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Grizzlies Continue Homestand vs Wichita

12/31/2018 9:45 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Continue Homestand vs Wichita

 

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies continue their 5 game homestand this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday against the Wichita Thunder. 


The Grizzlies split a 2 game weekend series against the Allen Americans. Utah shutout Allen 3-0 on December 29th as Joe Cannata stopped all 28 shots to post his 3rd consecutive shutout against Allen this season. JT Henke scored 2 goals for the 4th consecutive game. Julien Nantel had 1 goal and 1 assist for Utah. Nantel scored a goal in both games last weekend, giving him 4 goals in 7 games this season. 


Due to travel and weather issues with the Allen Americans getting to the Salt Lake Valley, the December 28th game was rescheduled for December 30th at noon. In that game, Allen won 4-2 as Allen goaltender CJ Motte stopped 31 of 33 shots. Julien Nantel and Austin Carroll each scored a goal for Utah. It was Carroll's first game back with the Grizzlies after a 7 game stint with the AHL's Manitoba Moose. It was the first time in 6 games that JT Henke didn't score a goal but Henke did get 1 assist. 

 

Utah comes into the week in 2nd place in the Mountain division with 38 standings points and are just 1 point behind the Idaho Steelheads for first. The Grizzlies opponent this week, the Wichita Thunder are tied for 3rd place in the division with the Tulsa Oilers. Wichita is 5-3-0-2 in their last 10 games. Utah got a 3 game road sweep of the Thunder on Nov. 4, 7, 9. 

 

Season Series vs Wichita 

November 4th - Utah won 4-3 in OT. Caleb Herbert GWG in OT. Cole Ully and Jake Marchment 2 assists each. Austin Carroll and Tim McGauley each had 1 goal. Herbert had 2 goals. 

November 7th - Utah won 5-4. Jake Marchment had 2 goals, including the GWG with 1:55 left in the third period. 

November 8th - Utah won 6-3. Cole Ully and Matt Berry each had 2 goals. 

 

For tickets go to utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center box office or go to any Smith's Tix location. 

 

Roster Moves Last Week:

Forward Austin Carroll returned to the Grizzlies lineup after having played in 7 games for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Carroll had a goal for Utah on December 30th in the 4-2 loss. Carroll has 7 goals and 10 assists in 21 games for Utah this season. Defenseman Josh Anderson was assigned to Utah from Colorado last Thursday and had 1 assist in 2 games for Utah last week vs Allen. Forward Jake Marchment was loaned to the AHL's San Diego Gulls. Forward Caleb Herbert was assigned to the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Nolan De Jong was assigned to the AHL's Colorado Eagles. 

 

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 vs Allen last week.  

Grizzlies won 3-0 on December 29th and lost 4-2 on December 30th to the Allen Americans.  

Overall record: 17-8-3-1

Home record: 10-4-1

Road record: 7-4-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Eichita Jan 2, 4, 5). 

Goals per game: 3.45 (7th best in the 27 team league).

Goals against per game: 2.69 (4th best in the league).

 

This Week

January 2nd - Wichita Thunder at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. ESPN 700. 

January 4th - Wichita Thunder at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM/HD2. 

January 5th - Wichita Thunder at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. ESPN 700. 

 

Grizzlies notesJT Henke has 9 goals in his last 6 games. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Julien Nantel has 4 goals in his last 5 games.  

 

·         Utah has scored first in 18 of 29 games this year.

·         Grizzlies goaltenders lead the league with 5 shutouts on the year.

·         Utah is 5th on the penalty kill at 86 percent. The Grizzlies are also 10th on the power play at 19.0 percent.

 

Upcoming Promotions

January 2nd vs Wichita Thunder – Wendy’s Wednesday (tickets staring at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s)

January 4th vs Wichita Thunder – AFCU Friday. Knock Your Socks off Presented by Ford (Sock drive. Bring new and unused socks to the game).

January 5th vs Wichita Thunder – Ladies Night. 

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers - Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys). Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30. 

Sunday Afternoon 4-2 Loss to Allen

12/30/2018 4:02 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose 4-2 on Sunday to Allen

West Valley City, Utah – The Allen Americans get 1 goal and 2 assists from Adam Miller and CJ Motte stopped 31 of 33 shots in the 4-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon at Maverik Center.

Allen scored first as Zach Pochiro got his 17th goal of the season 2:25 into the game. The Grizzlies tied up the game as Julien Nantel scored his 4th goal in his last 5 games.

Allen took a 2-1 lead 2:03 into the second period as David Makowski scored his 6th goal of the season. Austin Carroll tied things up at 2-2 with a power play goal on a great pass from Jack Walker. It was Carroll’s first game for the Grizzlies since December 1st. Carroll played in 7 games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

Allen took a lead for good as Johnny McInnis got a deflection on a Chase Lang shot for his 3rd goal of the season. The Americans added a 3rd period goal from Adam Miller to take a 4-2 lead.

Americans goaltender CJ Motte stopped 31 of 33 shots on goal. Grizzlies goalie Joe Cannata made 30 of 34 saves.

Both teams finished 1 for 4 on the power play. Allen outshot Utah 34 to 33.

The Grizzlies face the Wichita Thunder in a 3 game series on January 2nd, 4th and 5th at Maverik Center. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations.

Grizzlies notes: JT Henke had 1 assist for Utah but failed to score a goal for the first time in 6 games. The Defend Innocence defender of the game was Gage Ausmus, who had 1 assist for Utah.

Austin Carroll Returns to Utah

West Valley City, Utah – Forward Austin Carroll has returned to the Utah Grizzlies roster after having played in 7 games, scoring 1 goal for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Carroll scored his 7th ECHL goal of the season in the December 30th 4-2 loss to Allen.

Carroll has 6 goals and 10 assists for Utah in 20 games this season. Carroll had a 10 game point scoring streak from October 26th-November 24th.

The Grizzlies play the Allen Americans on Sunday, December 30th at noon. With a Grizzlies win, they will take over first place in the Mountain Division. Utah is home on January 2nd, 4th and 5th against the Wichita Thunder. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. 

Adam Turner on the Grizzlies 3-0 Saturday Win

12/29/2018 10:41 PM - Adam Turner

 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 3-0 Saturday Win

No Caleb Herbert, Matt Berry, or Austin Carroll in the Utah Grizzlies lineup: no problem. Anyone left in doubt as to where the offense would come, help has arrived in spectacular fashion in the form of J.T. Henke. The forward has stepped up admirably and has been on a tear, exploding for seven goals in the last four games. Saturday night’s contest against the Allen Americans would prove no different for the sudden goal scoring machine. Henke got the Grizzlies going in the first period with a one-timer, blistered the net yet again in the second, and cruised on home for a 3-0 Utah victory when all was said and done.

“I give all the success to my teammates,” Henke said. “We’ve got great chemistry going and it’s the guys I’m playing with that’s the reason why I’m burying the chances that I should. At the end of the day you’ve got to get a job done to get the win and we’re doing that.”

For a player the Grizzlies signed recently off waivers, Henke has been a revelation and his coach, Tim Branham, agrees.

“He’s hot and his confidence is growing,” Branham said. “I’m really proud of the way he’s playing. He had a lot of goal production in college and you can tell by his attitude and his demeanor that he has skill. He’s turned into a valuable addition for us.”

Not forgotten on the other end of the ice was the superb goaltending once again by Joe Cannata. Already tied for the league lead in shutouts with three, Cannata stood on his head yet again for his fourth of the season, brushing aside all 28 shots the Americans launched in his direction. In fact, Allen hasn’t been able to muster a goal against Cannata in three straight contests.

“Joe was really good tonight and don’t let the shutout fool you,” Branham said. “He made some incredible saves.”

Considering that Allen just arrived this morning following an exhausting 40 hour bus ride, the Americans played admirably but once Julien Nantel buried an empty netter with just seconds remaining,  Allen’s fate was sealed.


Henke, Cannata Star in 3-0 Saturday Win

12/29/2018 10:35 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Henke, Cannata Star in 3-0 Grizzlies Win

West Valley City, Utah – JT Henke scored 2 goals and Joe Cannata gets his 3rd consecutive shutout against Allen in the Utah Grizzlies 3-0 win over the Allen Americans on Saturday night at Maverik Center.

Henke has scored 2 goals in each of his last 4 games as he collected his 9th and 10th goal of the season. Henke joins Caleb Herbert (19), Matt Berry (13), and Cole Ully (10) as the only Grizzlies skaters to have double digit goal totals.

Henke’s first goal was scored with 1 minute left in the first period. Henke’s 2nd goal came with 1:49 left in the second period. Julien Nantel added an empty net goal with 1:23 left in the third period to close out the scoring. All 3 Grizzlies goals came with less than 2 minutes remaining in the period.

Joe Cannata collects his league leading 4th shutout of the season and third straight shutout vs Allen this season. Cannata stopped all 28 Allen shots to advance his record to 9-5-2-1 on the year.

The second game of the quick weekend series is Sunday at noon, which is a rescheduled game from December 28th that was cancelled due to travel issues with the Americans.

Grizzlies Notes: Defenseman Nolan De Jong signed a PTO with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Forwards Jake Marchment and Caleb Herbert were sent to the AHL in separate deals. Marchment went to the San Diego Gulls and Herbert went to the Colorado Eagles. It was Josh Anderson's first Grizzlies game since November 30th. Anderson spent the last 4 weeks with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. 

3 stars of the game

1.      1, JT Henke (Utah) – 2 goals.

2.     2.  Joe Cannata (Utah) – 28 save shutout.

3.      3. Julien Nantel (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Grizzlies Game Rescheduled for December 30th at Noon

12/28/2018 2:58 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies December 28th Game Rescheduled

West Valley City, Utah - Tonight’s Allen Americans at Utah Grizzlies game has been rescheduled due to weather and travel issues with the Americans.

The game will be rescheduled for Sunday, December 30th at 12:00 pm at Maverik Center.

The Saturday, December 29th Allen at Utah game will take place as scheduled, with a 7:00 pm face-off at Maverik Center.

Tickets for the December 28th game will be good to use for the Sunday, December 30th rescheduled game. In the event you won’t be able to attend the game on the 30th, tickets can be exchanged at the ticket outlet you got the tickets from for tickets for a future Grizzlies game. Tickets for tonight’s game can also be exchanged at the box office for tickets for the Saturday, December 29th game.

The Utah Grizzlies apologize for the inconvenience. For more information and updates, follow the Grizzlies on Twitter @utahgrizzlies, Facebook and Instagram.

This Weekend’s Games

December 29th – Allen Americans at Utah Grizzlies. 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2.

December 30th – Allen Americans at Utah Grizzlies. 12:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2. * The postgame skate that was scheduled for Saturday, December 29th will be pushed back until after Sunday’s game. The team poster giveaway courtesy of Metro by T-Mobile will still be on Saturday.

Upcoming Promotions

December 29th vs Allen Americans – Team Poster Giveaway courtesy of Metro by T-Mobile.

December 30th vs Allen Americans – Postgame Skate with Team.

January 2nd vs Wichita Thunder – Wendy’s Wednesday (tickets staring at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s)

January 4th vs Wichita Thunder – AFCU Friday. Knock Your Socks off Presented by Ford (Sock drive. Bring new and unused socks to the game).

January 5th vs Wichita Thunder – Ladies Night.

 

 

 

Grizzlies Begin 5 Game Homestand Friday vs Allen

12/24/2018 9:33 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Return Home vs Allen This Week

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies return home to Maverik Center for games this Friday and Saturday against the Allen Americans.

It’s been the JT Henke show for Utah. Henke was outstanding at Idaho last week. Henke had 2 goals in each of the 2 games on the road trip. Henke has 6 goals in his last 3 games and 7 goals in his last 4. Henke has 3 consecutive 2 goal games for Utah. The Grizzlies acquired Henke off waivers from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on November 16th.

The Grizzlies split a 2 game series with the Idaho Steelheads last weekend in Boise. It’s the 4th consecutive 2 game series vs Idaho this season that has ended in a split. The Grizzlies won 5-1 on December 21st as Henke scored 2 goals and Taylor Richart had 1 goal and 2 assists for Utah. Richart had 1 goal and 3 assists on the weekend vs Idaho. Julien Nantel and captain Teigan Zahn each scored 3rd period goals for the Grizzlies in the win.

Last Saturday, December 22nd, the Grizzlies lost 7-3 to the Steelheads. JT Henke scored twice and Ryan Walters scored his 5th goal of the season. Both teams scored 8 goals on the weekend.

The power play got going for the Grizzlies in Boise. Utah was 3 for 9 on the power play.

The Grizzlies have outscored opponents 34 to 22 in the first period of play and have outscored the opposition 35 to 22 in the 2nd period of play.

The Grizzlies 3 game holiday pack is available now at utahgrizzlies.com. It includes tickets to 3 games starting at $39. For more information call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

Roster Moves Last Week:

Defenseman Josh Anderson was assigned to Utah last Tuesday by Colorado and recalled by the Eagles on Thursday. Joe Cannata was sent to the Colorado Eagles on December 22nd and sent back to Utah after the Eagles game on Saturday night.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 vs Idaho last week.  

Grizzlies won 5-1 on December 21st at Idaho.. Grizzlies lost 7-3 at Idaho on Dec. 22nd.  

Overall record: 16-7-3-1

Home record: 9-3-1

Road record: 7-4-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Allen Dec. 28, 29). 

Goals per game: 3.52 (7th best in the 27 team league).

Goals against per game: 2.74 (4th best in the league).

Grizzlies notesJT Henke has 7 goals in his last 4 games. Caleb Herbert leads the league with 38 points on the year and is 2nd with 19 goals. Cole Ully is tied for 3rd in the league with 23 assists. Joe Cannata leads the league with 3 shutouts.  

 

·         Utah has scored first in 17 of 27 games this year.

·         Utah has 95 goals on the season, which is best in the Mountain Division.

·         Grizzlies goaltenders lead the league with 4 shutouts on the year.

·         Utah is 7th on the penalty kill at 85.7 percent. The Grizzlies are also 7th on the power play at 19.3 percent.

Next Homestand

Grizzlies are home vs the Allen Americans on December 28th and 29th. Next week the Wichita Thunder come to Maverik Center for games January 2nd, 4thand 5th. 7 pm face-off’s all 5 games on the homestand.

Upcoming Promotions

December 28th vs Allen Americans – AFCU Friday (tickets start at $8 for AFCU members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office)

December 29th vs Allen Americans – Team Poster Giveaway courtesy of Metro by T-Mobile. Postgame Skate with Team.

January 2nd vs Wichita Thunder – Wendy’s Wednesday (tickets staring at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s)

January 4th vs Wichita Thunder – AFCU Friday. Knock Your Socks off Presented by Ford (Sock drive. Bring new and unused socks to the game).

January 5th vs Wichita Thunder – Ladies Night. 

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas. 

Postgame Blog: Grizzlies Lose 7-3 to Idaho to Split Series

12/23/2018 5:04 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Boise, Idaho – The Utah Grizzlies lost 7-3 to the Idaho Steelheads to split the 2 game weekend series in Boise on the weekend before Christmas. Tony Calderone led the Steelheads attack with 2 goals and 1 assist.

The Grizzlies outshot the Steelheads 36 to 21 in the game, including 19 shots on goal by Utah in the 2nd period of play.

Idaho took a 3-0 lead 7:53 into the game as Kyle Schempp gave Idaho a 1-0 lead 3:03 into the contest. Tony Calderone scored twice in a 3 minute stretch in the first period. The Grizzlies got a late first period goal by JT Henke to cut into the Steelheads lead.

Idaho’s Geoff Crisfield was charged with a 5 minute boarding major penalty, giving the Grizzlies a 5 minute power play. The Grizzlies scored twice on the power play to tie up the game. It was 3-1 when Utah got 2nd period goals by Ryan Walters (5) and JT Henke’s 2nd of the game, 8th of the season and 6th goal in his last 3 games. It was Henke’s 3rd straight 2 goal game.

Idaho responded later in the 2nd period as Robbie Payne scored a shorthanded goal 13:22 into the period to give the Steelheads a 4-3 lead. Idaho scored less than 4 minutes later as Brad McClure scored a 5 on 3 power play goal to make it a 5-3 game.

The Steelheads added 2 goals in the 3rd period as Kale Kessy and Alex Dahl each scored for the Steelheads, who are in 2nd place in the division with 35 standings points.

The Grizzlies maintain first place in the division with 36 standings points as both teams head for the Christmas break. Next game for the Grizzlies is Friday, December 28th against the Allen Americans at Maverik Center. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com

Grizzlies notes: Utah goaltender Kevin Carr stopped 14 of 21 shots. Idaho’s Tomas Sholl stopped 33 of 36 shots in the win for Idaho. Both teams were strong on the power play. Utah was 2 for 5 on the man advantage and Idaho was 2 for 4 on the power play. For JT Henke, he has 7 goals in his last 4 games. Henke was claimed off waivers from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on November 16th

Henke, Richart Shine in 5-1 Grizzlies Road Win

12/21/2018 11:34 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Boise, Idaho – JT Henke scored 2 goals for and Taylor Richart added 1 goal and 1 assist and Teigan Zahn and Julien Nantel each scored third period goals as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Idaho Steelheads 5-1 on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.

Idaho took a quick 1-0 lead as Nolan Gluchowski scored his 4th goal of the season. After that, it was all Grizzlies, who scored the last 5 goals in the game.

JT Henke scored 2 goals in the first period to give Utah a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Henke has scored 5 goals in his last 3 games and 6 goals in his last 5 games overall for Utah. Henke was claimed off waivers from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on November 16th.

Taylor Richart scored his 3rd goal of the season with 1:41 left in the 2nd period to give Utah a 3-1 lead. In the third period, the Grizzlies added goals from Zahn and Nantel to take a 5-1 lead. Nantel’s goal was a power play goal, with Utah going 1 for 4 on the man advantage. Utah is 2 for 41 on the power play over the last 9 games.

Kevin Carr was solid in net for Utah. Carr stopped 20 of 21 shots. He has allowed only 1 goal in his last 2 games and takes his record to 8-1-1 on the season.

The Grizzlies won 5-1 on December 8th in Boise and have outscored the Steelheads 10-2 in the last 2 head to head games. The last game before the Christmas break is Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena. The Grizzlies have 36 standings points, extending their lead to 3 points in the Mountain Division. Idaho and Rapid City are tied for 2nd with 33 points. Tulsa and Kansas City are tied for 4th place with 32 points.

3 stars of the game

1.     1. Taylor Richart (Utah) – 1 goal, 2 assists. +3.

2.     2.  JT Henke (Utah) – 2 goals.

3.     3.  Gage Ausmus (Utah) – 2 assists. +2 

Grizzlies Weekly Preview at Idaho Dec 21-22

12/17/2018 9:53 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Hit the Road to Boise This Week

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are on the road this week against the Idaho Steelheads for games on December 21st and 22nd.

Last Friday thousands of teddy bears were tossed on the ice during the Grizzlies Teddy Bear Toss Presented by Ford. JT Henke got the teddy bear goal, scoring 12:33 into the 3rd period to tie the game 1-1, a game eventually won by Rapid City 2-1.

Last Saturday was Star Wars Night and a breakthrough performance by JT Henke, who had 2 goals and 1 assists for the Grizzlies, who avoided the week sweep. Henke had an outstanding week, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 2 games. Henke has 4 goals in his last 4 games.

With Star Wars Night, the Grizzlies wore specialty jersey’s that were auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to Make A Wish Utah. Over 12 thousand dollars went to the game worn jersey’s on a night when Kevin Carr got the shutout in goal for Utah.

Grizzlies goaltenders lead the league with 4 shutouts on the season. Kevin Carr stopped all 23 shots for Utah. It was Carr’s 3rd shutout in a Grizzlies uniform and the 10th since he turned pro in the 2014-15 season.

The Grizzlies 3 game holiday pack is available now at utahgrizzlies.com. It includes tickets to 3 games starting at $39. For more information call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

Roster Moves Last Week:

Josh Dickinson assigned to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Julien Nantel assigned to the Grizzlies. Nantel got his first goal for Utah on Saturday night in the 3-0 win over Rapid City. Utah signed forward Mike Economos on December 14th. Economos got a fighting major in each of his first 2 games for Utah. Defenseman Nolan De Jong was loaned to the AHL’s Stockton Heat on December 15th.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2 vs Rapid City last week.  

Grizzlies lost 3-1 to Rapid City on Dec.12. Grizzlies lost to Rapid City 2-1 on Dec. 14. Grizzlies won 3-0 on Dec. 15 vs Rapid City

Overall record: 15-6-3-1

Home record: 9-3-1

Road record: 6-3-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Idaho Dec 21, 22). 

Grizzlies notes: JT Henke has 4 goals in his last 4 games. Kevin Carr got his 1st shutout on the season. It's Carr's 10th professional shutout. Caleb Herbert leads the league with 19 goals and 37 points on the year. Cole Ully is 2nd in the league with 32 points. Ully is tied for the league lead with 22 assists. Joe Cannata leads the league with 3 shutouts. 

 

·        Utah has scored first in 17 of 25 games this year.

·         Utah has 87 goals on the season, which is best in the Mountain Division.

·         Grizzlies goaltenders lead the league with 4 shutouts on the year.

·         Utah is 5th on the penalty kill at 86.7 percent.

Next Homestand

Grizzlies are home vs the Allen Americans on December 28th and 29th. The next week the Wichita Thunder come to Maverik Center for games January 2nd, 4th and 5th. 7 pm face-off’s all 5 games on the homestand.

Upcoming Promotions

December 28th vs Allen Americans – AFCU Friday (tickets start at $8 for AFCU members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office)

December 29th vs Allen Americans – Team Poster Giveaway courtesy of Metro by T-Mobile. Postgame Skate with Team.

January 2nd vs Wichita Thunder – Wendy’s Wednesday (tickets staring at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s)

January 4th vs Wichita Thunder – AFCU Friday. Knock Your Socks off Presented by Ford (Sock drive. Bring new and unused socks to the game).

January 5th vs Wichita Thunder – Ladies Night. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 3-0 Win

12/15/2018 11:36 PM - Adam Turner

 

The Utah Grizzlies offense has been enduring a sustained drought against the Rapid City Rush, dropping the first two contests of the three game set. Rush goalie Adam Carlson, who has been nothing short of sensational, has stopped 97 of the last 99 shots he’s faced against Utah. So where would the offense come from for the Grizzlies? One of Utah’s most unlikely of candidates, J.T. Henke, who entered the game with just two goals on the season, answered the bell and awoke the Grizzlies from their slumber. Scoring the lone Utah goal Friday night, Henke erupted with a two goal effort on Star Wars night, as Utah played the style of hockey its fans have been accustomed to witnessing on the season, skating to a 3-0 victory.

“Coach kind of laid into us and we took it to heart,” Henke said. “We know we’re a good team and we finally played like it tonight and pretty much dominated them from the start. It was a gut check for us. The fighters fought, the defense was great and (Kevin) Carr stood on his head.”

Carlson, who until Saturday barely appeared human, ironically surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced of the evening. Recent arrival Julien Nantel endeared himself to the fans, registering his first goal in a Grizzlie uniform.  And following Henke’s second goal of the night, Carlson wasn’t able to survive the entirety of the game, giving way to backup Tyler Parks.

Not forgotten on the defensive end was the superb goaltending of Kevin Carr, who hadn’t seen action in a couple of nights. Carr was at his best when it mattered most, withstanding a pair of odd man rushes and particularly when the Grizzlies were able to thwart a 5 on 3 power play for in the second period. Carr ended up pitching a shutout, stopping all 23 shots the Rush fired his direction.

“Carr was really, really good tonight,” head coach Tim Branham said. “He stopped two 3 on 1 breakaways and played superb and guys stood up for him.”

Unwilling to stand pat, Utah kept the foot on the pedal in the third period, outshooting the Rush by as big of a margin as 19 to 2 with just a few minutes to play. All in all, it was an impressive effort as the Grizzlies were able to salvage two points in the series and gain some momentum as the team takes to the road.

“The boys buckled down and it was a gutsy effort by everyone, a total team effort,” Branham said. “That’s a hard working team over there and we were finally able to get to their goaltender. We know that we can get the job done and it was a huge character game.”


Henke, Carr Starred in 3-0 Shutout Win

12/15/2018 11:34 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Henke, Carr Star in Grizzlies 3-0 Win on Star Wars Night

West Valley City, Utah – Kevin Carr gets his first shutout of the season and JT Henke had 2 goals and 1 assist on the night as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Rapid City Rush 3-0 at Maverik Center on Star Wars Night at Maverik Center.

A great crowd of 7926 on Star Wars night saw the Grizzlies salvage the last game of the 3 game series.

The scoring started early for Utah as Julien Nantel scored his first goal in a Grizzlies uniform 1:19 into the first period. It stayed a 1-0 game until JT Henke scored his first of 2 goals in the game with 25 seconds left in the first period.

Henke scored the only goal in the second period as he scored about 22 seconds after coming out of the penalty box as the Grizzlies successfully killed a 5 on 3 Rush power play. It was Henke’s 2nd of the game and 4th in his last 4 games. Henke also had an assist on the Nantel goal in the first period to give JT 3 points on the night.

The 3rd period was all Grizzlies. Despite neither team scoring a goal, Utah outshot Rapid City 20 to 5 in the period and 41 to 23 for the game.

Both teams were good at killing penalties as Rapid City was 0 for 8 on the power play and Utah was 0 for 7 on the man advantage.

The Grizzlies take over first place in the division by themselves as Tulsa lost to Indy 5-4. Utah has 34 standings points on the season. Next week the Grizzlies are on the road against the Idaho Steelheads for games on December 21st and 22nd.

Grizzlies notes: The Grizzlies were wearing specialty jersey’s that were auctioned off after the game. Proceeds of the jersey’s will go to Make A Wish Utah. Over 12 thousand Kevin Carr’s shutout was the 4th by a Grizzlies goaltender. Joe Cannata leads the league with 3 shutouts. The 4 shutouts are the most in the league. Rush goaltender Adam Carlson was pulled after the 2nd period for Tyler Parks. Parks stopped all 20 shots he saw in the 3rd period. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on Tough 2-1 Loss

12/14/2018 11:36 PM - Adam Turner

 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 2-1 Loss

Sometimes a hockey team just runs into a hot goaltender. Facing the Rapid City Rush, the Utah Grizzlies once again failed to solve the riddle that is Adam Carlson. The visiting team’s netminder once again stole the show as the Grizzlies played with effort and passion, but unfortunately it wasn’t able to translate onto the scoreboard. Fortunately on teddy bear night, the fans were able to toss their plush animals but one goal was all the Grizzlies were able to muster. When all was said and done, the Grizzlies bowed down to the Rush yet again, this time 2-1. In his last 180 minutes of hockey, Carlson has surrended just two goals against Utah.

“We had a better effort tonight but we have a long way to go in that department,” head coach Tim Branham said. “We were there at times but we have to find some consistency. He’s a good goaltender and has a .940 save percentage for a reason but we have to make it more difficult for him to see the puck.”

It appeared for a moment that Utah broke through in the third period as an effort from defenseman Nolan De Jong found the back of the net but the goal was waved off due to a high stick. Of course, that didn’t prevent the majority of fans with their bears to toss them onto the ice as the crowd was anxious for a Grizzlie goal. The remaining bears were fortunately unloaded when J.T. Henke captured a power play goal to tie the game at 1-1.

However, just minutes later, Cedric Monteniny would prevent the home fans from leaving with the desired result, notching the game winner past Utah goalie Joe Cannata.

Joining Carlson and Monteniny in submitting the highlight reel, Rush forward Andrew Radjenovic struck gold yet again, beating Cannata who by his own right was almost as good as Carlson. Radjenovic has outscored the Grizzlies by himself in the last two contests, scoring three goals to Utah’s two.


Grizzlies Lose Tough One 2-1

12/14/2018 11:27 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose Tough One 2-1

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies lost 2-1 to the Rapid City Rush as Cedric Montminy scored the game winner with 3:16 left in regulation as the Rush have taken each of the first 2 games of the 3 game series.

It was a game filled with great goaltending as Adam Carlson got the win for Rapid City, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Joe Cannata was also solid for Utah, stopping 23 of 25 in a tough luck loss for the Grizzlies, who fall to 14-6-3-1 on the season.

The Rush took a 1-0 lead 2:10 into the second period as Andrew Radjenovic scored his 15th goal of the season and 3rd in the 2 game this week vs Utah.

It stayed 1-0 until JT Henke scored from the circle to tie the game with 7:27 left in the 3rd period. Henke’s goal prompted over a thousand teddy bears to be tossed onto the ice as it was Teddy Bear Toss Night at Maverik Center.

Rapid City took a lead for good when Cedric Montminy scored the game winner with 3:16 left in the third period. The Rush have picked up 9 of 10 games so far against the Grizzlies in the season series as Rapid City is 4-0-0-1 against Utah this season.

The final game of the three game series is Saturday night at Maverik Center. It’s Star Wars Night with specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to Make A Wish Utah. Face-off will be at 7 pm.

Grizzlies Notes: Rapid City and Utah were both 0 for 4 on the power play. Utah is 1 for 30 on the power play in the last 7 games. 

Grizzlies Add Forward Mike Economos to Roster

12/14/2018 3:37 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Add Forward Mike Economos to Roster

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies have added forward Mike Economos to the active roster, coming over from the SPHL’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.

Economos has played in 76 SPHL games for 3 teams over the past 3 seasons. During his time in the SPHL, Economos has 14 goals and 14 assists. Mike is 6 ft 1 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was born on May 14, 1992.

The Grizzlies are home for games December 14th and 15th against the Rapid City Rush. Friday the 14th is the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Ford. Saturday the 15th is Star Wars Night with specialty jerseys from Make A Wish Utah. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com, calling the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000 or going to any Smith’s Tix locations. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on Utah's 3-1 loss to Rapid City

12/12/2018 11:02 PM - Adam Turner

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on the 3-1 Loss to Rapid City

Normally, when the Rapid City Rush pay a visit to the Maverik Center, victory is all but certain for the Utah Grizzlies. Lacing up the skates has historically produced two points for the home team against the perennial bottom feeders of the Mountain Division of the league. But this year’s Rush club is different. Playing with a chip on their shoulder and looking to change their identity, the Rush hammered the Grizzlies, propelling themselves to a 3-1 victory and playing above .500 hockey.

“We didn’t come ready to play and that’s what happens,” head coach Tim Branham said.  “They outworked us and we put ourselves behind the eight ball. We need to be ready to go from the drop of the puck. We wanted an easy game tonight.”

A nightmare of a first period ensued that found the Grizzlies playing their worst hockey of the year. Sloppy with the puck in their defensive end, the Rush smelled blood early and capitalized with three goals, leaving Utah goalie Joe Cannata exposed in each scoring sequence. Andrew Radjenovic is Rapid City’s version of Caleb Herbert, and the Rush forward lodged his 13th and 14th goals of the season, sandwiched by a Tyler Poulson score. Notorious for outshooting and outscoring opponents in the first period, Utah this time found itself on the wrong side of 13-6 in shot attempts but most importantly dug themselves into a precarious 3-0 disadvantage on the scoreboard.

The Grizzlies cleaned some things up in the second and finally broke through when Cole Ully rifled a shot past Rush goalie Adam Carlson, who had been spectacular up until then. By the time it was all said and done, the Grizzlies had outshot the Rush 34-24 but the Ully goal was all the Grizzlies could muster. In fact, it was the only goal that Carlson has given up against Utah in the last 120 minutes.

“They’ve got a good goaltender but he’s seeing everything and we’re not getting enough bodies in front of him,” Branham said. “We need guys to step up and accept their roles and we didn’t do that tonight.”


 

Grizzlies Lose 3-1 to Rapid City

12/12/2018 11:28 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose 3-1 to Rapid City

West Valley City, Utah – The Rapid City Rush took a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the hockey game and defeated the Utah Grizzlies 3-1 at Maverik Center on Wednesday night.

Andrew Radjenovic scored 2:15 into the first period to give Rapid City a 1-0 lead. Tyler Poulsen scored his 6th of the season and 4th against Utah this season with 8 minutes left in the first period. Less than a minute later, Radjenovic scored his 2nd of the game and 14th of the season to give the Rush a 3-0 lead.

The Grizzlies got on the board 16:48 into the 2nd period as Cole Ully scores his 10th goal of the season. Ully became the 3rd Grizzlies skater to get to double digit goals on the season. It was the only goal allowed by Rush goaltender Adam Carlson, who stopped 33 of 34 shots to defeat the Grizzlies for the 2nd time in regulation this season.

Utah maintains first place despite the loss because Tulsa and Kansas City also lost on Wednesday night. It was a rare home loss for the Grizzlies, who are 8-2-1 at home this season.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night at Maverik Center. 7 pm face-off. It’s the Teddy Bear Toss presented by Ford, where fans throw bears on the ice after the Grizzlies score their first goal of the game. It’s also an AFCU Friday at Maverik Center, where tickets start at $8 for fans paying with their AFCU debit or credit card at the Maverik Center box office.

Grizzlies notes: Joe Cannata stopped 21 of 24 shots on goal for Utah. His record falls to 8-4-2-1 on the season. It was the Grizzlies debut for forward Julien Nantel, who came over to the Grizzlies from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. It was the home debut for Jack Walker, who played in all 5 games of the recent Grizzlies road trip. The Grizzlies went 0 for 4 on the power play. Utah is 1 for 26 in their last 6  games on the power play. 

Grizzlies Add Julien Nantel to Roster

12/11/2018 1:43 PM - Tyson Whiting

West Valley City, Utah – Forward Julien Nantel has been added to the Utah Grizzlies roster, coming over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Nantel has played in 122 AHL games over the past 2 plus seasons, which included 15 games this season for the Eagles.

“Julien is a strong 2-way forward who can play any position,” says Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham.

Nantel has championship experience, as he was with the Colorado Eagles for each of their back to back championship teams in 2017, 2018. Nantel had a great 2017 Kelly Cup Playoff, scoring 8 goals and 8 assists for the 2017 Eagles.

The Grizzlies have home games December 12th, 14th and 15th at Maverik Center. For tickets go to utahgrizzlies.com or call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

Grizzlies notes: In a separate move, forward Josh Dickinson has been sent to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Dickinson has 2 goals and 4 assists in 7 games for the Grizzlies this season.

Upcoming Homestand Promotions

December 12th vs Rapid City – Wendy’s Wednesday: Tickets starting at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s. Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

December 14th vs Rapid City – Teddy Bear Toss, Presented by Ford. AFCU Friday (tickets starting at $8, for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card). Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

December 15th vs Rapid City – Star Wars Night (Specialty Jerseys) with Make A Wish. Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

When you mention the stocking stuffer at the Maverik Center box office when purchasing a full priced ticket for any of the 3 games this week, you get a free ticket for the January 5th game vs Wichita. 

Grizzlies Return Home vs Rapid City This Week

12/10/2018 10:26 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Return Home vs Rapid City This Week

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies return to Maverik Center for games December 12th, 14th and 15th against the Rapid City Rush.

Last weekend the Grizzlies split a 2 game weekend series against the Idaho Steelheads. Idaho won 4-2 on December 7th as Ryan Misiak and Ryan Walters scored goals for Utah. Kevin Carr stopped 28 of 31 shots. On Saturday, December 8th Utah won 5-1 as Caleb Herbert had 2 goals and 1 assist and Josh Dickinson had 2 assists for Utah. Joe Cannata was outstanding, stopping 30 of 31 shots.

Last Saturday the Grizzlies won 5-1 and once again the Caleb Herbert and Cole Ully show was on full display as Herbert scored 2 goals (18th and 19th of the season) and added 1 assist in a 3 point effort. Herbert leads the league with 19 goals. He also leads with 36 points. Cole Ully scored his 9th goal of the season on Saturday night. Ully is 2nd in the league with 31 points on the season.

The Grizzlies have a winning percentage of .727. That’s tied for the best in the league with the Toledo Walleye. Utah has outscored opponents 82 to 61 this year. Utah is in the top 4 in both goals per game (3.77, ranked 2nd in the league) and goals allowed per game (2.77, ranked 4th in the league).

This Week’s Games

December 12th vs Rapid City – 7:05 pm. ESPN 700.

December 14th vs Rapid City – 7:05 pm. ESPN 700.

December 15th vs Rapid City – 7:05 pm. ESPN 700.

Upcoming Homestand Promotions

December 12th vs Rapid City – Wendy’s Wednesday: Tickets starting at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s. Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

December 14th vs Rapid City – Teddy Bear Toss, Presented by Ford. AFCU Friday (tickets starting at $8, for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card). Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

December 15th vs Rapid City – Star Wars Night (Specialty Jerseys) with Make A Wish. Stocking stuffer – Buy a ticket at the box office and get a free ticket to use as a stocking stuffer for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

When you mention the stocking stuffer at the Maverik Center box office when purchasing a regular priced ticket for any of the 3 games this week, you get a free ticket for the January 5th game vs Wichita.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 at Idaho last week.  

Grizzlies lost 4-2 to Idaho on Dec. 7. Grizzlies won 5-1 at Idaho on Dec. 8.  

Overall record: 14-4-3-1

Home record: 8-1-1

Road record: 6-3-2-1

Last 10 games: 6-3-0-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is at home vs Rapid City Dec. 12, 14, 15). 

Grizzlies notes: Caleb Herbert and Cole Ully were named ECHL Co-Players of the Month for November. The last player of the month winner was former forward and current assistant coach Ryan Kinasewich, who won the honor for October 2009. Kinasewich was a 3 time winner of player of the month honors in a Utah uniform. Goaltender Joe Cannata currently leads the league with 3 shutouts on the season. Ryan Misiak scored 19 seconds into the game last Friday night at Idaho. It was his first game since November 9th at Wichita. JT Henke scored his 1st goal in a Grizzlies uniform last Saturday at Idaho. Henke had 4 goals in 19 games in a Greenville Swamp Rabbits uniform before being claimed off waivers by the Grizzlies this November.

Team notes: Utah has outscored opponents 29 to 15 in the first period of games. The Grizzlies are 2nd in the league by averaging 3.73 goals per game. Grizzlies are 4th in the league by allowing 2.77 goals per game. Utah has scored first in 16 of 22 games this year.

Roster Moves Last Week: Austin Carroll went to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Carroll has 6 goals and 10 assists in 20 games for Utah. Matt Berry was loaned to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Berry has 13 goals, 9 assists and is a plus 12 on the season.

 

 

 

Grizzlies Win 5-1 in Boise

12/09/2018 4:52 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 5-1 in Boise

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies broke a 1-1 tie in the 2nd period as they scored 4 unanswered goals to win 5-1 against the Idaho Steelheads to split the 2 game series in Boise.

Cole Ully got the scoring started with his 9th goal of the season 2:42 into the first period to give Utah a 1-0 lead. Ully is 2nd in the league with 32 points on the year. Idaho tied it up as Kyle Schempp got a deflection for his 6th goal of the year halfway through the first period.

The incredible Caleb Herbert gave the Grizzlies a lead they would never lose as he scored his 18th of the season 11:38 into the 2nd period. Herbert wasn’t done yet as he scored 42 seconds into the third period unassisted to give Utah a 3-1 lead. Herbert ended the night with 2 goals and 1 assists. Herbert leads the league with 19 goals and 17 assists.

J.T. Henke and Jake Marchment each scored third period goals for Utah, who takes over first place by themselves as Tulsa lost 3-2 to Kalamazoo. Grizzlies now have 32 standings points on the year.

Joe Cannata got his 8th win of the season. Cannata stopped 30 of 31 shots for Utah. Gage Ausmus had 1 assist tonight and was a plus 4 for the game. Josh Dickinson had 2 assists for the Grizzlies in the win.

The Grizzlies return home for games December 12th, 14th and 15th at Maverik Center against the Rapid City Rush.

Grizzlies notes: Utah outshot Idaho 36 to 31. J/T/ Henke scored his first goal in a Grizzlies uniform in the third period.

3 stars of the game:

1.       Caleb Herbert (Utah) – 2 goals, 1 assist/

2.       Josh Dickinson (Utah) – 2 assists.

3.       Kyle Schempp (Idaho) – 1 goal. 

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