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Grizzlies Win 4-2 in Tulsa

01/30/2019 10:15 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 4-2 In Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Utah Grizzlies won 4-2 as Eric Freschi gave Utah a 3-2 lead with 9:17 left in the third period and Jake Marchment scored 2 goals as the Grizzlies defeated the Tulsa Oilers at BOK Center.

Tulsa scored first at Roman Ammirato scored his 7th goal of the season 2:40 into the contest. Tim McGauley responded with a power play goal for Utah to tie up the game at the 7:36 mark.

It stayed 1-1 for over a period and a half as both goaltenders and defensive units were solid in the middle portion of the game. Joe Cannata stopped 25 of 27 shots as he allowed only 3 goals on 64 shots in back to back games against Tulsa. Oilers goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Jake Marchment scored a goal on a rebound with 2:54 left in the second period. Marchment scored 2 seconds after a 4 minute power play ended for the Grizzlies.

Tulsa tied up the game 2-2 as Ryan Tesink scored a shorthanded goal 7:10 into the third period. It was his 19th goal of the season.

Utah took a 3-2 lead as Eric Freschi scored his 2nd goal of the season with the assists going to Josh Dickinson and Turner Ottenbreit.

Grizzlies defenseman Teigan Zahn got called for an interference minor penalty with 2 minutes left in the third period. Utah defender Taylor Richart was called for Delay of Game with 1:15 left in the third. The Grizzlies stopped the 5 on 3 as Jake Marchment won key face-offs and Gage Ausmus and Kevin Davis were key in stopping the Oilers and Joe Cannata made a big save with 33 seconds left. Marchment scored an empty net goal at the buzzer for his second of the game to complete the scoring.

Marchment has 6 goals in 5 games against Tulsa this season. Marchment had 1 goal and 1 assist in the Utah 2-1 victory on Tuesday night in Tulsa. The Grizzlies are 3-2 vs Tulsa this season.

Utah is 3-1 on the current 6 game road trip. Next game for the Grizzlies will be Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita as the Grizzlies are at the Thunder. 6:00 pm MT start. The game can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2. 

Grizzlies Win 2-1 Nail Biter in Tulsa

01/29/2019 10:09 PM - Tyson Whiting

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Jake Marchment had 1 goal and 1 assist and Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots as the Utah Grizzlies defeat the Tulsa Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday night at BOK Center.

Special teams played a factor early in the game as Jake Marchment scored a power play goal with 4:57 left in the first period. It was Marchment’s 12th goal of the season. Tim McGauley and Kevin Davis got the assist. McGauley also got in a fight with Alex Kromm 8:13 into the game.

Tulsa scored the lone goal in the second period as Ian McNulty scored his 9th goal of the season. Adam Pleskach and Eric Drapluk got the helpers.

Josh Anderson scored his first professional goal 10:38 into the third period to give Utah a 2-1 lead. Marchment and Jack Walker tallied the assists. It was a lead the Grizzlies held on to as they go to a 2-1 record on the current 6 game road trip.

The season series between the 2 teams is tied at 2 wins apiece. Game 2 of the quick 2 game series is Wednesday night at BOK Center. 6:00 pm MT face-off.

3 stars of the game

1.     1.   Jake Marchment (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

2.      2. Joe Cannata (Utah) – 36 of 37 saves.

3.   Ian McNulty (Tulsa) – 1 goal. 

Tip-A-Grizz Charity Event on February 12th

01/29/2019 8:07 AM - Tyson Whiting

 West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies Tip-A-Grizz charity event will take place Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the fourth floor restaurant at Maverik Center.


Once again, during the event, Grizzlies players will act as celebrity waiters and will work for tips while serving fans dinner. All money raised at the event will go back to Utah Grizzlies Children’s Charities to support youth hockey in Utah and other non-profit causes.

We will have some great giveaway items; including personalized experiences at upcoming Grizzlies games that will be raffled off during the event.

Grizzlies players will be wearing personalized aprons that will be auctioned off.

The cost for Grizzlies season ticket holders is $25 with admission for the general public being $40. All guests wishing to attend Tip-A-Grizz, need to RSVP by calling Valerie at (801) 988-8800. Fans need to RSVP’s by Wednesday February 6th.

Grizzlies Continue Road Trip at Tulsa & Wichita

01/28/2019 8:58 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Continue Road Trip in Tulsa & Wichita

Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Utah Grizzlies continue their 6 game road trip this week with games on Tuesday and Wednesday vs the Tulsa Oilers and Friday and Saturday vs the Wichita Thunder.

The Grizzlies split a 2 game weekend series against the Kansas City Mavericks. Utah won 5-1 last Friday as they got goals from 5 different skaters and Kevin Carr stopped 25 of 26 shots. Josh Dickinson and Jack Walker each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Last Saturday the Mavericks won 4-3 to split the series. Utah got goals from Taylor Richart, Caleb Herbert and JT Henke. Herbert has been on an incredible hot stretch for the Grizzlies. He has 4 goals in his last 3 games. Herbert is 2nd in the league with 23 goals on the season.

Austin Carroll has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 games. Eric Freschi is also on a good stretch, where he has 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games. JT Henke has 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games.

The Grizzlies return home for a 6 game homestand on February 6th against the Idaho Steelheads for a 3 game series from Feb. 6-9.

Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler is February 15th and 16th against Kansas City. The second Maverik Monday of the season is on February 18th against K.C. With Maverik Monday, tickets are buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office when purchasing tickets.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2

Grizzlies lost 7-4 vs Idaho on January 21st. Utah won 5-1 at Kansas City on January 25th and Utah lost 4-3 at Kansas City on January 26th.  

Overall record: 24-13-3-1

Home record: 14-7-1

Road record: 10-6-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Tulsa on Jan. 29-30 and at Wichita Feb. 1-2)

Last 10 games: Utah is 5-5. 

Goals per game: 3.49 (6th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.88 (7th). 

Shots per game: 31.90 (13th). 

Shots against per game: 27.98 (3rd). 

Power play: 20.8 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 84.5 % (Tied 8th). 

Games This Week

January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – 6:00 pm Mountain time. ESPN 700.

January 30th – Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – 6:00 pm Mountain time. ESPN 700.

February 1st – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – 6:00 pm Mountain time. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM HD-2

February 2nd – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – 6:00 pm Mountain time. ESPN 700.

Individual notes:

Caleb Herbert has 4 goals in his last 3 games. Herbert has 23 goals, which is 2nd in the league. Herbert is 5th in the league with 45 points. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Cannata returned to the team after spending last weekend with the Colorado Eagles of the AHL.

Team notes: Grizzlies are 3rd in shots allowed per game (27.98). Utah has outscored opponents 73 to 53 at home this season and outscored opponents 70 to 65 on the road. 

Roster Moves last 7 days

Defenseman Kevin Davis returned to the Grizzlies lineup and played last Friday at Kansas City. He returned to Colorado and played for the AHL’s Eagles on Saturday night. Davis is now back in a Utah uniform for the Tulsa Series. Goaltender Joe Cannata spent last weekend with the Colorado Eagles and has returned to the Grizzlies roster for the Tulsa series. Forward Josh Dickinson went to the Eagles and missed last Monday’s 7-4 loss to Idaho on January 21st. Dickinson returned to the Grizzlies lineup and played in both games at Kansas City. Utah released forward Stan Dzahkov on January 24th. Dzahkov had 1 assist in 10 games for Utah.

Next Homestand Promotions

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for fans paying with their America First Credit Union Debit/Credit Card). Girl Scout Night.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Grizzbee’s Birthday, Date Night Special.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Z104 presents 104 weddings on Ice. AFCU Friday.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler.

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – President’s Day Matinee. Maverik Monday (Buy One Get One Free Tickets with Maverik Adventure Card).

 

Grizzlies Lose 4-3 to Kansas City

01/26/2019 10:27 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Lose 4-3 to Split Weekend Series

Independence, Missouri – The Utah Grizzlies fall 4-3 to the Kansas City Mavericks to split the 2 game weekend series on Saturday night.

Kansas City scored first as David Dziurzynski scored a power play goal with 7:31 left in the first period. The Grizzlies quickly responded as Taylor Richart scored a power play goal with 6:18 left in the period. It was Richart’s 6th goal of the season. It stayed a 1-1 game the rest of the first period as the Mavericks outshot Utah 12 to 8.

The Grizzlies scored first in the second period as Caleb Herbert scored his 23rd goal of the season. Herbert has scored 4 goals in his last 3 games and is a prime candidate for ECHL player of the week.

Kansas City scored exactly 2 minute into the second period as Mike McMurtry scored his first goal in a K.C uniform. Darian Dziurzynski scored his 14th goal of the season with 3:02 left in the second frame. JT Henke responded with a rebound goal with 1:11 left in the period. It was Henke’s 13th goal of the season. Henke ended the night with 1 goal and 1 assist for Utah.

The Mavericks scored the only goal in the third period as Darian Dziurzynski scored his second of the game and 15th of the season.

Eric Freschi had 2 assists for the Grizzlies in the loss. Freschi had 1 goal and 2 assists in the 2 game series against his former team, the Mavericks.

Mason McDonald got the win in goal for Kansas City. He stopped 24 of 27 shots. Kevin Carr stopped 20 of 24 for the Grizzlies, who won 5-1 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies head on the road for games on January 29th and 30th against the Tulsa Oilers. Face-off from the BOK Center will be at 6:00 pm mountain time both nights. Next home game for the Grizzlies is February 6th against the Idaho Steelheads. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com.

Grizzlies note: Defenseman Kevin Davis was recalled from the Grizzlies to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Davis appeared in the game Friday night for Utah and was in the Eagles lineup on Saturday night against Ontario.

3 stars of the game

1.       Darian Dziurzynski (K.C) – 2 goals, 1 assist.

2.       David Dziurzynski (K.C) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.       JT Henke (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Grizzlies Win 5-1 To Begin 6 Game Trip

01/25/2019 10:29 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 5-1 To Begin Road Trip

Independence, Missouri – The Utah Grizzlies get goals from 5 different skaters and Kevin Carr got the win in net for Utah, stopping 25 of 26 shots in the 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday night.

Utah took a 1-0 lead 2:25 into the game as Josh Dickinson scored his 3rd goal of the season with the assists going to Jack Walker and JT Henke. Halfway thru the period it was Dickinson who threw a great pass into the slot as Walker one timed it in the back of the net to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead.

The Grizzlies extended the lead to 3-0 early in the second period as Caleb Herbert scored his 22nd goal of the season. Utah made it a 4-0 game as Eric Freschi scored a power play goal with 57 seconds left in the second period. It was Freschi’s first goal in a Utah uniform. He scored 7 goals for Kansas City in the 2017-18 season.

Austin Carroll extended the lead to 5-0 with his 13th goal of the season 1:32 into the third period. The Mavericks lone goal of the game was scored by former Grizzlies forward CJ Eick with 7:30 left in the game.

The Grizzlies did not commit a penalty until Ryan Walters was caught with a high sticking minor with 4:21 left in the third period. It was the longest the Grizzlies have gone in a game without committing a penalty. Utah went 1 for 3 on the power play.

Both teams had 26 shots on goal. Kevin Carr stopped all but 1 of the Mavericks shots. Carr’s record goes to 13-4-1 on the year. Ben Halford got the loss for Kansas City, stopping 21 of 26 shots.

The second game of the quick 2 game series is Saturday night at 6:05 pm mountain time. The Grizzlies are 7-4 in their last 11 games. Despite the Friday night loss, Kansas City is still 14-4-1 at home this season. The game can be heard on cc1370.com, Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM HD-2.

3 stars of the game

1.      1.  Kevin Carr (Utah) – 25 of 26 saves.

2.      2.  Josh Dickinson (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.      3.  Jack Walker (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Davis & Dickinson Returns to Roster for 6 Game Trip

01/25/2019 7:40 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begin Road Trip Tonight in Kansas City

Independence, Missouri – The Utah Grizzlies begin a 6 game road trip against the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday night at 6:00 pm mountain time.

Defenseman Kevin Davis and Forward Josh Dickinson returns to the Grizzlies roster after being assigned from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Davis has 1 goal and 15 assists in 19 games in a Utah uniform. Davis was instrumental to the Grizzlies having the number 1 power play unit in the league for the first month and a half of the season. Davis has 7 power play assists. He played in 15 games for the Eagles, where he had 1 goal and 7 assists.

Dickinson has 2 goals and 6 assists in 10 games for the Grizzlies, including 2 assists last Friday night vs Tulsa. He has 1 goal and 3 assists in 15 games for the Eagles this season.

The Grizzlies have 1 previous meeting with Kansas City this season, where the Mavericks won 5-4 in overtime as the Grizzlies got goals from Caleb Herbert, Austin Carroll, Taylor Richart and Jake Marchment. All 4 of those players are on the current roster.

Caleb Herbert is coming off an impressive 3 games played on the recently played 4 game homestand for Utah. Herbert has 2 goals and 3 assists in 3 games last homestand. That includes 2 goals on January 21st in the 7-4 loss to Idaho. Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league with 21 goals on the season and is also tied for 5th in the league with 43 points, despite only playing 29 games for Utah.

Goaltender Joe Cannata was called-up to the Colorado Eagles. Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts on the year. Defenseman Stan Dzahkov was released on Thursday. Dzahkov has 1 assist in 10 games for the Grizzlies this season.

Utah comes into play tonight with the 2nd best winning percentage in the Mountain Division at .641, trailing only the Idaho Steelheads .671%. Their opponent tonight, the Kansas City Mavericks, have the 4th best winning percentage in the division at .539 %. The Mavericks are particularly good at home as they are 14-3-1 in their barn.

Face-off is at 6:00 pm from the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. The game can be heard on Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM HD-2 or cc1370.com.

Grizzlies return to Maverik Center on February 6th against the Idaho Steelheads. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center box office or any Smith’s Tix locations. Wednesday the 6th is a Wendy's Wednesday, where you go to any participating Wendy's location and pick up a $10 ticket coupon.  

MLK Matinee vs Idaho Concludes Homestand

01/21/2019 10:05 AM - Tyson Whiting

 10,529 Attended Guns N Hoses Night

West Valley City, Utah – Guns  N Hoses night on Saturday, January 19th was a success at 10,529 fans attended the Utah Grizzlies 4-1 win over the Tulsa Oilers.

The Grizzlies wore specialty jersey’s for Guns N Hoses night, which had the names of fallen police officers and firefighters. Those jersey’s were auctioned off after the game, where over 16 thousand dollars were raised in the auction. An anonymous donor purchased the jersey’s that had particular sentimental value to the Romrell family, Burchett family and the Johnson family. That donor is giving those jersey’s to those families.

The Grizzlies would like to give a special recognition to Home Sweet Home for the specialty jersey’s that were worn for Guns N Hoses night.

Utah concludes a 4 game homestand on Monday with the annual MLK matinee 1 pm face-off vs the Idaho Steelheads. It’s the first Maverik Monday of the season, where it’s buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

It’s the 9th season meeting between the division rival Steelheads. The teams have split 4 different 2 game series so far this season. Caleb Herbert has 6 goals and 5 assists in 8 games vs Idaho this season. JT Henke has 5 goals in 3 games vs Idaho this season. Austin Carroll has 4 assists vs Idaho and Taylor Richart has 1 goal and 4 assists vs the Steelheads.

Utah is in a close battle in the Mountain Division as they are in 3rd place with 50 standings points, trailing the Oilers, who have 53 points and the Idaho Steelheads, who have 52 points. Utah has the 2nd best winning percentage in the division at .658.

Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center box office.

While the government shutdown continues, the Grizzlies are offering free admission to Grizzlies games! This offer is valid for up to 5 tickets per person when you present a government ID at the box office.

Games This year vs Idaho

Utah 3 @ Idaho 7 (Dec 22 2018) Final

Utah 5 @ Idaho 1 (Dec 21 2018) Final

Utah 5 @ Idaho 1 (Dec 8 2018) Final

Utah 2 @ Idaho 4 (Dec 7 2018) Final

Idaho 3 @ Utah 2 (Oct 27 2018) Final OT

Idaho 2 @ Utah 3 (Oct 26 2018) Final

Utah 2 @ Idaho 1 (Oct 20 2018) Final

Utah 5 @ Idaho 6 (Oct 19 2018) Final OT

Promotions Next Homestand

February 6th vs Idaho Steelheads – Wendy’s Wednesday: $10 ticket coupon from any participating Wendy’s location.

February 8th vs Idaho Steelheads – AFCU Friday: Tickets start at $8 for AFCU members paying with America First Credit Union debit/credit card at the box office. Girl Scout Night.

February 9th vs Idaho Steelheads – Grizzbee’s Birthday, Date Night Special.

February 15th-16th vs Kansas City Mavericks – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Friday the 15th is also 104 Weddings on Ice presented by Z104.

Games This Week

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV.

January 25th at Kansas City Mavericks – 6:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM HD-2.

January 26th at Kansas City Mavericks – 6:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM HD-2.

 

Last Week Recap

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 4-1 loss. Austin Carroll 11th goal. Kevin Carr was 23 of 26 saves. Utah only 14 shots on goal, outshot 27-14.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7-3 loss. Tim McGauley, Jake Marchment and Turner Ottenbreit each scored. Tulsa 4-9 on the power play. Grizzlies outshot Oilers 39-27. Josh Dickinson and Caleb Herbert each had 2 assists.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 4-1 win. Attendance was 10,529 on Guns N Hoses night. Joe Cannata 32 of 33 saves. Jake Marchment had 2 goals. Jack Walker and Mike Economos also scored for Utah. Gage Ausmus and Nolan De Jong each were a +3.

Jake Marchment has been good for the Grizzlies as of late. He has 3 goals in his last 2 games, including a 2 goal performance last Saturday vs Tulsa. Marchment has 11 goals and 10 assists in 30 games this season.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-2 vs Tulsa.

Grizzlies lost 4-1 on January 16th vs Tulsa. Grizzlies lost 7-3 on January 18th vs Tulsa. Grizzlies won 4-1 vs Tulsa on January 19th. 

Overall record: 23-11-3-1

Home record: 14-6-1

Road record: 9-5-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Idaho on January 21st and at Kansas City on January 25th and 26th.) 

Last 10 games: Utah is 6-4. 

Roster Moves Last 7 Days: Grizzlies claimed forward Eric Freschi off waivers from the Wichita Thunder. Freschi had 1 assist in 3 games last week vs Tulsa. Forward Josh Dickinson played in all 3 games for Utah last week after coming over from the Colorado Eagles. Dickinson was sent back to Colorado on January 20th. Travis Barron went from the Grizzlies to the Eagles on January 14th.

League Leaders

Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Caleb Herbert is tied for 4th in the league with 19 goals on the season. Herbert is tied for 8th with 41 points.  

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-1 Guns N Hoses Win

01/19/2019 11:26 PM - Adam Turner

 

The Tulsa Oilers have been anything but gracious visitors to the Maverik Center. Delivering two fierce punches in games one and two, the red-hot Oilers looked to deliver the third and final knockout blow Saturday night against the Utah Grizzlies. The Oilers were throwing punches but the home team was still standing. Then, it happened: Jake Marchment gathered a puck with nothing between him and Tulsa goalie Evan Fitzpatrick but open ice. Deking to one side, Marchment wound and fired a top shelf laser that ignited the crowd and most importantly, the Grizzlies. The resiliency of Utah paid off and then some. Utah did more than salvage dignity, they skated to an impressive 4-1 victory.

“We capitalized on our chances,” head coach Tim Branham said. “I thought we played similar to yesterday and when you play consistent you deserve a better fate. It was a great response and the crowd was unreal. It feels good to get a win.”

Following an uncharacteristic night on Friday in which he was pulled in the first period after surrendering three goals on eight shots, Utah’s Joe Cannata rebounded in spectacular fashion. Demonstrating yet again that he’s one of the top goaltenders in the league, Cannata didn’t allow a goal in the first 31 shots he faced.

“Tonight Joe was outstanding and the professionals respond to adversity,” Branham said. “He takes a lot of pride in winning for this team. He’s won a championship and knows what it takes to win.”

Marchment would follow up on his first period goal with an empty netter as the forward registered his third goal in two games. When Mike Economos blistered the net to put a 3-0 stranglehold on this contest, Utah was well on their way to an all important two points in the standings.

“From day one he has been a fabulous addition and belongs in this league,” Branham said about Economus. “That was a big goal from him. He’s got a great attitude and protects his teammates. He deserves his success.”

At the end of the day, Utah didn’t leave their fate to the hockey gods, they created it themselves by treating the largest crowd of the year to spectacular hockey.

“You have to play with consistency for the hockey gods to reward you,” Branham said. “When you play consistent you deserve a better fate and with this crowd, it provided extra motivation for the boys and it was a team effort.”


10,529 Fans See Grizzlies 4-1 Win

01/19/2019 11:23 PM - Tyson Whiting

 10,529 Fans Attend Grizzlies 4-1 Win

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies win 4-1 as Joe Cannata stops 32 of 33 shots and Jake Marchment scored 2 goals in front of a crowd of 10,529 fans on Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center.

The Grizzlies were wearing specialty jersey’s with names of fallen officers and firefighters on the jersey’s. The jersey’s were auctioned off after the game. It was nice to see an anonymous donor purchased the jersey’s that had sentimental value for the Romrell family, Burchett family and the Johnson family.

Both teams goaltenders and defensive units dominated the first period as Tulsa’s Evan Fitzpatrick and Utah’s Joe Cannata each made some key saves to keep the game scoreless. Tulsa outshot Utah 15 to 11 in the first period.

The Grizzlies got on the board as Jake Marchment scores his 10th of the season on an unassisted breakaway 6:34 into the second period. Less than 2 minutes later Jack Walker scores to make it a 2-0 game. Both teams took 9 shots on goal in the second period.

Mike Economos added to the Grizzlies lead as he scored 10:23 into the third period with Gage Ausmus and Nolan De Jong getting the assists. Tulsa’s only goal of the game was scored by Charlie Sampair on the power play. Tulsa had 6 power play goals in the 3 game series, where the Oilers won the first 2 games of the series at Maverik Center.

Jake Marchment ended the scoring with an empty net goal with 41 seconds left. It was Marchment’s 2nd of the game.

The annual Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center attracted 10,529 fans at Maverik Center as it was the third straight year that the Tulsa Oilers were the opponent on Guns N Hoses night. It was the largest crowd of the season at Maverik Center.

The Grizzlies 4 game homestand ends on Monday, January 21st at Maverik Center at 1:00 pm against the Idaho Steelheads. It’s the first of three Maverik Monday’s of the season, where it’s buy one get one free tickets when showing your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

Grizzlies notes: Defenseman Gage Ausmus and Nolan De Jong were each a plus 3 on the night. Tim McGauley missed the game after serving a 1 game suspension. Josh Anderson returned to the lineup after missing 2 games. Tulsa went 1 for 8 on the power play, while the Grizzlies went 0 for 5 on the power play. Time of game: 2:38.

3 Stars of the Game

1.      1. Joe Cannata (Utah) – 32 of 33 saves.

2.      2. Jake Marchment (Utah) – 2 goals.

3.     3.  Mike Economos (Utah) – 1 goal. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 7-3 Friday Loss

01/18/2019 11:15 PM - Adam Turner

 

Out of the 27 teams that comprise the ECHL, the one that nobody wants to face currently is the Tulsa Oilers. In possession of a 9-1 record in its last 10 games, to say that the Oilers are riding a hot streak would be an understatement. Unfortunately for the Utah Grizzlies, Tulsa has brought their act to the Maverik Center.  Although the Grizzlies exerted better effort than was on display Wednesday, the hockey gods didn’t smile favorably upon the home team, bowing down to Tulsa yet again, 7-3.

“I want to give them credit, they’re a good hockey club,” head coach Tim Branham said. “They work hard and play as a team.”

Utah outplayed Tulsa in the first period, outshooting the Oilers 13-8, possessing the puck for the majority of the session, yet by the time 20 minutes had concluded, the scoreboard read: Tulsa 3, Utah 0. A pair of costly penalties in the latter half of the period proved costly as Sam Wilbur and Ian McNulty pounced on Utah’s miscues . McNulty would strike again moments later, burying a chance and thus ending Grizzlie goalie Joe Cannata’s evening prematurely.

“We took it to them in the first, we outplayed them, outshot them and outchanced them,” Branham said. “They get a power play and a couple bad bounces didn’t go our way and it ended up in the back of the net. But I was really proud of the way we played tonight.”

Kevin Carr took over but unfortunately didn’t fare much better, surrendering two goals in the second period and two more in the third. This time Eric Drapluk and Scott Henegar got in on the fun and by the time Adam Pleskach rifled a shot that blazed the back of the net in the third, the score was 6-0 and a night that initially seemed promising was turning into a nightmare. Jared Thomas padded Tulsa’s offensive flurry with the team’s seventh goal.

One thing to be said about this Grizzlies team, though, is that they never quit. Tim McGauley, Jake Marchment and Turner Ottenbreit would salvage some dignity, getting Utah on the board with a trio of third period goals as Utah continued to fight. And McGauley, perhaps taking out some frustration felt by the entire team, exited the contest following a crowd pleasing, penalty inducing brawl.

“I think that was one of our best games that we lost this year so to speak,” Marchment said. “We worked hard and it could have been a lot closer and if we bring that effort tomorrow and bear down a little bit more we’ll be successful.”

“I was really proud of the way we played tonight,” Branham said. “We’ve got to put these last two games behind us and come out and we’ll take it shift by shift and period by period. I like our odds. It’s a great group of guys and we’re still a good team.”


Grizzlies lost 7-3 to Tulsa

01/18/2019 11:14 PM - Tyson Whiting

Tulsa Defeats Utah 7-3

West Valley City, Utah – The Tulsa Oilers defeated the Utah Grizzlies 7-3 at Maverik Center on Friday night as the Oilers have won the first 2 games of the 3 game series.

The Oilers were 4 for 9 on the power play tonight as they scored 2 goals on the man advantage in the first period to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead. Ian McNulty had 2 goals and 1 assist as he was the number 1 star of the game or the Oilers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Tulsa took a 5-0 lead through 2 periods of play. Eric Drapluk and Sam Wilbur each had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adam Pleskach and Jared Thomas each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Oilers, who lead the Mountain division with 52 standings points.

The Grizzlies scored third period goals from Tim McGauley, Jake Marchment and Turner Ottenbreit. Utah went 2 for 8 on the power play.

The 3rd game of the 3 game series is Saturday night on Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center. Charity games begin at 12:30 pm and go on all day leading up to the Grizzlies game at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com while supplies last.

3 stars of the game

1.      Ian McNulty (Tulsa) – 2 goals, 1 assist.

2.      Eric Drapluk (Tulsa) – 1 goal, 2 assists.

3.      Sam Wilbur (Tulsa) – 1 goal, 2 assists. 

Caleb Herbert Returns to Utah

01/18/2019 11:08 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Caleb Herbert Returns to Utah

West Valley City, Utah – Forward Caleb Herbert has been assigned to the Utah Grizzlies after a 7 game stint with the Colorado Eagles.

Herbert has 19 goals and 19 assists on the season in 26 games. The 19 goals and 38 points lead the team in both categories.

Herbert, along with Cole Ully were named ECHL Co-Players of the Month for November, where Herbert had 10 goals and 11 assists in 12 games and was a plus-6 for Utah.

4 times this season Herbert has scored 2 goals in a game for the Grizzlies, who have the best winning percentage in the division at .667.

Come watch Caleb Herbert and the Utah Grizzlies on January 18th and 19th against the Tulsa Oilers. 7:05 pm face-offs both nights. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center box office.

Upcoming Promotions

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm. Grizzlies are honoring all Police Officers and Fire Fighters.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee (1:05 pm start) Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-1 Loss to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:58 PM - Adam Turner

 

On Wednesday night at the Maverik Center after one period of play, the visiting Tulsa Oilers had as many goals (2) as the Utah Grizzlies had shots on net. Needless to say, that isn’t a recipe for success for the home team. On a night in which Utah only laced up 14 skaters, the Oilers took advantage of Utah’s depleted roster, punishing their way to a 4-1 victory.

“We didn’t come ready to play and they outworked us which was disappointing,” head coach Tim Branham said. “Guys didn’t step up. We’ve got to make sure we don’t put ourselves behind the eight ball right away two games in a row against good teams.”

Tulsa brought with them an impressive record of 21-12-4-2 and looked every bit as good as advertised, possessing the puck for the majority of the game against a baffled Utah team. Although the Grizzlies refused to go quietly into the night, fighting hard for the remaining two periods, Tulsa’s punishing style proved too difficult to overcome.

A pair of goals less than two minutes apart seemed to deject the home team as two of Tulsa’s first five shots on net were productive. Forwards Scott Henagar and Charlie Sampair fired successful efforts past the outstretched glove of Kevin Carr. On the other hand, Tulsa’s goalie, Evan Fitzpatrick,  wasn’t much more than a spectator as nearly the entire period was spent in Utah’s defensive zone.

Surprisingly enough, for all of Tulsa’s statistical prowess, they rank dead last in the league on the power play. However, that didn’t stop them from putting a stranglehold on the game in the second period when Jared Thomas launched a shot from the strong side that blistered the back of the net.

By the time Austin Carroll got the home team on the board in the third period, it was too little too late. Alex Kromm buried a chance in the waning moments and that was all she wrote.

“There’s nothing that we can adjust other than being ready to play,” Branham said. We’ll find out if the Grizzlies will answer the bell Friday and Saturday against a tough opponent.


Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:57 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

West Valley City, Utah – The Tulsa Oilers got goals from 4 different players and outshot the Utah Grizzlies 27 to 14 on their way to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night at Maverik Center.

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead early in the game as Scott Henegar and Charlie Sampair each scored first period. Tulsa outshot Utah 13 to 2 in the first period of play.

The Oilers extended the lead to 3-0 as Jared Thomas scored his 10th of the year on a power play goal. Tulsa went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Grizzlies went 0 for 3 on the man advantage.

Utah got on the board as Austin Carroll scored his 11th goal on an unassisted breakaway goal 3 minutes into the third period. Tulsa added an empty net goal by Alex Kromm with 1:57 left in regulation. The Grizzlies were outshot 8 to 3 in the 3rd period.

Oilers goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick gets the win, stopping 13 of 14 shots. Kevin Carr stopped 23 of 26 for the Grizzlies. It was a rare loss for Carr, who has a record of 12-3-1 on the year.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. The game can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2. The game is also featured as the ECHL.TV showcase game on Facebook Live. 

Grizzlies Homestand Begins Tonight vs Tulsa

01/16/2019 4:14 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begin Homestand Tonight vs Tulsa

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies begin the 4 game homestand tonight against the Tulsa Oilers at Maverik Center, 7:05 MT face-off.

It’s the first meeting this season between the division opponents. Both teams are tied for 2nd place in the Mountain Division with 48 standings points, 1 behind the first place Idaho Steelheads.

JT Henke and Tim McGauley lead Grizzlies skaters currently on the roster with 12 goals. Both players had 2 goals last week in the 3 game Central division road trip, where the Grizzlies went 2-1. Caleb Herbert leads the team with 19 goals and is currently with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Matt Berry has 13 goals for Utah and is currently with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

Taylor Richart had a goal in the Grizzlies most recent game, a 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne last Saturday night. Richart leads the team with a +14 on the year and lead Utah blueliners with 5 goals on the year. Richart has added 8 assists for the Grizzlies, who currently have a record of 22-9-3-1.

Grizzlies claimed forward Eric Freschi off waivers from the Wichita Thunder. He spent 6 games with Wichita and 3 with Atlanta this season. Freschi had 7 goals and 17 assists in 50 games last season for the Kansas City Mavericks.

Josh Dickinson will be playing his first game for Utah since December 8th when he had 2 assists for the Grizzlies in a 5-1 victory over Idaho. Dickinson has spent the past month with the Colorado Eagles, where he had 1 goal and 3 assists in 13 games. With the Grizzlies this season, Dickinson has 2 goals and 4 assists.

Both teams have been playing great hockey lately as Utah is 7-3 in their last 10 games and Tulsa is 8-2 in their last 10. The Oilers swept the Rapid City Rush in a 3 game series last week, outscoring the Rush 15-4.

Tickets are available now at the Maverik Center box office, utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call (801) 988-8000 for tickets. It’s the first game of a three game series. Grizzlies also face Tulsa on Friday and Saturday, with Saturday night being Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center. Tonight’s game will be on ESPN 700, 6:45 pm pregame show, 7:05 pm face-off at Maverik Center.

Promotions This Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

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

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.  

Games This Week

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2. ECHL.TV Showcase Game on Facebook Live.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV. 

Grizzlies 4 Game Homestand Starts Wednesday

01/14/2019 10:49 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begins 4 Game Homestand Wednesday

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are back at Maverik Center for a 4 game homestand after going 2-1 on a central division road trip last week.

It’s the first time the Grizzlies will take on the division rival Tulsa Oilers. Both teams are tied for 2nd in the league with 48 standings points.

Guns N Hoses Night is on Saturday, January 19th. Guns N Hoses charity games start at 12:30 pm and last all day leading up to the Grizzlies game vs Tulsa at 7 pm. Last year’s Guns N Hoses game had a sellout crowd of 10,649 as the Grizzlies lost 3-2 to Tulsa.

The annual Martin Luther King Matinee game is on January 21st against the division rival Idaho Steelheads. It’s the first Maverik Monday of the season as it’s buy one get one free tickets with Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

The Grizzlies have the 2nd best winning percentage in the Western Conference and the best in the Mountain Division. Utah has a .686 winning percentage, trailing only the Cincinnati Cyclones, who has a .730 win %.

Utah has been one of the best teams at home this season. The Grizzlies have outscored opponents 61 to 34 at Maverik Center this season along with a record of 13-4-1.

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

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

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Games This Week

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2. ECHL.TV Showcase Game on Facebook Live.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV.

Road Trip Recap

January 9th Utah 4 Cincinnati 3 (shootout) - Joe Cannata stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout. Tim McGauley tied up the game 3-3 with 4:55 left in the third period and also scored first for Utah in the shootout. Jack Walker got the deciding goal in the shootout, as he was named number 1 star for the 2nd straight game. JT Henke and Ryan Walters each had first period goals for Utah.

January 11th Utah 3 Wheeling 0 - Utah goaltenders got their league leading 6th shutout of the season as Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 30 shots, and JT Henke and Travis Barron each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Utah.

January 12th Utah 4 Fort Wayne 6 – Grizzlies got goals from Taylor Richart, Tim McGauley, Ryan Walters and Mike Economos.

Last week was a good trip for JT Henke and Ryan Walters, who each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Tim McGauley had 2 goals and 1 assist last week, and also had a shootout goal on Wednesday night. Henke and McGauley each have 12 goals on the season, which is tied for 3rd on the club and tied for most among players currently on the roster (Caleb Herbert has 19 goals, currently with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles and Matt Berry has 13 goals, currently with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls).

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 2-1 on a central division road trip 

Grizzlies won 4-3 in a shootout at Cincinnati on January 9th. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling on January 11th. Grizzlies lost 6-4 at Fort Wayne on January 12th. 

Overall record: 22-9-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1

Road record: 9-5-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Tulsa January 16th, 18th and 19th.  

Last 10 games: 7-3. Have won 5 of their last 6 games. 

Goals per game: 3.51 (Tied for 5th in the league).

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

Shots per game: 32.51 (7th).

Shots allowed per game: 28.14 (3rd).

Special Teams: Grizzlies are tied for first in the league on the penalty kill at 86.2 percent.  Utah went 13 of 14 on the penalty kill last weekend. The Grizzlies scored a power play goal in all 3 games of the road trip, going 3 for 14 on the trip. Utah is 6th on the power play at 20.1 percent.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days: On January 7th forward Ryan Misiak was traded to the Idaho Steelheads to complete a future considerations deal that originally was made with Florida for the rights to forward Matt Berry, who scored 13 goals and 9 assists in 20 games this season before going to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Berry has 3 goals and 10 assists in 14 games for the Gulls.

League Leaders

JT Henke is tied for 4th with a 27.3 shot percentage. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league in goals despite not playing in the ECHL since December 23rd. He’s currently with the Colorado Eagles.

 

 

 

Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

01/12/2019 9:48 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The Fort Wayne Komets got off to a 5-0 lead 11:49 into the 2nd period and held on to win 6-4 over the Utah Grizzlies to end the Utah 5 game winning streak on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Wayne scored 22 seconds into the game as Marco Roy scored his 6th of the season. The Komets extended the lead to 4-0 late in the first period on goals by J.C. Campagna, Jake Kamrass and Brady Shaw.

The Komets extended the lead to 5-0 as Jamie Schaafsma scored a shorthanded goal. Fort Wayne extended their winning streak to 5 games.

Utah clawed their way back late in the 2nd period on goals by Taylor Richart and Tim McGauley. Midway through the 3rd period, Utah made it a 5-3 game on Ryan Walters 7th of the year on a great pass from J.T. Henke, who got his 8th assist of the year.

The Komets put the game away when Anthony Petruzzelli scored an empty net goal with 2:28 left in regulation.

Mike Economos scored with 38 seconds left in the game to make it a 6-4 game.

The Grizzlies head home for a 4 game homestand starting on Wednesday, January 16th against the Tulsa Oilers. It will be the first season series between the 2 teams. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center Box Office.

Grizzlies Notes: Joe Cannata stopped 24 of 29 shots in the loss for Utah. He was going up against former Colorado Eagles teammate Lukas Hafner, who stopped 29 of 33 shots for the Komets. Utah finished 1 for 7 on the power play, while Fort Wayne went 1 for 6. Utah scored 4 goals in the game but did not have a single player with a multiple point game. Stan Dzakhov had an assist on the Richart goal, which was Stan’s first point in a Grizzlies uniform. 

Carr Gets Shutout in 3-0 Utah Win

01/12/2019 2:19 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Carr Gets Shutout in 3-0 Utah Win

Wheeling, West Virginia – Kevin Carr stopped all 30 shots he faced and JT Henke and Travis Barron each had 1 goal and 1 assist as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Wheeling Nailers 3-0 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies scored 1 goal in each of the 3 periods. JT Henke scored his 12th of the season on a quick slap shot in the slot with the assists going to Tim McGauley and Travis Barron. Henke is 3rd on the team in goals scored and first among players currently on the roster (Caleb Herbert has 19 goals, Matt Berry has 13 goals) as both players are in the AHL.

Travis Barron delivered a 2nd period power play goal for Utah 9:30 into the frame. Ryan Walters and JT Henke got the assists. For Walters, he has 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 4 games.

The Grizzlies went 1 for 4 on the power play. A big key in the Grizzlies win was they were a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill against the number 4 power play unit in the league.  

Jake Marchment added an empty net goal for Utah with 41 seconds left to complete the victory.

The night belonged to Kevin Carr, who’s record is now 12-2-1 on the year. Carr picked up his 2nd shutout on the season. It’s the 6th shutout by the Grizzlies this season, which leads the league. Grizzlies goaltender Joe Cannata currently leads the league with 4 shutouts.

The Mountain Division’s first place Utah Grizzlies have 48 standings points, 1 point ahead of the Idaho Steelheads. Game 3 of the road trip is Saturday night against the Fort Wayne Komets. Face-off is at 5:30 pm mountain time. You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2.

3 stars of the game

1.       Kevin Carr (Utah) - 30 for 30 on saves in the shutout.

2.       JT Henke (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.       Travis Barron (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Grizzlies in Wheeling Tonight

01/11/2019 1:07 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Continue Road Trip in Wheeling

Wheeling, West Virginia – The Utah Grizzlies continue the road trip as they take on the Wheeling Nailers at 5:05 pm mountain time, 7:05 pm local start.

It will be the one and only time the Grizzlies will face the Nailers in the regular season. It’s a rare eastern road trip for the Grizzlies, who only play 10 games against teams not in the Mountain division. Utah currently has a record of 3-2 vs non-division opponents.

The Grizzlies are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Cincinnati Cyclones as Jack Walker got the game winner in the shootout.

Ryan Walters has been outstanding for the Grizzlies as of late as he has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 3 games.

Utah is on a 4 game winning streak, which is the best current streak in the league. You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2/ ECHL.TV.

Mountain Division Standings

1.       Utah Grizzlies – 21-8-3-1 (46 points)

2.       Idaho Steelheads – 21-11-1-2 (45 points)

3.       Tulsa Oilers – 19-12-4-2 (44 points)

4.       Kansas City Mavericks – 18-14-1-1 (38 points)

5.       Wichita Thunder – 15-14-5-3 (38 points)

6.       Rapid City Rush – 15-18-2-3 (35 points)

7.       Allen Americans – 9-27-0-2 (20 points)

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 in a home sweep vs Wichita.  

Grizzlies won 5-3 on January 2nd vs Wichita. 3-1 win on January 4th vs Wichita. 4-3 OT win on January 5th.

Overall record: 21-8-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1 (Utah has outscored opponents 61 to 34 at home this season).

Road record: 8-4-2-1 (55 to 54 goals advantage for Utah in road games).

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Cincinnati on Jan. 9 (4-3 shootout win), at Wheeling Jan 11 and at Fort Wayne Jan 12.  

Last 10 games: 7-3. 4 game winning streak.

Goals per game: 3.52 (6th best in the league)

Goals allowed per game: 2.67 (4th best in the league)

Shots on Goal per game: 32.79 (7th best in the league)

Shots Allowed per game: 28.00 (tied 3rd  best in the league)

Special Teams: Power play: 20.3 % (5th best in the league) Penalty Kill: 85.9 percent (3rd best in the league).

Goals by Period: First period Utah has outscored opponents 40 to 25. In the second period Utah has outscored opponents 42 to 29. In the third period it’s even 30 to 30. The Grizzlies have scored first in 20 of 33 games this season. Overall, Utah has outscored the opposition 116-88.  

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

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

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

 

Grizzlies Win 4-3 Shootout in Cincinnati

01/09/2019 11:01 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 4-3 in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Utah Grizzlies win 4-3 in a shootout over the Cincinnati Cyclones in a match-up of first place teams at US Bank Arena on Wednesday night in the Queen City.

Mike Marnell scored his 8th goal of the season to give Cincinnati an early 1-0 lead 4:36 into the first period. The Grizzlies scored the next 2 goals as JT Henke scored his 11th goal of the year on a one timer for a power play goal. Ryan Walters gave Utah a 2-1 lead on a 2 on 1 with 2:59 left in the first period.

Cincinnati scored twice in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 lead. Tobie Bisson tied it up 2:40 into the 2nd period and with 1.1 seconds left in the period the Cyclones scored on a goal in front of the net as Arvin Atwal scored his 6th goal of the season.

The Cyclones came into play tonight having outscored opponents in the third period of games, while the Grizzlies have been outscored 30 to 29. Tonight it was the Grizzlies who scored the lone goal in the period as Tim McGauley scored his 11th of the season with 4:55 left in the third. It stayed a 3-3 game through regulation.

Both goaltenders were outstanding in the overtime as Joe Cannata stopped 5 Cincinnati shots and Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser stopped all 3 Utah shots. Houser stopped 32 of 35 Grizzlies shots on the night. Houser came into play tonight with a .937 save percentage, which is tied for the league best.

In the shootout, McGauley shot first for the Grizzlies. He found the back of the net to give Utah a 1-0 lead. Cannata stopped Vasili Glotov’s shot. Than Ryan Walters was denied by Houser. Cincinnati scored with Mike Marnell to tie it 1-1. Jack Walker scored for Utah, leaving it all up to the 1 on 1 match-up of Joe Cannata vs Myles Powell. Cannata denied Powell to win it for Utah.

Grizzlies continue the road trip against the Wheeling Nailers. Utah stayed in first place with the win. They go to 46 standings points on the year. Next home game for the Grizzlies is on January 16th against the Tulsa Oilers.

3 stars of the game

1.      1.  Jack Walker (Utah) – Game winner in the shootout.

2.      2.  Mike Marnell (Cincinnati) – 1 goal, 1 assist. Additional goal in the shootout.

3.      3.  Ryan Walters (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 6 shots on goal.

Honorable mention for 3 stars is Tim McGauley, who had the big goal in the third period as well as a goal in the shootout. Utah went 1 for 3 on the power play, while Cincinnati went 0 for 4 on the man advantage. 

Game Preview: Grizzlies at Cyclones

01/09/2019 11:34 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begin Road Trip Tonight in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Utah Grizzlies are in the Queen City as they take on the Cincinnati Cyclones in a battle of first place teams on Wednesday night at US Bank Arena.

The Grizzlies are tied for first place in the Mountain Division with the Tulsa Oilers as both teams have 44 standings points on the year. The Cyclones are in first place in the Central Division with 50 standings points and a record of 14-1-2-1 at home this season.

Austin Carroll has been outstanding for the Grizzlies since coming back to Utah after a 4 week stint in the AHL. Carroll has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

Jack Walker has a 3 game goal scoring streak, including a thrilling game winning goal in overtime to complete a 3 game sweep of the Wichita Thunder last Saturday night. Tim McGauley has been good lately as he has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

It’s a meeting between 2 really good defensive teams. Cincinnati leads the league by allowing only 81 goals on the season. The Grizzlies are 2nd by allowing only 85 goals. Both teams have outstanding goaltenders. Cyclones goalie Michael Houser is tied for the league lead with a .937 save percentage. Utah goaltender Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr won 3 games for the Grizzlies last week vs Wichita. Carr currently has a record of 11-2-1 on the year.

Wednesday night begins a 3 game, 3 city, 4 day road trip to the eastern time zone. On Friday night the Grizzlies are at the Wheeling Nailers and Saturday they are in Fort Wayne to play the Komets.

Tonight’s broadcast can be heard on ESPN 700/ECHL.TV. 5:35 pm face-off mountain time, 7:35 pm local start in Cincinnati.

Grizzlies notes: Forward Ryan Misiak was traded to the Idaho Steelheads on Monday to complete a future considerations deal that was originally with the Florida Everblades in a deal that brought forward Matt Berry to Utah. Misiak had 18 goals and 43 assists in 135 games in a Grizzlies uniform in 3 seasons and 2 different stints with the club. The Cyclones are tied for the league lead with a 86.3 percent penalty kill. Cincinnati features 3 former Grizzlies players on their current roster. Defenseman Mitch Jones and forward Nate Mitton each played for Utah in the 2017-18 season. Forward Eric Knodel played in 56 games for the Grizzlies in the 2015-16 season. Watch out for the 3rd period in tonight’s game. Cincinnati has outscored opponents 42-18 in the 3rd periods, while the Grizzlies have been outscored 30-29 in the final frame of regulation. Cincinnati is tied for the league lead by averaging 3.79 goals per game and they also lead the league by allowing only 2.38 goals per game. It’s going to be a good test for the Grizzlies in the only regular season meeting between the 2 teams. 

Grizzlies Begin 3 Game East Trip Wednesday

01/07/2019 10:17 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Head For Eastern Road Trip This Week

 

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are on the road this week for a 3 game trip to the eastern time zone for games against Cincinnati, Wheeling and Fort Wayne.

 

The Grizzlies won an exciting 4-3 overtime game on January 5th to complete a 3 game sweep of the Wichita Thunder. Jack Walker scored the game winning goal 1:36 into the extra session. Walker scored a goal in each of the 3 games last week. Utah has won all 6 games vs Wichita this season and improve their home record to 13-4-1.

 

Utah is in first place in the Mountain division with 44 standings points, 1 point ahead of Idaho.


Tickets are available for the next Grizzlies homestand on January 16th, 18th and 19th vs Tulsa and January 21st vs Idaho. Go to utahgrizzlies.com, calling the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000 or any Smith's Tix locations. 

 

Games This Week

January 9th Utah Grizzlies at Cincinnati Cyclones – 5:30 pm mountain time. ESPN 700.

January 11th Utah Grizzlies at Wheeling Nailers – 5:00 pm mountain time. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2.

January 12th Utah Grizzlies at Fort Wayne Komets – 5:30 pm mountain time. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2.

 

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 in a home sweep vs Wichita.  

Grizzlies won 5-3 on January 2nd vs Wichita. 3-1 win on January 4th vs Wichita. 4-3 OT win on January 5th.

Overall record: 20-8-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1

Road record: 7-4-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is at Cincinnati on Jan. 9, at Wheeling Jan 11 and at Fort Wayne Jan 12.  

Last 10 games: 6-4. 3 game winning streak.

Goals per game: 3.50 (6th best in the league)

Goals allowed per game: 2.66 (4th best in the league)

 

Forward JT Henke was named ECHL Rookie of the Month for December. Henke had 10 goals and 2 assists for the month, including 4 straight 2 goal games.

 

Forwards Jack Walker and Austin Carroll each had 3 goals and 2 assists in the 3 game sweep against Wichita. Carroll had 2 goals in the third period on Saturday night’s 4-3 OT win, including the game tying goal with 1:58 left in regulation.

 

Ryan Walters has 2 assists in each of his last 2 games. Walters has 5 goals and 15 assists and has appeared in all 32 games this season.

 

The Grizzlies have had solid goalie play this season. Goaltender Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Goaltender Kevin Carr has a record of 11-2-1-1 on the year. Carr won all 3 games last week for Utah.

 

Team notes: Utah has scored first in 20 of 32 games this season. Utah went 4-1 on the recently completed 5 game homestand. Grizzlies .688 winning percentage is 4th best in the league. Grizzlies have outscored opponents 61 to 34 at home this season.

 

Special Teams: Grizzlies went 4 for 13 on the power play last week vs Wichita. Utah is 5th on the power play at 20.0 percent. The Grizzlies are tied for 6th at 85.5 percent on the penalty kill.

 

Roster Moves Last 7 Days: Defenseman Josh Anderson has been reassigned to Utah from the Colorado Eagles. Anderson has 2 assists in 19 games this season for Utah. Defenseman Nolan De Jong was sent back to Utah after appearing in 1 game for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda on January 5th. Grizzlies signed forward Stan Dzakhov on January 2nd. Dzakhov appeared in all 3 games for Utah last week vs Wichita. Goaltender Joe Cannata was reassigned to Utah after spending last week with the Eagles.

 

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

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

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Adam Turner on 4-3 OT Thriller

01/05/2019 11:18 PM - Adam Turner

 

There’s nothing quite like overtime hockey in the ECHL. 60 minutes weren’t enough to decide the final contest in the three game series between the Utah Grizzlies and Wichita Thunder. Both teams had skated to three goals and as the overtime session began to unfold, the question was whether Utah would continue its dominance over the Thunder or if Wichita was going to escape with some dignity. Utah’s Jack Walker would decide Wichita’s fate, winding and firing a puck past a dejected goaltender in Wichita’s Stuart Skinner, sending the crowd into a frenzy. As the scoreboard flashed Utah 4, Wichita 3, Utah had completed a sweep against the Thunder, winning all six contests played thus far.

“I didn’t even know if I’d scored to tell you the truth,” Walker said. “I came around the net and I looked for a pass back door and it just happened to find its way in. Anytime when you can contribute to a win like that it’s definitely a good feeling. We’ve got a lot of confidence going into the new year which is nice.”

Utah wouldn’t have been in a position to collect a victory in the extra session where it not without the services of the high-scoring Austin Carroll. Facing a one goal deficit on two separate occasions, Carroll would erase each of those deficits with a pair of mesmerizing goals, as Utah refused to fold its tent.

“The boys just came together huge tonight and it’s a big character win,” Carroll said. “Coach is happy and we’re happy. They’re a good team and we had to work hard but when you do, good things happen and we’re going to keep it rolling.”

Taylor Richart got the Grizzlies on the board in the second period, firing a bullet from the blue line and played so well he not only was named the defenseman of the game, but was awarded the third star of the evening.

When asked about his three stars of the night, head coach Tim Branham was praiseworthy of his trio: “The boys were resilient and never stopped working and Austin Carroll had a big night. He plays the game the right way. Taylor played really well and was solid all around both offensively and defensively. And Jack Walker is picking it up and he’s becoming a valuable part of this team.”


Grizzlies Win OT Thriller 4-3

01/05/2019 11:14 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win Overtime Thriller 4-3

West Valley City, Utah – Jack Walker scores the game winning goal 1:36 into overtime as the Utah Grizzlies completed a 3 game sweep of the Wichita Thunder on Saturday night at Maverik Center.

Utah took a 1-0 lead as Taylor Richart scored his 4th goal of the season. Wichita scored the next 2 goals of the game. Eric Roy tied up the game 17:47 into the 2nd period. The Thunder took a 2-1 lead on a Cam Reid power play goal.

Austin Carroll scored 2 goals in the third period for Utah. He tied up the game 2-2 with 10:18 left. Wichita’s Colin Larkin scored his first of the season 11:55 into the third period to give the Thunder a 3-2 lead.

With 1:58 in regulation Carroll scored his 2nd of the game and 10th of the season to tie the game at 3-3. Carroll has 4 goals in 4 games on the homestand after a 7 game stint with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

The Grizzlies opened up overtime on the power play and even though Utah didn’t score on the man advantage they were able to establish puck possession which led to an offensive zone draw after the power play ended. The Grizzlies won the face-off and Walker got the puck. He skated around the Thunder net and scored a tough angled shot for the game winner.

The Grizzlies have won each of their 6 meetings of the season against the Thunder. Utah stays in first place in the Mountain division with 44 standings points. Idaho is close in 2nd with 43 points.

Utah is on the road for the next 3 games as they visit Cincinnati, Wheeling and Fort Wayne. Next home game for the Grizzlies is January 16th against Tulsa.

Grizzlies notes: Ryan Walters and Tim McGauley each had 2 assists for Utah. Taylor Richart led the Grizzlies with a +2 on the night. Kevin Carr stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Grizzlies. Carr got the win to 11-2-1 on the year. Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play.

3 Stars of the game

1. Jack Walker (Utah) - Game Winning Goal in OT. 

2. Austin Carroll (Utah) - 2 goals in the third period. 

3. Taylor Richart (Utah) - 1 goal. +2 on the night.  

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 3-1 Friday Win

01/04/2019 11:15 PM - Adam Turner

 

Some teams match up extremely well against others and own that team’s number. Simply put, the Utah Grizzlies have the Wichita Thunder’s. Following a three game sweep in Wichita in November, Utah exchanged blows with the visitors Saturday night at the Maverik Center. But despite Wichita’s best effort to date against Utah, Grizzlie goalie Kevin Carr stood tall and when the final buzzer rang, the Grizzlies had defeated the Thunder yet again, this time to the tune of 3-1. It was Utah’s fifth victory against the Thunder in as many contests.

“The guys played really well in front of me and kept most of the shots to the side which makes my job easier,” Carr said. “We’ve got to bring that same effort tomorrow night. They’re a good team and we respect them just like every team in this league and we’re playing the right way which is why we’re having success.”

Although the Thunder controlled the puck and pace of play for the majority of the second period, each team manifested a goal. Utah’s power play, until recently non-existent, has come to fruition the last few contests. Tim McGauley fired a one-timer past the outstretched arms of Stuart Skinner, who played much better than he did Friday night in which he was pulled in the third period. Carr was playing superb in net but he wasn’t able to prevent a breakaway in the second period. Thunder forward Jesse Gabriella chased down a loose puck and fled down the ice, firing a rocket between Carr’s pads.

Grizzlie forward Mike Economus is known for his enforcement and fighting on the ice but not for his goal scoring. However, the forward was able to notch his first in a Grizzlie uniform, garnering a 1-0 lead  for the home team. And by the time Jack Walker buried an empty netter to complete the scoring, Wichita was left bowing its’ collective heads yet again.

“At the end of the day we were able to keep them to the outside and clear rebounds,” head coach Tim Branham said. “We have to bring a better effort Saturday but we found a way to get two points and good teams do that.”


Grizzlies Defeat Wichita 3-1 on Friday Night

01/04/2019 11:12 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win 3-1 vs Wichita on Friday Night

West Valley City, Utah – Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 31 shots and Tim McGauley scored a power play goal with 1:12 left in the second period to give the Utah Grizzlies a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they defeated the Wichita Thunder 3-1 at Maverik Center on Friday night.

The Grizzlies scored first as Mike Economos got a great pass from Ryan Misiak 6:49 into the contest. It was Mike’s first goal in the ECHL. With that goal, hundreds of pairs of socks were thrown on the ice. Over a thousand pair of socks were donated as part of “Knock Your Socks Off, Presented by Ford.”

Wichita tied up the game 1-1 as Jesse Gabrielle scored his 7th goal on a breakaway. Later in the first period Ryan Van Stralen gets called for a slashing minor with 1:28 left in the 2nd. 16 seconds later, Tim McGauley scored his 10th goal of the season to give Utah a 2-1 lead.

It stayed 2-1 until late in the third period as Jack Walker scores his 2nd of the season to put the game on ice.

Ryan Walters had 2 assists on the game for the Grizzlies, who take over first place in the division with 42 standings points. They take over first from the Idaho Steelheads.

The Grizzlies have won each of the first 2 games of the 3 in the series. The series finale is Saturday night at Maverik Center. 7 pm Mountain time. You can catch the game on ESPN 700/ECHL.TV.

3 stars of the game

1.     1.  Kevin Carr (Utah) – 30 for 31 saves.

2.     2.  Tim McGauley (Utah) – 2nd period GWG.

3.      3/ Ryan Walters (Utah) – 2 assists. 

JT Henke Named ECHL Rookie of the Month

01/03/2019 10:30 AM - Tyson Whiting

 PRINCETON, N.J. – Utah Grizzlies’ forward J.T. Henke is the Howies Hockey Tape ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.

 

Henke scored 10 goals and added two assists for 12 points in nine games during the month.

 

The 24-year-old scored at least one goal in six of his nine games in December, and had four consecutive two-goal games from Dec. 15-29. He ended the month on a six-game point streak, totaling 11 points (9g-2a) over that stretch.

 

A native of Trenton, Michigan, Henke made his pro debut with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits last season and he has recorded 20 points (14g-6a) in 28 career ECHL games with Utah and Greenville.

 

Prior to turning pro, Henke tallied 79 points (29g-50a) in 72 games at Lake Superior State University after posting eight points (1g-7a) in 21 games during his freshman season at the University of Maine.

 

In recognition of his accomplishment, Howies Hockey Tape will present J.T. Henke with a Howies Prize Pack during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming Grizzlies’ home game.

 

Tickets are available now at Utahgrizzlies.com. The Grizzlies are home this Friday and Saturday against the Wichita Thunder.

 

Previous Utah Grizzlies winners of the ECHL Rookie of the Month

Austin Ortega – February 2018.

Ralph Cuddemi – January 2017.

Rob Hennigar – March 2009.

Tyler Haskins – February 2008. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 5-3 Team Win Jan.2

01/02/2019 11:45 PM - Adam Turner

 

Things were looking dire for the Utah Grizzlies in the second period against the visiting Wichita Thunder when the home team failed to take advantage of a five minute major penalty assessed to Thunder forward Jakob Stukel. Moments later, former Grizzlies Cam Reid and Ralph Cuddemi combined on an assist and goal when Reid buried a chance against a shielded goalie in Utah’s Kevin Carr. Suddenly, the Grizzlies found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-1 contest and it’s once dominant power play was dormant.

Not to worry. Utah forwards Jack Walker, Travis Barron and Jake Marchment answered the bell in spectacular fashion. A three goal flurry ensued and most encouraging was the fact that two of the three scores were the result of special teams as the power play awoke. By the time Tim McGauley rifled a successful shot, Wichita goalie Stuart Skinner’s night came to a premature conclusion. In the end, Utah continued its dominance of the Thunder, skating to a 5-3 victory and continued its stranglehold on Wichita, having swept the Thunder in the four contests played this season.

“We finally got our power play clicking and it was a great play across seam and I got a good piece of the puck and it’s always good when that happens,” Walker said. “They’re a physical hockey team and we come ready to play. We know what they’re going to bring and we match that. We have a good thing going right now.”

And welcome back from the Manitoba Moose Austin Carroll. Following a stint in the AHL, Carroll has announced his presence with authority. With a goal in Sunday’s loss against the Allen Americans, Carroll followed that effort up with a one goal, two goal performance as his return has been more than welcome.

“American league experience and winning experience is what Carroll possesses and we’re happy to have him back as long as we have him” head coach Tim Branham said. “He was especially critical in our success in the first part of the season.”

Despite Wichita’s success as an above .500 hockey team, the Grizzlies match up well against the Thunder and seemingly have their number.

“We were short handed again tonight but we found a way to get it done. That’s a good hockey team and they’re hard to play against but we’re able to put opportunities on them. They’re very talented and that’s why I’m proud of our effort tonight,” Branham said.

The Grizzlies will look to make it five for five against the Thunder as Utah squares off for game two in the three game series against Wichita Friday night.


Great Team Effort in 5-3 Grizzlies Win

01/02/2019 11:43 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Great Team Effort in Utah’s 5-3 Win over Wichita

West Valley City, Utah – 5 different forwards scored goals and Nolan De Jong had 2 assists as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Wichita Thunder 5-3 on Wednesday night at Maverik Center.

Austin Carroll had 1 goal and 2 assists for the Grizzlies in the win. Carroll has scored a goal in each of his first 2 games since returning to the Grizzlies after a 4 week stint with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Carroll was named number 1 star of the game. His goal 16:17 into the first period tied the game 1-1.

Wichita took a 2-1 lead as former Grizzlies forward Cam Reid scored a power play goal 4:56 into the second period. After that, it was all Grizzlies in the second period. Utah got 3 goals in a 2:07 second stretch from 13:09 to 11:02 left in the period from Jack Walker, Travis Barron and Jake Marchment. The Barron and Marchment goals were both power play goals. Utah went 2 for 5 on the power play tonight.

Utah got a 3rd period goal from Tim McGauley to make it a 5-2 game. The scoring ended as Wichita’s Steven Iacobellis scored his 11th of the season but it was too little too late as Kevin Carr stopped 19 of 22 shots to complete the win for Utah.

The Grizzlies have defeated the Thunder in each of their first 4 games in the season series.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night as it’s “Knock your socks off” presented by Ford, where fans will throw new and unused socks on the ice after the Grizzlies first goal of the game. Face-off will be at 7:00 pm.

3 stars of the game

1.      1. Austin Carroll (Utah) – 1 goal, 2 assists.

2.      2. Jack Walker (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.      3. Jake Marchment (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

Defend Innocence Defenseman of the game went to Nolan De Jong, who had 2 assists in his first game back after a stint with the AHL’s Stockton Heat and Colorado Eagles. 

Grizzlies Pregame Notes Jan 2, 2019 vs Wichita

01/02/2019 5:08 PM - Tyson Whiting

Utah comes into the week tied for 2nd place in the Mountain division with 38 standings points and are just 1 point behind the Idaho Steelheads for first.

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 Wichita 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).

Grizzlies vs Wichita This Season

The Grizzlies swept a 3 game series at Wichita in early November. Utah outscored Wichita 15-10 in the 3 games.

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. 

JT Henke

Henke has 10 goals in 12 games this season in a Grizzlies uniform. It’s been an incredible run for JT Henke, who has 9 goals in his last 6 games, including a streak where he had 4 straight 2 goal games. Grizzlies acquired Henke off of waivers from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on November 16th.  

Grizzlies Sign Forward Stan Dzakhov

Grizzlies sign forward Stan Dzakhov. It will be his 4th ECHL team in 2 seasons. He previously played for Quad City, Greenville and Norfolk. Dzakhov also appeared in 9 SPHL games this season with Knoxville, scoring 5 goals and 6 assists.

Joe Cannata’s 4th Shutout of the Season

Joe Cannata collected his 4th shutout of the season on December 29th as Utah defeated Allen 3-0. For Cannata, it’s his 3rd straight shutout vs Allen. Cannata has 180 straight shutout minutes against Allen. Cannata’s 4 shutouts leads the league. Joe has a record of 9-6-2-1 on the year. Kevin Carr has also been outstanding for Utah this season as Carr has a record of 9-2-1 on the year with a 2.78 GAA.

The 5 shutouts combined for Grizzlies goaltenders are the most in the league by 1 team.

Last Week: Saturday

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. 

Sunday, December 30th

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. 

Roster Moves Last Week:

On new year’s day Defenseman Nolan De Jong and Forward Travis Barron were sent to the Grizzlies. De Jong was released from a PTO and Barron reassigned by the Avalanche organization. Barron had 2 goals and 1 assist in 20 games for the Eagles. De Jong appeared in 1 game with the Colorado Eagles this year. De Jong has 1 goal and 6 assists in 20 games for the Grizzlies this year.

Forward Jake Marchment comes back to Utah after a 2 game stint with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Marchment got a fighting major on December 31st for SD.

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.

Losses to the AHL over the last few days

Defenseman Josh Anderson was assigned Colorado with the AHL along with Goaltender Joe Cannata and forward Julien Nantel.  

Forward Caleb Herbert was assigned to the AHL's Colorado Eagles.

Award Winners

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

Fast Starts

The Grizzlies have scored first in 18 of their 29 games this year. Utah has outscored opponents 36 to 23 in the first period of games this year.

Special Teams

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

Good Second Periods

The Grizzlies have outscored opponents 36 to 22 in the 2nd period of games this season.

Avalanche Affiliation

The Grizzlies have a new affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche’ previous ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles are now in the AHL, after winning back to back Kelly Cup Championships in 2017-2018.

Non Division Opponent

Indy is the opponent the Grizzlies play more often than any non-division opponent. 10 games vs non Mountain Division Teams. Utah vs Indy 4 times. Maine for 3 games and Cincinnati, Fort Wayne and Wheeling 1 game. 62 of the 72 games are against division opponents. 

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