assists for nine points in seven games.

February 22-25 Against Colorado
-Ralph Cuddemi (three goals, one assist), Erik Bradford (one goal, two assists), Erik Bradford (two goals, one assist) and Marc-Andre Levesque (three assists) all had three points in three games against Colorado.
-Utah went 3-15 on the power-play and 9-12 on the penalty-kill as each team had a shorthanded goal.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 10, 2017

03/10/2017 8:46 AM - Adam Turner

Utah and Orlando played three-straight one-goal games against each other January 2, 3 and 5 of 2014 here with each team winning a game in overtime.

Utah has outscored the opposition 5-2 in the last two first periods. The Grizzlies have scored four goals in the first 5:04 of the contest in those last two games.
The Grizzlies last nine wins have come by a single goal, excluding two empty netters added late.

Orlando is 5-3-2 versus common opponents the Grizzlies have played this year going 2-1 against Alaska. 1-2 against Colorado, 1-0-1-0 against Missouri and 1-0-1-0 against Allen.  Utah is 8-9-3-1 against those common opponents.

Erik Bradford played for Orlando last year and had 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 65 games.

Garrett Haar will make his Grizzlies debut tonight after being acquired from Tulsa yesterday capping off three trades by Utah to add three defensemen in the last 18 days in: Marc-Andre Levesque, Gabriel Verpaelst and Haar after having five defensemen injured in a span from January 7-February 10. 

With the addition of Haar, Erik Higby will move back to forward for the first time since the second week in February.

Haar had three assists in six games against Utah this year with Rapid City and Tulsa. He had one assist in five games against Utah last year with Alaska.

A point tonight for Ralph Cuddemi ties his season high of a five-game scoring streak from January 6-14.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 8, 2017

03/08/2017 9:28 AM - Adam Turner

Gabriel Verpaelst will make his Grizzlies debut tonight as the team added another defenseman yesterday for future considerations from the Norfolk Admirals.

He had played in all 57 games with Norfolk this year totaling six goals, nine assists and 155 penalty minutes. Last year, he had six goals and 28 assists for 34 points in 57 games and 162 penalty minutes with Norfolk while also playing eight games with Stockton of the AHL. The Grizzlies played against him 13 times in 2014-2015 when he was with Bakersfield and totaled 141 penalty minutes in his rookie season with three goals and seven assists.

Six of Utah’s 16 skaters in the lineup tonight were acquired in midseason trades in: Ralph Cuddemi, Cam Reid, Erik Bradford, Martin Nemcik, Marc-Andre Levesque and now Gabriel Verpaelst.

A win tonight gives Utah a four-game unbeaten streak which would tie their second longest of the season when they went 3-0-1-0 December 21-30.

Florida is coached by Brad Ralph who coached Idaho from 2012-2015. Utah went 24-15-4-3 against him including a 4-2 series win in the 2015 playoffs as Utah beat the Steelheads in the first round.

Utah (5,152) and Florida (5,060) are fifth and sixth in the 27-team ECHL in attendance.

Ralph Cuddemi and Jon Puskar both played their first professional games with the Everblades.

The Grizzlies have six other skaters who have played in Florida as opponents.    

Game Day Blog Entry: March 4, 2017

03/03/2017 11:42 PM - Adam Turner

The Situation
-The Grizzlies play game three of a three game series after taking three of four points through the first two games.
-Utah goes to Florida for games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week.

Grand Finale
-This is the final ever regular season meeting between the Utah Grizzlies and Alaska Aces with the Aces folding at the end of the season.
-Including the playoffs, it is the 126th and final meeting between the two teams.
-Utah is 9-1-1-0 in their last 11 home games against Alaska.

-Utah is 6-2-0-2 on Saturday nights this year.
Last Night
-Utah led 2-1 for 13:05, Alaska led 1-0 for 13:04.
-Each team had a stretch of two-straight goals, after each team had three-straight goals Wednesday.
-Tim Daly, Ralph Cuddemi, Phil Pietroniro and Erik Higby all had four shots.
-Utah scored on a penalty-shot and five-on-five.
-Alaska scored three-on-three in overtime, four-on-four to go up 1-0 and five-on-five to take a 1-0 lead.
Before Last Night
-Utah had scored a power-play goal in four-straight games and gone 6-24 on the power-play before last night.
-Utah had scored three goals or more in three of their last four before last night.
Aces Goaltending
-Utah is 3-1-1-0 against Kevin Carr at Maverik Center the last two seasons.
-Wednesday he stopped 17 of the first 18, last night he stopped the first 17.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 3, 2017

03/03/2017 10:14 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation
-The Grizzlies play game two of a three-game series after beating Alaska 5-3 Wednesday night to get within four points of the Aces in the standings.
-The series wraps up tomorrow in the final ever regular season meetings between the two teams in Alaska’s last season in the ECHL.
-Utah goes to Florida for games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week.

Wednesday Night
-Each team scored three-straight goals and had a two-goal lead.
-The two teams went a combined four for seven on the power-play.
-Alaska scored three goals in the first 25:39 of the game and Utah scored four of their five goals in the final 23:03 of the contest.
-Utah outshot Alaska 23-16 in the final two periods after being outshot 12-4 in the first period.
-It’s the second time this season and the second time in two home games that the Grizzlies have scored three power-play goals against Alaska.
-Five Grizzlies had multiple-point games in the contest in (Mathieu Aubin: 1 goal, 1 assist), Erik Bradford (two assists), Carlos Amestoy (two assists), Marc-Andre Levesque (two assists) and Michael Pelech (one goal one assist).
-Ryan Faragher stopped the final 13 shots that he saw in the win.
-Utah’s top four leading scorers all had at least a point, with three of the four recording multiple-points.
Aces At Home
-Utah has outscored Alaska 11-6 in their last two home games against the Aces, going 6-11 on the power-play.
-Utah is 11-2-1-1 when scoring a power-play goal at home.
-Utah has outscored Alaska 6-1 in the last two third periods at home.
Against Alaska
-Utah has won four of the last five games against the Aces, after Alaska won the first four games of the season series.
-Utah took two of three games in Anchorage February 8-10, winning the final two games of the series.
-Utah is 4-1 when scoring first against Alaska this year and has won four-straight games when scoring first against the Aces.
-Utah has drawn even or more power-plays against Alaska in seven of the nine games.
Back In The Lineup
-Tim Daly returned to the lineup Wednesday against Alaska and recorded a plus-one to increase his team leading total to a plus-23.
-He was originally injured February 3 in Idaho.


Game Day Blog Entry: March 1, 2017

03/01/2017 10:57 AM - Adam Turner

 Against Alaska

-Utah has won three of the last four games against the Aces, after Alaska won the first four games of the season series.
-Utah took two of three games in Anchorage February 8-10, winning the final two games of the series.
-Utah went 1-17 on the power-play and 14-16 on the penalty-kill in that series.
-Utah is 3-1 when scoring first against Alaska this year and has won three-straight games when scoring first against the Aces.
-Ryan Faragher made 45 saves in his last appearances versus Alaska on February 8, two off of his career high from October 30, 2015.

The Positives From Colorado
-Utah went 3-15 on the power-play.
-Erik Bradford scored in all three games with one goal and three assists.

Back In The Lineup
-Tim Daly is expected to return to the lineup tonight for the first time since February 9 in Alaska.
-He was originally injured February 3 in Idaho.
-He was ranked fourth in the ECHL in scoring by defensemen with nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points in 44 games at the time of his injury.
-He was third among ECHL defensemen with 16 power-play points and second among defensemen with 117 shots.
-He leads Utah with 16 power-play points on four goals and 12 assists. Erik Bradford is second with 11.
Ralph Cuddemi
-He is fifth in the ECHL in scoring with 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points in 55 games, also ranking second in goals.
-He leads rookies with 180 shots.

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