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Game Day Blog Entry: October 28, 2017

10/28/2017 12:01 AM - Adam Turner

The Situation

-The Grizzlies go for their fourth-straight win tonight after starting the season 0-4.
-After tonight, the Grizzlies start a four-game in five-night road trip Wednesday in Dallas on a trip that will also take them to Tulsa and Wichita.
-Utah opens a seven-game home stand Friday, November 10.
-Utah and Worcester will next meet March 18 in New England.
Called Up
-Forward Greger Hanson has been called up to Anaheim’s AHL Affiliate in San Diego being tied as Utah’s second leading scorer with three goals and five assists in seven games.
-Hanson was signed by the Ducks organization over the summer.
-Defenseman James Melindy was called-up to the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in Thursday after signing with the organization in July.
Last Night
-Both teams battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits in a game where five of nine goals were scored in the third period, including four in the first 4:45 of the frame.
-Michael Pelech had Utah’s first three-point night of the season and Ryan Olsen (one goal, one assist), Taylor Richart (one goal, one assist) and Kyle Thomas also added multiple-point games.
-Five goals was a season-high for Utah and nine goals in a game marked the highest scoring game the Grizzlies were involved in this season.
-Taylor Richart scored Utah’s second-straight game-winning goal.
-26 shots allowed by Utah, after allowing 12 in the first period, was a season-high for shots allowed.

The Latest
-Utah has scored first in three-straight games and led after one period and after two periods in two-straight games.
-Utah has outscored the opposition 6-1 in the first period during their three-game winning streak.
-Utah has scored three goals or more in four of the last five games after scoring three goals in their first two games.
-Utah has a three-goal period in two of the last three games and a multiple-goal period in three-straight home games.
-Both Utah overtime shots this season have been game-winning goals.
-Utah is 2-0 in overtime and both wins have come when tying contests in the final five minutes of regulation.
Other Contributors
-Brendan Harms has two assists in his last two games.
-Ryan Olsen had one goal and one assist Friday, both points came in the third period to tie the game, after totaling one assist in his first six games with Utah.
-Peter Sivak picked up his first point in a Utah uniform Friday on the game-winning goal.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 27, 2017

10/26/2017 10:40 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies play game two of a three-game home stand after being Idaho 3-0 Saturday.
-Utah and Worcester meet again tomorrow at Maverik Center.
-This is game two of ten of the Grizzlies next 14 games at home.

 Utah/Worcester Hockey History
-Utah went 3-3-2 against the Worcester IceCats in the AHL from 2002-2004 with the IceCats last visiting Utah November 20-22, 2003 when they were the AHL affiliate of the St Louis Blues and Utah was with the Dallas Stars.
The Latest
-The Grizzlies have scored five unanswered goals and won two-straight games after having not led in their first four games.
-Utah has a three-goal period in two-straight home games.
The Fun
-Tonight when the Grizzlies host Worcester at 7 p.m. we will unveil the Utah Dog; a hot dog topped with French Fries and Fry Sauce.
-Saturday, Utah and Worcester will both be wearing Marvel themed uniforms. In addition, Kids under 12 in costume will be admitted for $5 and there will be trick or treating on the concourse during the second intermission. To RSVP to host a Trick or Treat booth, call (801) 988-8800.
-Defenseman James Melindy was called-up to the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate in Thursday after signing with the organization in July.
-Utah goaltender has allowed three goals or less in five of the first six games.
-Utah is 8th in the 27-team ECHL allowing just 2.66 goals-per-game.
- Kevin Carr earned his eighth career shutout and his first win with the Grizzlies Saturday as he stopped all 36 Idaho shots in the 3-0 win as he became one of three ECHL goaltenders to not allow a goal in a game this season.
-Carr made 17 third period saves Saturday to finish off Idaho.
- Anaheim Ducks prospect Angus Redmond stopped 28 of 31 shots for his first professional win as the Grizzlies beat Idaho 4-3 in overtime on Friday.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 21, 2017

10/21/2017 7:01 AM - Adam Turner

 The Situation
-The Grizzlies wrap up six games in nine days to open the season tonight.
-This is the rubber game of three games in four nights for Utah and Idaho.
-Utah is next in action Friday and Saturday hosting Worcester.

Last Night
-Utah scored two goals 23 seconds apart in the first 50 seconds in Idaho to build a 2-0 lead, Idaho scored three-straight to take a 3-2 lead before Utah rallied with two more to tie and then win in overtime.
-Angus Redmond stopped 28 of 31 in first pro win.
The Series
-Tonight is the 3rd of 15 regular season meetings with the Steelheads and the first of eight at Maverik Center.
-Utah is 1-15 on the power-play and 12-13 on the penalty-kill.
-Both second periods this week have been scoreless preserving a 2-1 lead for each team.
-Utah is 6-6 on the PK in the second periods, Idaho is 5-5.
-Wednesday stayed 2-1 for 28:21, Friday stayed 2-1 for 41 minutes and 40 seconds.
-Utah has held Idaho to three goals each in the first two games.
-Idaho went up 2-0 with two goals 1:19 apart in the first period Wednesday while Utah took a 2-0 lead with two goals in 50 seconds on Wednesday.

Firsts Last Night
-Utah scored first for the first time this year, scored their first power-play goal, took their first lead of the year and led after one period and after two periods.
First Line Catching Fire
-Greger Hanson has a goal in three-straight games and had three points last night on one goal and two assists.
-Hanson has scored Utah’s first goal in two-straight games, both assisted by Thomas. 
-Kyle Thomas has scored in three-straight games and had one goal and two assists last night for one goal and four assists in his last three games.
-Michael Pelech has multiple-points in two of his last three games on two goals and two assists.

Taylor Will Tie It
-Taylor Richart has scored in four of Utah’s first five games with two goals and two assists.
-Both of his goals have tied games. He tied the game last night at three and tied the game at one against Colorado on October 14.

-Charley Graaskamp has scored in his first two pro games with one goal and one assist.
-Rookie Defenseman Cliff Watson is a plus-two or better in two of his last three games and has two assists in his last three games after assisting on the game-winning goal on Friday.
-He recorded a Utah season-high of nine shots on goal on Monday and his first pro point.
Heads Up
-Utah’s Travis Howe and Idaho’s Reid Halabi have fought in both games this week and now four times over three games, including the preseason.
-They fought in the only game that they both played on November 2, 2016 of last season.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 20, 2017

10/20/2017 10:55 AM - Adam Turner

This is already the fifth game in eight nights for the Grizzlies to start the season, the most in the ECHL.

Greger Hanson has a goal in two-straight games for the Grizzlies. Kyle Thomas has an assist in two-straight games.

Travis Howe and Reid Halabi have fought three times in two games, including once in the preseason.

Utah was 26-7-1-1 when scoring first last year, 19-3-1-0 when leading after one period and 25-13-2-1 when scoring a power-play goal as those are three areas that could really help get things going here in 2017-2018. They haven’t scored first, power-play is 0-20 and they’ve trailed after one in three of four games.

Defensively, the Grizzlies are still very solid, sixth in the ECHL in shots-per-game allowed, the penalty-kill is 85-percent and they’ve allowed three goals or less in three of four games.

Jefferson Dahl for Idaho has three goals in three games against Utah, including the preseason games and the game-winning goal in two of three games overall.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 18, 2017

10/18/2017 10:52 AM - Adam Turner

Utah is 9-5 during regular season October games against Idaho going back to 2011 after last year’s 3-1 October record against the Steelheads.

The Grizzlies look to pick up where they left off late Monday with three goals in four minutes and 52 seconds and over the final 9:17 after scoring three goals the first 170:43 of the season.

Cliff Watson had nine shots Monday, Jon Puskar had seven. Utah has outshot the opposition 101-82 through three games and hasn’t allowed more than 28 shots. Idaho had 49 and 43 shots Friday and Saturday against Norfolk and allowed just 25 and 28 for a 92-53 ratio.

Taylor Richart (one goal, two assists) has scored in all three games and is tied for second in ECHL in scoring by defensemen.

Idaho split a pair of games against Norfolk last week and hasn’t been in action since Saturday, while Utah played Norfolk Monday.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 16, 2017

10/16/2017 7:02 AM - Adam Turner

 Back At It
-The Grizzlies are looking for their first win of the season after dropping a pair of one-goal games to Kelly Cup Champion Colorado 3-2 Friday in Loveland and 2-1 Saturday in Utah.

The Strengths
-Utah went 9-9 on the penalty-kill against Colorado who finished second in the ECHL at a 24.8-percent clip on the power-play last year.
-9-9 on the PK is tied with Rapid City for most consecutive kills early on in season without allowing a PPG.
-2.50 Goals-Allowed-Per game would have led the ECHL last year in Goals-Per-Game allowed.
-27.50 Shots-Allowed-Per game would have led the ECHL last year in Shots-Per-Game allowed.
-Utah goaltenders Angus Redmond (25/27) and Kevin Carr (25/28) have combined for a .909 combined save percentage through the first two games.
-7,362 was the fifth largest crowd in the ECHL over the weekend and the third largest by a non expansion team.
Scoring In Both Games
-Returnees and roommates Taylor Richart and Brad Navin lead Utah in scoring with one goal and one assist through two games and have both been the only two players to score in both games.
Early Injuries
-Zach Saar left the first period of Saturday’s game with an injury, joining Garrett Haar who was hurt on the first day of training camp as players currently out of the lineup.
-Both players are listed as day-to-day and both injuries are undisclosed.
Early Season Action
-This is the third game in four nights for Utah to open the season.
-They head to Boise Wednesday and Friday before returning home to play Idaho on Saturday.
-Utah plays game two of four of six at home from October 14-28.
Who Are These People?
-This is the first ever meeting for the Grizzlies and Norfolk despite both playing in AHL from 2001-2005 and in the ECHL since 2015.
-This is the only meeting of the season between the two teams.
-Norfolk is 57-77-10-1 since joining the ECHL from the AHL in 2015.
-They split two games in Idaho over the weekend losing 4-2 Friday and winning 5-3 Saturday.
-Idaho scored two shorthanded goals over the weekend against the Admirals.
-Former Grizzlies Tim Daly and Erik Bradford are on Norfolk after the Grizzlies traded them over the summer to complete future considerations for a trade that brought Gabriel Verpaelst to Utah for the playoff run.
-At the time of the trade on March 7, Utah was three points out of a playoff position and by the time the season had ended on April 8 they held a four-point cushion on the final spot over Missouri while they also carried the tiebreaker after going 9-5 to complete the season.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 14, 2017

10/13/2017 11:28 PM - Adam Turner

Back At It
-The Grizzlies host Colorado tonight after falling 3-2 last night in Loveland in the Eagles home opener as they raised their Kelly Cup Championship banner.
-Utah is 3-0 after a non-win to open the season since 2011.
-Utah hasn’t started 0-2 since 2007.

Sometimes Close/Not
-Last night was the first time in eight games that Utah and Colorado have played a one-goal game.
-However after only having a one-goal game once in the last ten games, before that Utah and Colorado opened last season’s series by going past regulation in three-straight games.
-It marked the fourth-straight season that game one of the season series has been a one-goal game, but the first game one in the last four years that didn’t go past regulation.
Last Night
-Utah outshot Colorado 40-28 and put up 18 shots in the second period in the losing effort.
-The first three goals came within 21 seconds of a special teams situation ending.
-Utah never led as they trailed1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-2.
-Utah trailed for all but 12:14 in the contest.
-Kyle Thomas led Utah with six shots, Mitch Jones, Ryan Olsen and James Melindy had five shots, Zach Saar and Jon Puskar each had four.
-Utah went 0-4 on the power-play and 3-3 on the penalty-kill.
Home Team Pays
-Last night’s Colorado win ended a five-game losing streak by home teams in the season series.
Two Goals
-Utah was unable to get to three goals last night after going 33-8-2-0 when scoring three goals or more and winning 33 of their 37 games.
Pro Debut
-Zach Saar led Utah with a plus-two and also fought in his professional debut.
-He is on an AHL contract with Anaheim after four years of college hockey at Penn State University.
In Goal
-Rookie Angus Redmond was added to the Utah roster Friday after being assigned to the Grizzlies by the Anaheim Ducks.
-He went 22-10-5 last year in his only year of college hockey at Michigan Tech where his captain was Grizzlies defenseman  Cliff Watson.
-Redmond was signed to a three-year entry level contract by the Ducks last spring.
-Four of the six points tallied by Grizzlies were scored by returnees in Brad Navin and Jon Puskar with goals; Taylor Richart and C.J. Eick with assists and new defensemen Mitch Jones and Cliff Watson adding assists.

Game Day Blog Entry: October 13, 2017

10/13/2017 12:17 PM - Adam Turner

The Grizzlies see a lot of Colorado early with nine of their first 30 games against the Eagles.

Year number five with Tim Branham ties him with Kevin Colley for the longest coaching tenure in Grizzlies history.

James Melindy, reassigned by Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego, and Jon Puskar, re-signed Wednesday, will both be in the lineup tonight.

Kevin Carr will start the opener in goal for Utah. The Grizzlies will add a third goaltender today with rookie Angus Redmond being assigned by Anaheim. He signed a three-year contract with the organization after one season at Michigan Tech where he went 22-10-5 and his captain was Grizzlies defenseman Cliff Watson.

Colorado went 4-for-7 on the power-play during the preseason and allowed Rapid City to go 3-for-5 on the power-play. Utah went 1-for-12 against Idaho on the advantage and 13-for-14 on the penalty-kill in the preseason.

Jesse Mychan (23 goals, 14 assists, 37 points 34 games last year) will not be in the lineup tonight serving a two-game suspension from the preseason.

The local newspapers both had good season previews about the high expectations this team has for itself: 
Joe Coles in Deseret News 

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