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Grizzlies Begin 3 Game Road Trip on Friday Night

02/22/2019 2:19 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Gameday Blog in Allen

It’s the first time the Grizzlies have been in Allen as they take on the Americans for the first game of a 3 game in 3 day series in the Lonestar state. The Grizzlies are in second place in the Mountain Division with 67 standings points on the year, though the Grizz have the best winning percentage in the division at .657.

The Grizzlies have been a good road team this season with a record of 13-6-3-1 away from Maverik Center. Utah had 9 of a possible 12 standings points on their most recent 6 game road trip. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73 on the road this year.

Tonight’s game is at 6:00 pm mountain time (7 pm local start). You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM-HD-2. Cc1370.com.

Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans (6:00 Mountain Time).

● 6th meeting between Utah and Allen this season. Utah has a 4-1 record vs Allen. Each of the first 5 games were at Maverik Center.

● Grizzlies are third in the league with 28.02 shots-against per game.

Utah has standings points in 8 of their last 10 games. They had points in 8 straight games before losing 2 in a row to the KC Mavericks.

Ryan Walters has 7 goals in his last 8 games.

Joe Cannata has 3 shutouts vs Allen this season.

Caleb Herbert Returns/ Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert comes back from spending the past week with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Herbert has 26 goals and 27 assists on the season. Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league in goals and is tied for 6th in the league with 53 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 vs Kansas City

Grizzlies won 4-3 in overtime on a Gage Ausmus GWG om Feb. 15. Utah lost 3-0 on Feb. 16. Grizzlies lost 5-2 on February 18th.

Overall record: 31-15-4-1

Home record: 18-9-1. Utah has outscored opponents 91 to 70 at home.

Road record: 13-6-3-1. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73.

This Week's Games: (Utah is and at Allen on Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1

Goals per game: 3.43 (Tied 7th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.80 (Tied 5th). 

Shots per game: 31.24 (17th). 

Shots against per game: 28.20 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.8 % (4th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.0 % (7th).

Grizzlies Went 4-2 Last Homestand

The Grizzlies won each of the first 4 games of the homestand, including a 3 game sweep vs Idaho as well as a 4-3 overtime win vs Kansas City in the first game of a 3 game series. In the first 4 games, Utah outscored opponents 16 to 9. In the last 2 games, Utah lost by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. The 3-0 loss on Feb. 16 was the first time the Grizzlies were shut out in a game since December 1st at Rapid City.

Allen This Week

It’s the 6th season meeting between the two teams and first at the Allen Events Center.

December 30th- Allen Won 4-2 – Austin Carroll and Julien Nantel scored goals for Utah. Joe Cannata 30 for 34 saves.

December 29th – Utah Won 3-0 – Joe Cannata 28 save shutout. 3rd straight shutout vs Allen. JT Henke 2 goals. Julien Nantel 1 goal 1 assist.

November 24th – Utah Won 5-3 – Cole Ully, Caleb Herbert and Tim McGauley each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kevin Carr 36 for 39 saves. JT Henke, Matt Berry each had 2 assists.

November 23rd – Utah Won 5-0 – Caleb Herbert 2 goals. Matt Berry 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 4 assists. Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves.

November 21st – Utah Won 4-0 – Joe Cannata 18 save shutout. Matt Berry 3 goals 1 assist. Caleb Herbert 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 2 assists.

Utah’s power play is 5 for 25 against Allen this year. Grizzlies penalty kill is 21 for 24 vs Allen.

Grizzlies Sign Forward Joseph Mizzi

Utah signs forward Joseph Mizzi, who had been playing with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League). He had 5 shots on goal in his Grizzlies debut on Feb. 15.

Mizzi has 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Mizzi is 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He’s 20 years old.

Injuries

JT Henke is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Who’s Been Great Lately

Ryan Walters has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 8 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 games.

Josh Dickinson has 1 goal and 11 assists in his last 12 games.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 54-43 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 65-47.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .657. It’s the third best in the Western Conference (Cincinnati and Toledo).

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times. Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

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.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals (5th 2 goal game of the year), Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Caleb Herbert got his 24th goal of the season.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Caleb Herbert and Ryan Walters also tallied goals. Kevin Carr wins his 3rd game of the week.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3 in OT. Gage Ausmus GWG. Grayson Downing 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah loses 3-0.  

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah lost 5-2. Caleb Herbert and Nolan De Jong each scored goals for the Grizzlies. Kevin Carr 32 for 37 saves.  

Friday Game Day Blog: February 15th vs Kansas City

02/15/2019 11:08 AM - Tyson Whiting

Grizzlies vs Mavericks on Friday Night at Maverik Center

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies continue with the 6 game homestand with game 1 of a 3 game series on Friday night against the Kansas City Mavericks. Face-off will be at 7:00 pm.

This weekend is Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty jersey’s for warm-ups tonight and on Saturday night will be wearing specialty jersey’s during the game. Those jersey’s will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to local charities. After the Friday night game, fans can pay $5, which will be donated to charity, and paint a name of someone who is either battling cancer or has lost their lives to cancer. Those names will be displayed on the ice for the Saturday, February 16th game.

Ryan Walters has been outstanding recently for the Grizzlies. He has 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games.

Utah added forwards Joseph Mizzi and Will Smith to the roster. Mizzi comes over from the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers, where he had 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games this season. Smith played in 8 games this year with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder.

Goaltender Joe Cannata and Defenseman Josh Anderson return to the Grizzlies roster after a stint with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Anderson had an assist last Saturday vs Idaho to help Utah complete a 3 game sweep over the Steelheads.

It’s the start of a 3 game series. Face-off on Friday and Saturday night for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler is at 7 pm. On President’s Day, February 18th, face-off is at 1 pm for a Maverik Monday, where tickets are buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

Kansas City Mavericks (24-19-3) at Utah Grizzlies (30-13-5) 7:05 p.m. MT

Utah is in first place in the Mountain Division with 65 standings points. Idaho is in 2nd with 63 points followed by Tulsa. Kansas City is in 4th place with 51 points.

● 4th season meeting between Utah and KC but the first time at Maverik Center. Grizzlies have a 1-1-1 record.

● Grizzlies are third in the league with 28.04 shots-against per game.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 vs Idaho. 4-1 win on Feb. 6.  Won 4-3 Feb. 8 and a 4-2 win on Feb. 9. 

Overall record: 30-13-4-1

Home record: 17-7-1. Utah has outscored opponents 85 to 59 at home.

Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Kansas City on Feb. 15-16, 18)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1 and have standings points in 7 straight. During that stretch, Utah has outscored opponents 26 to 14.

Goals per game: 3.52 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.75 (4th). 

Shots per game: 31.27 (16th). 

Shots against per game: 28.02 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.7 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.9 % (2nd).

Grizzlies Swept Idaho

Saturday night a crowd of 9065 saw the Grizzlies win 4-2 to sweep the Steelheads in a 3 game series. Utah outscored Idaho 12-6 for the week, scoring 4 goals in each of the 3 games.

Kansas City This Week

It’s the 4th season meeting between the two teams, though it’s the first time KC will be at Maverik Center.

November 3rdKansas City won 5-4 in overtime as Mark Cooper got the game winner. Grizzlies got goals from 4 different players.

January 25thUtah won 5-1 as Jack Walker, Austin Carroll and Josh Dickinson each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

January 26thKansas City won 4-3. JT Henke had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Grizzlies Sign Forward Joseph Mizzi

Utah signs forward Joseph Mizzi, who had been playing with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League).

Mizzi has 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Mizzi is 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He’s 20 years old.

Utah Trades for Will Smith

The Grizzlies traded for Forward Will Smith from the Adirondack Thunder for future considerations. Smith appeared in 23 games for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL this season, scoring 8 goals and 12 assists. He was with Adirondack for 8 games. Smith is 5’11” and 174 pounds.

Welcome Back Josh and Joe

Goaltender Joe Cannata and Defenseman Josh Anderson return to the Grizzlies roster after a stint with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Anderson had an assist last Saturday vs Idaho to help Utah complete a 3 game sweep over the Steelheads.

Injuries on the Trip

JT Henke is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. Defenseman Nolan De Jong was hurt last Saturday vs Kansas City and has missed the last 7 games. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league with 25 goals on the season. Herbert is also 4th in the league with 52 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Who’s Been Great Lately

Ryan Walters had 6 goals and 2 assists in the last 5 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games.

Jake Marchment has 3 goals and 7 assists in his last 9 games and is a +4 in that span.

Josh Dickinson has 1 goal and 7 assists in his last 9 games.

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday. Carr has a record of 14-5-1 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0-1. 

Grizzlies won 2-1 on January 29th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 4-2 on January 30th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 5-1 at Wichita on February 1st. Grizzlies lost 5-4 in overtime on February 2nd.  

Watch Out for Special Teams

The Grizzlies are number 2 on the penalty kill at 85.9 percent as well as 5th on the power play at 21.7 %. The power play was 3 for 19 against Idaho while the penalty kill was 14 for 16.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 52-39 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 60-41.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .677.

If the playoffs started today Utah would face the KC Mavericks, who have 51 standings points.

Idaho would be the number 2 seed and face the Tulsa Oilers in the first round.

2 goal games for Utah this season.

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times. Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

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.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals (5th 2 goal game of the year), Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Caleb Herbert got his 24th goal of the season.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Caleb Herbert and Ryan Walters also tallied goals. Kevin Carr wins his 3rd game of the week.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler.

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 Continue Homestand vs Kansas City

02/11/2019 1:05 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler

West Valley City, Utah – This week is Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler as they have games on February 15th, 16th and 18th against the Kansas City Mavericks.

After the game on Friday, February 15th, fans can pay $5 and come down on the ice and paint a name of someone who has been battling cancer. Those names will be displayed on the ice during the Grizzlies game on Saturday, February 16th.

The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty jersey’s this weekend. Like last season’s fight cancer jerseys, on this year’s specialty jersey’s are names of people battling cancer. Those game worn jersey’s will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to local charities.

Don’t forget about the President’s Day 1 pm matinee against Kansas City. It’s the 2nd Maverik Monday of the season, where tickets are buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office when purchasing tickets.

Last week the Utah Grizzlies completed a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads last week at Maverik Center, outscoring the Steelheads 12 to 6 in the series.

It was a different player playing the starring role in each of the 3 games. Julien Nantel scored 2 goals and 1 assist and Ryan Walters added 1 goal and 1 assist in Wednesday night’s 4-1 win. On Friday night the Grizzlies got 2 goals from JT Henke and 1 goal and 1 assist from Turner Ottenbreit in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 9065 it was Mitch Maxwell who scored 2 goals, including the empty net game clincher with 46 seconds left to give Utah a 4-2 victory and a 3 game sweep over the division rival Steelheads.

Utah is now in first place by 4 points over Idaho. The Grizz have 65 standings points and a winning percentage of .677. Idaho has 61 points and a .622 winning rate. Utah has standings points in 7 straight games.

Kevin Carr was in net for all 3 victories. Carr stopped 62 of 68 shots on the weekend and made some key saves in the third period of all 3 games to secure Grizzlies victories. Carr has been in goal for each of the team’s last 5 games and has earned 4 wins in that stretch.

For tickets go to utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

This Week’s Promotions

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Fans can pay $5 and come on the ice and paint a name of someone who has been battling cancer.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Specialty jersey’s that will be auctioned off after the game.

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

Games This Week

February 15th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

February 16th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

February 18th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 1 pm. ESPN 700.

Last Week’s Games vs Idaho

February 6th – Utah wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves. Grizzlies were 2 for 6 on the power play and a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.

February 8th – Utah wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals. Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play. Kevin Carr 20 for 23 saves.

February 9th – Utah wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Ryan Walters and Caleb Herbert each scored goals for Utah. Idaho held to only 3 shots on goal in the third period.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 vs Idaho

Grizzlies won 3 games vs Idaho at Maverik Center. 

4-1 win on Feb. 6.  Won 4-3 Feb. 8 and a 4-2 win on Feb. 9. 

Overall record: 30-13-4-1

Home record: 17-7-1

Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Kansas City on Feb. 15-16, 18)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1

Goals per game: 3.52 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.75 (4th). 

Shots per game: 31.27 (16th). 

Shots against per game: 28.02 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.7 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.9 % (3rd). 

Individual notes:

Ryan Walters has 6 goals and 2 assists in 5 games in February. Mike Economos has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. He is currently with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league with 25 goals, and has a goal in back to back games for Utah.

A different player had a 2 goal game in each of the 3 games last week vs Idaho. Julien Nantel had 2 goals on Feb. 6. JT Henke had 2 goals on Feb. 8 and Mitch Maxwell had 2 goals on Feb. 9,. 

JT Henke has as many 2 goal games (5) as he has 1 goal games (5) this season.

Team notes:

Grizzlies have standings points in 7 straight games. Grizzlies have outscored opponents 85 to 59 at home this season. Grizzlies are in the top 5 in both the power play and penalty kill units. A big crowd of 9065 fans saw the Utah 4-3 win on February 9th vs Idaho. Utah swept a 3 game home series over the Steelheads last week. Utah has scored first in each of their last 5 games.

 

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday, Feb. 1. Carr has a record of 14-5-2 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days

Forwards Julien Nantel, Grayson Downing and Defenseman Sergei Boikov were added to the lineup on February 6th from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Boikov played in the game on Wednesday before being recalled to the Eagles, while Downing and Nantel played in all 3 games last week in the sweep against Idaho. It was Downing’s first games in the ECHL after spending 4 and a half seasons in the American Hockey League. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-2 Win

02/09/2019 11:14 PM - Adam Turner

 

The Utah Grizzlies smelled blood Saturday night as the wounded Idaho Steelheads skated onto the Maverik Center ice for the final contest of a three game set.  Having defeated Idaho in impressive fashion in the first two matchups, the Grizzlies weren’t about to let a golden opportunity go to waste and went for the proverbial jugular. Utah forward Mitch Maxwell and goalie Kevin Carr answered call and led the attack. With a pair of goals by Maxwell and 23 of 25 saves by Carr, Utah obtained the sweep in front of an electrified crowd of 9,065, skating to a 4-2 victory.

“It comes down to team effort and Carr was great in net,” Maxwell said. “When we had lulls he kept us in it. We wouldn’t have won these three games without him. We’re a confident team right now and we’re capitalizing on our opportunities and we’re executing well. It’s fun to be back wearing a Grizzlie uniform.”

As good as Utah was in the first period, however, they struggled in the second. A spectacular goal by Caleb Herbert notwithstanding, Utah was outshot 15 to 3 in the frame and had it not been for the superb goaltending of Carr, things might have unraveled for the home team. Although Carr surrendered two goals, one was on a 4 on 3 power play and the other was on a turnover that allowed an unchecked Steven McParland to do what he does plenty of, score the puck. They were the only goals that Carr would allow and made several mesmerizing saves with glove, stick and pads.

“He’s playing every game now (Carr) and everyone is seeing just how good he is,” head coach Tim Branham said. “He was tremendous and calm and steady back there and made some huge saves.”

Utah, though, rallied in the third. The Grizzlies’ defense, led by Teigan Zahn anchoring the corps, is playing its best hockey of the season. Having held the high-powered Steelheads to just six goals in the three contests, the defense has been quite possibly more impressive than the offense. And at the end of the contest, all that mattered was the final score and a mission accomplished of sweeping one of the best teams in the league.

“Our boys came together on our last road trip and have learned what it takes to win,” Branham said. “We’re proving when we have our lineup and play our style that we’re extremely tough to beat.”


Grizzlies Sweep Steelheads

02/09/2019 11:13 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Sweep Steelheads With 4-2 Win

West Valley City, Utah – Mitch Maxwell scored 2 goals, including the game clinching empty net goal with 46 seconds left as the Utah Grizzlies win 4-2 to complete a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads at Maverik Center.

Ryan Walters got the scoring started as he got his 13th of the season 6:17 into the first period. Mitch Maxwell added his first of the season 2 minutes later. It stayed 2-0 until Idaho’s Keegan Kanzig scored 8:11 into the second period.

Caleb Herbert scored his 25th goal of the season 10:56 into the second as he got a pass from Jake Marchment to make it a 3-1 Utah lead. Josh Anderson also got an assist for Utah.

Idaho scored a short handed goal as Steven McParland skated behind the Grizzlies defense for his 20th goal of the season late in the second period.

Good defense and goaltending on both sides ruled the third period. Utah put the game away on Maxwell’s 2nd goal of the game with 46 seconds left. Utah won 4-2 to complete the 3 game sweep of the Steelheads. Utah now has a 4 point lead in first place in the Mountain division.

Kevin Carr got the win for Utah, stopping 23 of 25 shots. Carr’s record goes to 17-5-2 on the year.

The Grizzlies continue the 6 game homestand next Friday and Saturday for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler as they take on the Kansas City Mavericks. 7 pm face-off both nights. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center box office.

3 stars of the game

1.      Mitch Maxwell (Utah) – 2 goals.

2.      Caleb Herbert (Utah) – 1 goal.

3.      Keegan Kanzig (Idaho) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on Win vs Idaho

02/08/2019 10:36 PM - Adam Turner

 

Teigan Zahn was literally an inch away from securing his third goal of the season as a puck ricocheted off the left crossbar in a scoreless contest in the 11th meeting between the Utah Grizzlies and Idaho Steelheads. Not to worry as a Grizzlie player who is a bit more adept when it comes to putting the puck in the back of the net, J.T. Henke, fired a successful rebound to give the home team a 1-0 lead. In what has come to be expected of an Idaho/Utah matchup, round 11 was evenly fought but in the end, it was the Grizzlies that prevailed, 4-3.

“I’m super proud of the way our team played,” head coach Tim Branham said. “We’ve got so much talent and skill that we don’t need to cheat to make plays. When you keep things simple and keep pucks in you end up creating turnovers and scoring goals and that’s what we did.”

The play of the game, which exemplified Utah’s work ethic on the defensive end, was displayed by Taylor Richart. Idaho forward Reid Petryk, already in possession of a goal, fired a bullet that trickled through the pads of goalie Kevin Carr. Richart sacrificed himself by lunging behind Carr and swatting what would have been Petryk and Idaho’s second goal of the night. In fact, Utah relegated Idaho’s high octance offense to a rather meager 23 shots.

“Defensively I thought we played pretty well,” Richart said. “We don’t like to give up three goals but we played hard and with a lot of effort. I don’t think Carr saw the puck and I saw it trickle through and I knew I had to do something.”

And Henke, who has an uncanny knack for multiple goal nights with four on the season, made no exception Friday night. Utah is in possession of the second best power play in the league, humming along nicely at a 22.6 % clip. Henke would improve upon that stat as the forward blasted a laser from the blue line for his fifth two goal game of the year, and his 15th on the season.  

“When you get one early it gets the confidence up,” Henke said. “It’s nothing fancy. I just keep shooting the puck. We’ve got some momentum going and we’re going to build on that for tomorrow.”

Idaho, known for being a good third period team (outscoring their opponents 45-26 on the season), garnered a couple of goals by Grizzlie’ nemesis Steven McParland and A.J. White to make things interesting.

But this was Utah’s night. Defenseman Turner Ottenbreit wears number four which is fitting as he blistered the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year and the Grizzlies’ third of the contest. And when Idaho pulled goaltender Tomas Sholl, Caleb Herbert did what Caleb Herbert does best, putting the puck in the back of the net for what amounted to the game winner.

“We’ve got the four points and tomorrow will be the biggest game of the series,” Branham said. “We’re going to enjoy this one but rest up for tomorrow because it’s going to take everybody.


Grizzlies Win 4-3 on Friday

02/08/2019 10:34 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Take First Place With 4-3 Win

West Valley City, Utah – JT Henke scored 2 goals and Turner Ottenbreit had 1 goal and 1 assist in the Utah Grizzlies 4-3 win to take over first place in the Mountain Division over the Idaho Steelheads at Maverik Center.

Henke gave Utah a 1-0 lead on a rebound with 4:50 left in the first period. Idaho scored 2:17 into the second as Reid Petryk scored his 17th of the season. The Grizz retook the lead on Henke’s 2nd of the game and 15th of the season. Utah extended the lead on Turner Ottenbreit’s 4th goal of the season with 1:28 left in the second. Ottenbreit had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game for Utah.

Steelheads forward Steven McParland scored a power play goal with 8:17 left in regulation to cut the lead to 3-2. It stayed that score until Idaho pulled their goaltender for an extra skater. Caleb Herbert scored from ¾ length of the ice to give Utah an insurance goal and a 4-2 lead. That insurance goal was needed as AJ White scored with 30 seconds left in the third. Utah held on to a late Idaho rally to win the game and take each of the first 2 games of the 3 game series.

Kevin Carr stopped 20 of 23 shots in Utah in net and his record goes to 16-5-2 on the year. Steelheads goalie Tomas Sholl stopped 30 of 33.

Utah goes for the sweep on Saturday night at Maverik Center. 7 pm face-off. It’s Grizzbee’s birthday and he will be joined by NHL’s mascots from the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. Get your tickets now at utahgrizzlies.com.

Grizzlies notes: Utah and Idaho were both 1 for 5 on the power play. Utah now has the season lead 6 games to 5 over Idaho. Caleb Herbert scored an empty net goal for Utah. His 24th goal of the season and 9th goal vs Idaho this season. JT Henke had 2 goals for Utah. He has as many 2 goal games (5) as he has 1 goal games (5).

3 stars of the game

1.     1.  JT Henke (Utah) – 2 goals.

2.      2. Turner Ottenbreit (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.

3.      3. Gage Ausmus (Utah) – 1 assist.

Honorable mention goes to Reid Petryk, who had 1 goal and 2 assists. 

Grizzlies-Steelheads Play For First Place

02/08/2019 11:05 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Battle For First Place Tonight at Maverik Center

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are taking on the Idaho Steelheads in game 2 of the 3 game series with both teams tied for first place in the Mountain Division with 61 standings points.

Utah won 4-1 on Wednesday night in the series opener as Julien Nantel had 2 goals and 1 assist and Ryan Walters had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory. Walters has 5 goals in his last 3 games. Utah has standings points in 5 straight games and 6 of their last 7.

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the division at .663. Idaho has a .649 winning rate as they have played 1 more game than Utah.

Special teams have been a big factor for the Grizzlies recently. Utah was 2 for 6 on the power play and a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty kill on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies are 13 for 31 on the man advantage over the last 7 games and the PK is 25 for 26 in the last 7 games.

Face-off will be at 7:00 and can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 HD-2. The game can also be seen on ECHL.TV. Tickets are available at the Maverik Center box office or utahgrizzlies.com.

Overall record: 28-13-4-1 (The 28 wins matches last season’s final total of 28 wins). 61 standings points on the year, which is tied for first in the division with tonight’s opponent, the Idaho Steelheads.

Home record: 15-7-1  Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Idaho on Feb. 6, 8-9)

Last 10 games: Utah is 6-3-1 

Goals per game: 3.50 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.76 (5th). 

Shots per game: 31.41 (15th). 

Shots against per game: 28.22 (3rd). 

Power play: 22.6 % (2nd). 

Penalty Kill: 86.2 % (2nd). 

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league with 23 goals on the season. Herbert is also tied for 2nd in the league with 50 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Who Was Great on the 6 Game Trip

Jake Marchment has been amazing for the Grizzlies. Big Jake had 3 goals and 6 assists in his last 7 games

Ryan Walters had 5 goals in the last 3 games.

Caleb Herbert, JT Henke and Eric freschi each has 7 points in their last 7 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals in his last 3 games.

Rubber Match?

It’s the 11th season meeting between Utah and Idaho. The season series is tied 5-5. On Wednesday night the Grizzlies won 4-1. Caleb Herbert has 8 goals and 6 assists in 10 games vs Idaho this season. Ryan Walters has 4 goals and 3 assists in 9 games vs Idaho. On the Idaho side Steven McParland has 6 goals and 4 assists in 9 season meetings. Kyle Schempp scored the lone goal for Idaho on Wednesday night. He has 4 goals against Utah this year.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

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.

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). 

Nantel Leads Grizzlies to 4-1 Win

02/06/2019 10:33 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Defeat Steelheads 4-1

West Valley City, Utah – Julien Nantel scored 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Utah Grizzlies to a 4-1 victory over the Idaho Steelheads at Maverik Center on Wednesday night.

With the Utah win, they are now tied for first place in the Mountain Division with Idaho as both teams have 61 standings points on the year.

Nantel gave Utah a 1-0 lead 2:09 into the game. Idaho tied things up 16:45 into the first as Kyle Schempp scored his 8th of the season and 4th against Utah.

The only goal scored in the second period was Nantel’s 2nd of the night as he scored on the power play on a nice pass from Ryan Walters. Josh Dickinson picked up assists in each of Utah’s first 2 goals of the game.

Third period goals from Mike Economos and Ryan Walters provided insurance for the Grizzlies, who have won 28 games, which match the season win total from last year.

Utah went 2 for 6 on the power play tonight. They are 13 for 31 on the power play the last 8 games. The penalty kill was a perfect 6 for 6. Utah is now 25 for 26 on the PK the last 7 games.

Kevin Carr stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Grizzlies in the win. Carr’s record goes to 15-5-2 on the year. Tomas Sholl stopped 24 of 28 shots for the Steelheads, who’s record falls to 29-15-1-2 on the year.

The 3 game series continues with game 2 on Friday night at Maverik Center. 7 pm face-off and the game can be heard on Classic Country AM 1370 and in HD at 104.3 FM HD-2.

3 stars of the game

1.      1. Julien Nantel (Utah) – 2 goals, 1 assist.

2.     2.  Josh Dickinson (Utah) – 2 assists.

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

Game Notes and Info: Feb. 6 vs Idaho

02/06/2019 9:19 AM - Tyson Whiting

The Utah Grizzlies begin a 6 game homestand tonight against the Idaho Steelheads. Face-off is at 7:00 and can be heard on cc1370.com, Classic Country 1370 AM and 104.3 FM/HD-2. 

Utah is 2 games behind Idaho for first place in the Mountain Division Standings. 

Overall record: 27-13-4-1 (One more win matches last season’s final total of 28 wins).

Home record: 14-7-1  Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Idaho on Feb. 6, 8-9)

Last 10 games: Utah is 5-4-1 

Goals per game: 3.49 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.80 (5th). 

Shots per game: 31.49 (15th). 

Shots against per game: 28.40 (4th). 

Power play: 22.3 % (2nd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.7 % (2nd). 

We Have Met Before

It’s the 10th season meeting between Utah and Idaho. The most recent game was a 7-4 Idaho win on January 21st at Maverik Center. Caleb Herbert has 8 goals and 5 assists against the Steelheads this season. Idaho’s Steven McParland has been tough on Utah. He has 6 goals and 4 assists in 8 games vs the Grizz.

Welcome Back Mitch Maxwell

Forward Mitch Maxwell returns to the Grizzlies roster. He played in 20 games for Utah in the 2017-18 season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. He was a plus-4 for Utah in that time. Maxwell is a returned LDS missionary, and played his college hockey at the University of Lethbridge from 2014-2018. Maxwell got in a fight in the third period in his first game back with Utah. Maxwell had 2 shots on goal and was a +1. Mitch wore number 13 for Utah.

3 Players Join Grizzlies From Colorado

Defenseman Sergei Boikov and Forwards Julien Nantel and Grayson Downing join the Grizzlies, coming over from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Nantel previously appeared in 7 games for Utah, where he has 4 goals and 2 assists and is a +5. Nantel has 1 assist in 23 games for Colorado this season. Boikov is a 6’2 200 pound blue liner, who has 0 goals and 6 assists in 33 games. He played in 67 games with San Antonio in the AHL from 2016-17. Boikov’s previous ECHL experience includes 7 regular season and 18 playoff games for the 2017 Kelly Cup Champion Eagles. Boikov was a 6th round pick, 161st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Downing has played in the AHL for the past 4 and a half seasons with 4 different teams. He had 1 goal and 2 assists in 13 games for Colorado this season. His best year in the AHL was the 2015-16 season for the Iowa Wild, where he had 19 goals and 21 assists in 56 games.

Injuries on the Trip

Defenseman Nolan De Jong was hurt last Saturday vs Kansas City and missed the last 4 games. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league with 23 goals on the season, 2 behind Allen’s Zach Pochiro who has 26. Herbert has played in 35 games, while Pochiro has played in 43. Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league with 49 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 11 major penalties.

Who Was Great on the 6 Game Trip

Jake Marchment has been amazing for the Grizzlies. Big Jake had 3 goals and 5 assists in the 6 game trip.

Eric Freschi had 2 goals and 5 assists and was a +4. Ryan Walters had 4 goals in the last 2 games on the trip. Caleb Herbert and JT Henke also had 6 points for Utah. Mike Economos has 3 power play goals in his last 2 games.

Games Last Road Trip

Utah went 4-1-1 on the recent 6 game road trip. Utah split 2 games at Kansas City, a team that’s very tough to beat in KC. Utah swept 2 games against a tough Tulsa team, who is currently 1 point behind the Grizzlies for 2nd place in the division.

January 25th – Utah Grizzlies at Kansas City Mavericks – Utah won 5-1. Jack Walker, Josh Dickinson and Austin Carroll each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kevin Carr 25 for 26 saves. Utah 1 for 3 on the power play. Jake Marchment had 2 assists.

January 26th – Utah Grizzlies at Kansas City Mavericks – KC wins 4-3. Caleb Herbert, JT Henke and Taylor Richart had goals for Utah. Kevin Carr 20 of 24 saves.

January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 2-1. Jake Marchment 1 goal, 1 assist. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Josh Anderson GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. It was Anderson’s first professional goal.

January 30th – Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 4-2. Jake Marchment 2 goals. Eric Freschi GWG with 9:17 left in the third. Tim McGauley scored his 14th goal of the season. Joe Cannata 25 for 27 saves.

February 1st – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – Utah won 4-0. Kevin Carr 31 for 31. Carr’s 3rd shutout of the season. Ryan Walters scored 2 goals. Mike Economos and Joey Raats added goals. Eric Freschi and Jake Marchment each had 2 assists.

February 2nd – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – Wichtia won 5-4 in OT Ryan Walters and Mike Economos 2 goals each.

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday. Carr has a record of 14-5-1 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0-1. 

Grizzlies won 2-1 on January 29th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 4-2 on January 30th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 5-1 at Wichita on February 1st. Grizzlies lost 5-4 in overtime on February 2nd.  

Watch Out for Special Teams

The Grizzlies are number 2 on both the power play and penalty kill. In the last 7 games Utah is 11 for 25 on the power play, including a perfect 4 for 4 at Wichita. The Penalty kill is 19 for 20 in the last 6 games. Utah was 3 for 6 on the power play the last time they met Idaho on Jan. 21.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 49-38 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 54-39.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .651. The Idaho Steelheads have the second best win rate at .648.

2 goal games for Utah this season.

Caleb Herbert – 5 times. Matt Berry and JT Henke – 4 times

Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll and Mike Economos – 1 time.  

Good Team at Home

Utah is 14-7-1 at Maverik Center this season and have outscored opponents 73 to 53 at home.

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

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.

This 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.

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 Add 3 Players to Roster

02/06/2019 9:12 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Add Boikov, Nantel and Downing to Roster

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies have added Forwards Grayson Downing and Julien Nantel as well as Defenseman Sergei Boikov. They have all been assigned from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Nantel has appeared in 7 games for the Grizzlies this season, where he has scored 4 goals and 2 assists. Nantel was drafted in the 7th round, 204th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Downing has played in the American Hockey League since he joined the Iowa Wild for 5 games in the 2014-15 season. He has appeared in 13 games for the Eagles this season. His best year as a pro came in the 2015-16 season with the Iowa Wild, where he had 19 goals and 21 assists.

Boikov has played in 33 games this season for Colorado and has 6 assists. He appeared in 18 playoff games for the 2017 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles, where he had 3 goals and 7 assists. He also played in 7 regular season games for Colorado in the 2016-17 season, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist. Boikov was drafted in the 6th round, 161st overall of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.  

The Grizzlies begin a 6 game homestand on Wednesday, February 6th against the Idaho Steelheads. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or by phone at (801) 988-8000.

This 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. NHL Mascots Bailey from the LA Kings, SJ Sharkie from the San Jose Sharks and Bernie from the Colorado Avalanche.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler.

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). Special 1 pm face-off. 

Grizzlies Return Home For 6 Games

02/04/2019 11:15 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Return Home For 6 Games

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies return home after a successful 6 game road trip, where they went 4-1-1 and picked up 9 of 12 standings points against division opponents.

The Grizzlies face the division rival Idaho Steelheads in a battle for first place in the Mountain Division on February 6th, 8th and 9th. Idaho currently leads the division with 61 standings points and a winning percentage of .663. Utah is in second place with 59 points and a .656 winning percentage.

Idaho has won 5 of the 9 season meetings with Utah, in what is arguably the toughest rivalry in the league.

Utah split a 2 game series at Kansas City, winning 5-1 on January 25th and losing 4-3 on January 26th. Kansas City will visit Utah for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler on Feb. 15-16 as well as the President’s Day 1 pm Maverik Monday on Feb. 18.

Jake Marchment and Joe Cannata were outstanding in Tulsa and played a big role in the Grizzlies sweeping a 2 game series at BOK Center against a good Oilers team. Jake Marchment had 1 goal and 1 assist and Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots in the 2-1 win on January 29th. Marchment has 2 goals the next night in a 4-2 victory.

In Wichita, it was the Ryan Walters and Mike Economos show for the Grizzlies. Walters had 2 goals in each of the 2 games at INTRUST Bank Arena and Economos had 3 power play goals for the weekend, 1 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Kevin Carr got the shutout in a 4-0 win on February 1st. It was the 7th shutout by Grizzlies goaltenders this season and the 3rd by Carr. The next night the Grizzlies led 4-1 after 2 periods of play but 3 unanswered Wichita goals forced OT and the Thunder scored early in the extra session to take the extra standings point.

For tickets go to utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

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.

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).

Games This Week

February 6th – Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM HD-2.

February 8th – Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM HD-2.

February 9th – Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0-1. 

Grizzlies won 2-1 on January 29th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 4-2 on January 30th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 5-1 at Wichita on February 1st. Grizzlies lost 5-4 in overtime on February 2nd.  

Overall record: 27-13-4-1

Home record: 14-7-1

Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Idaho on Feb. 6, 8-9)

Last 10 games: Utah is 5-4-1 

Goals per game: 3.49 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.80 (5th). 

Shots per game: 31.49 (15th). 

Shots against per game: 28.40 (4th). 

Power play: 22.3 % (2nd). 

Penalty Kill: 85.7 % (2nd). 

Individual notes: Ryan Walters has 4 goals in his last 2 games. Mike Economos has 3 power play goals in his last 2 games. Jake Marchment had 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. He is currently with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Caleb Herbert is tied for 2nd with 49 points. 

Team notes: Grizzlies power play is a perfect 4 for 4 in the last 2 games. Utah is 2nd in the league on both the power play and penalty kill. Utah completed a 6 game road trip with a 4-1-1 record. 

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday, Feb. 1. Carr has a record of 14-5-2 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Games This Week

January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 2-1. Jake Marchment 1 goal, 1 assist. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Josh Anderson GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. It was Anderson’s first professional goal.

January 30th – Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 4-2. Jake Marchment 2 goals. Eric Freschi GWG with 9:17 left in the third. Tim McGauley scored his 14th goal of the season. Joe Cannata 25 for 27 saves.

February 1st – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – Utah won 4-0. Kevin Carr 31 for 31. Carr’s 3rd shutout of the season. Ryan Walters scored 2 goals. Mike Economos and Joey Raats added goals. Eric Freschi and Jake Marchment each had 2 assists.

February 2nd – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – Wichita won 5-4 in OT. Ryan Walters and Mike Economos each had 2 goals. JT Henke had 2 assists. Kevin Carr 30 for 35 saves.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days                                    

Goaltender Joe Cannata, Defenseman Kevin Davis and Forward Tim McGauley were each sent to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles after the January 30th game at Tulsa. McGauley had 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games for Colorado last weekend at Tucson. Davis had 2 assists for Colorado on Feb. 2 at Tucson. The Grizzlies added forward Mitch Maxwell to the lineup on February 1st at Wichita. Maxwell had 1 assist last weekend. He appeared in 20 games for the Grizzlies in the 2017-18 season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. Maxwell is a returned LDS missionary, having served from 2011-2013. 

Thunder Defeat Grizzlies 5-4 in OT

02/02/2019 10:23 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Thunder Defeat Grizzlies 5-4 in OT

Wichita, Kansas – Mike Economos and Ryan Walters each scored 2 goals for the Utah Grizzlies, who had a 4-1 lead heading into the third period but 4 unanswered goals by Wichita, including the game winner by Jakob Stukel gives the Thunder a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday night at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Utah finished a perfect 2 for 2 on the power play tonight, which means that the Grizzlies were a perfect 4 for 4 on the power play in 2 games in Wichita. Mike Economos got Utah on the board with his 5th goal of the season 8:09 into the contest with a power play goal.

Wichita made it a 1-1 game as Steven Fournier scored his 7th of the season 10:13 into the second period. 9 seconds later Ryan Walters scored his 10th goal of the season. Later in the period, Economos scored his second power play goal of the game. With 51 seconds left in the second frame Walters scored his second goal of the game. Utah led 4-1 after 40 minutes of play.

The Thunder got third period goals from Lane Bauer, Jakob Stukel and Travis Brown tied up the game 4-4 with 2:51 left in regulation. Wichita won it in overtime as Stukel scored the game winner.

Utah got 9 out of 12 standings points on the concluded 6 game road trip. The Wichita win was the first time they have defeated the Grizzlies in the season series. Utah had won each of the first 7 games vs Wichita this season.

Utah returns home for a 6 game homestand on Wednesday, February 6th against the Idaho Steelheads. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com. 

Grizzlies Conclude Road Trip Saturday at Wichita

02/02/2019 2:12 PM - Tyson Whiting

 The Utah Grizzlies will take on the Wichita Thunder on Saturday night to end the 6 game road trip. The game can be heard on ESPN 700 at 6:00 pm mountain time. 

Grizzlies, Carr Shut Out Wichita 4-0

Utah shut out Wichita 4-0 as Kevin Carr stopped all 31 shots on goal. Ryan Walters scored 2 goals for the Grizzlies and Mike Economos and Joey Raats each tallied goals for Utah in the win. The Grizzlies were a perfect 2 for 2 on the power play. Eric Freschi and Jake Marchment each had 2 assists.

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday. Carr has a record of 14-5-1 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Welcome Back Mitch Maxwell

Forward Mitch Maxwell returns to the Grizzlies roster. He played in 20 games for Utah in the 2017-18 season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. He was a plus-4 for Utah in that time. Maxwell is a returned LDS missionary, and played his college hockey at the University of Lethbridge from 2014-2018. Maxwell got in a fight in the third period in his first game back with Utah. Maxwell had 2 shots on goal and was a +1. Mitch wore number 13 for Utah.

3 Players Headed to Colorado

Goaltender Joe Cannata, Defenseman Kevin Davis and Forward Tim McGauley were each sent to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata stopped 61 of 64 shots in his last 2 games, both Grizzlies wins. Kevin Davis had 2 assists on Jan. 30 at Tulsa. Davis has 1 goal and 18 assists on the season. McGauley is 2nd on the team with 14 goals on the season and 6 of those goals have come on the power play.

Injuries on the Trip

Defenseman Nolan De Jong was hurt last Saturday vs Kansas City and is not with the team. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 2nd in the league with 23 goals on the season, 2 behind Allen’s Zach Pochiro who has 25. Herbert has played in 33 games, while Pochiro has played in 42. Herbert is 4th in the league with 47 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 11 major penalties.

Who’s Been Hot Lately. Jake Marchment Loves Playing Against Tulsa and Wichita

Jake Marchment has 6 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games. Marchment has been very tough vs Tulsa this season as he has 6 goals and 1 assist in 5 games vs the Oilers. Marchment has also been outstanding against Wichita as he has 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games.

Eric Freschi is also on a good stretch, where he has 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games.

Games This Week

January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 2-1. Jake Marchment 1 goal, 1 assist. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Josh Anderson GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. It was Anderson’s first professional goal.

January 30th – Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 4-2. Jake Marchment 2 goals. Eric Freschi GWG with 9:17 left in the third. Tim McGauley scored his 14th goal of the season. Joe Cannata 25 for 27 saves.

February 1st – Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder – Utah won 4-0. Kevin Carr 31 for 31. Carr’s 3rd shutout of the season. Ryan Walters scored 2 goals. Mike Economos and Joey Raats added goals. Eric Freschi and Jake Marchment each had 2 assists.

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

Overall record: 27-13-3-1

Home record: 14-7-1

Road record: 13-6-2-1

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

Last 10 games:

Goals per game: 3.48 (6th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.75 (5th). 

Shots per game: 31.73 (15th). 

Shots against per game: 28.23 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.5 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.6 % (4th). 

Biggest Crowd of the Year

10,529 fans attended the Grizzlies 4-1 win last Saturday on Guns N Hoses night. It was the biggest crowd of the season. Over 16 thousand dollars were raised in the jersey auction.

Grizzlies vs Thunder

Utah has won each of the 7 season meetings between the two teams. The Grizzlies outscored Wichita 15-10 in a 3 game sweep at Wichita in early November. Just like this week in Tulsa, Jake Marchment starred for Utah. He has 4 goals and 6 assists against the Thunder this season. Caleb Herbert has only played in 3 games vs Wichita due to AHL call-ups. He has 3 goals and 1 assist, including a game winner in Overtime on November 4th at Wichita. Austin Carroll won’t be in the lineup for Utah, which is tough because he has 5 goals and 3 assists vs the Thunder this year. Jack Walker had a great weekend for Utah vs Wichita in early January at Maverik Center. Walker scored the OT GWG 1:36 into the extra session. Walker had 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games. Walker is also out of the lineup for Utah due to injury. Kevin Carr started and won 5 of the 7 games in net for Utah.

Watch Out for Special Teams

The Grizzlies are 11 for 31 on the power play vs Wichita this season. Utah’s penalty kill is 21 for 24 vs Wichita. Utah won the battle of the special teams earlier this week in Tulsa. Utah was 2 for 9 on the PP last 2 games, while the penalty kill was a perfect 10 for 10. Utah is 4 for 11 on the power play the last 3 games and a perfect 13 for 13, including 2 PK’s where Utah was at a 5 on 3 disadvantage.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 49-38 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 54-39.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .659. The Idaho Steelheads have the second best win rate at .656.

2 goal games for Utah this season.

Caleb Herbert – 5 times. Matt Berry and JT Henke – 4 times

Cole Ully and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll and Ryan Walters – 1 time.  

Good Team at Home

Utah is 14-7-1 at Maverik Center this season and have outscored opponents 73 to 53 at home.

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

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.

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.

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). 

Carr, Grizzlies Shuts Out Wichita 4-0

02/01/2019 10:11 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Carr, Grizzlies Shut Out Thunder 4-0

Wichita, Kansas – Kevin Carr collected his third shutout of the season as he stopped all 31 shots in the Utah Grizzlies 4-0 win over the Wichita Thunder on Friday night at INTRUST Bank Arena.

The Grizzlies were a perfect 2 for 2 on the power play. Ryan Walters got Utah on the board with his 8th goal of the season on the power play 8:49 into the contest.

It stayed a 1-0 game for the next 37 minutes of game time as both Kevin Carr and the Grizzlies defense did an outstanding job of keeping the Thunder off the scoreboard. Thunder goaltender Ty Rimmer was also solid through 2 periods of play.

The Grizzlies extended the lead as Mike Economos scored a power play goal 6:14 into the third period on a great pass from JT Henke. The first 5 on 5 goal of the game scored on a Joey Raats breakaway. The rookie from Arizona State got his second goal of the season. Ryan Walters extended the lead with his second goal of the game 11:17 into the third period. Walters has 9 goals and 19 assists on the season.

Jake Marchment and Eric Freschi each had 2 assists for the Grizzlies, who have the best winning percentage in the Mountain Division at .659 %.

Utah is now 4-1 on the current 5 game road trip and are on a current 3 game winning streak. The Grizzlies have won each of their first 7 meetings this season with Wichita.

Saturday night concludes the 6 game road trip as the Grizzlies take on the Thunder in game 2 of the 2 game weekend series. Face-off is at 6:00 pm mountain time. The game can be heard on ESPN 700.

3 stars of the game

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

2.      2.  Ryan Walters (Utah) – 2 goals, 9 shots on goal.

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

Grizzlies Notes: Feb. 1 at Wichita

02/01/2019 2:55 PM - Tyson Whiting

The Utah Grizzlies are in Wichita to face the Thunder on Friday and Saturday night to complete a 6 game road trip. Tonight's game will be at 6:00 pm mountain time and can be heard on Classic Country 1370, 104.3 FM HD-2, cc1370.com. 

 Grizzlies Sweep Oilers With 2 Close Wins

The Grizzlies swept the Tulsa Oilers in a 2 game road series and have taken 3 of the first 4 games of the road trip. Utah won 2-1 on January 29th as Jake Marchment had 1 goal and 1 assist and Josh Anderson scored his first professional goal. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Utah won 4-2 on January 30th as Jake Marchment scored twice and Eric Freschi scored the GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. Tim McGauley also scored a first period power play goal. Caleb Herbert and Kevin Davis each had 2 assists for the Grizzlies.

Welcome Back Mitch Maxwell

Forward Mitch Maxwell returns to the Grizzlies roster. He played in 20 games for Utah in the 2017-18 season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. He was a plus-4 for Utah in that time. Maxwell is a returned LDS missionary, and played his college hockey at the University of Lethbridge from 2014-2018.

3 Players Headed to Colorado

Goaltender Joe Cannata, Defenseman Kevin Davis and Forward Tim McGauley were each sent to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata stopped 61 of 64 shots in his last 2 games, both Grizzlies wins. Kevin Davis had 2 assists on Jan. 30 at Tulsa. Davis has 1 goal and 18 assists on the season. McGauley is 2nd on the team with 14 goals on the season and 6 of those goals have come on the power play.

Injuries on the Trip

Defenseman Nolan De Jong was hurt last Saturday vs Kansas City and is not with the team. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert has scored 4 goals in his last 6 games. He is 2nd in the league with 23 goals on the season, 2 behind Allen’s Zach Pochiro who has 25. Herbert has played in 33 games, while Pochiro has played in 41. Herbert is 4th in the league with 47 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 11 major penalties.

Who’s Been Hot Lately. Jake Marchment Loves Playing Against Tulsa

Jake Marchment has 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games. Marchment has been very tough vs Tulsa this season as he has 6 goals and 1 assist in 5 games vs the Oilers.

Eric Freschi is also on a good stretch, where he has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games.

Games This Week

January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 2-1. Jake Marchment 1 goal, 1 assist. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Josh Anderson GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. It was Anderson’s first professional goal.

January 30th – Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers – Utah won 4-2. Jake Marchment 2 goals. Eric Freschi GWG with 9:17 left in the third. Tim McGauley scored his 14th goal of the season. Joe Cannata 25 for 27 saves.

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.

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: 26-13-3-1

Home record: 14-7-1

Road record: 12-6-2-1

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. Wichita is 3-6-1 in their last 10.  

Goals per game: 3.47 (6th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.81 (5th). 

Shots per game: 31.67 (14th). 

Shots against per game: 28.16 (3rd). 

Power play: 20.9 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.3 % (4th). 

Biggest Crowd of the Year

10,529 fans attended the Grizzlies 4-1 win last Saturday on Guns N Hoses night. It was the biggest crowd of the season. Over 16 thousand dollars were raised in the jersey auction.

Grizzlies vs Thunder

Utah has won each of the 6 previous season meetings between the two teams. The Grizzlies outscored Wichita 15-10 in a 3 game sweep at Wichita in early November. Just like this week in Tulsa, Jake Marchment starred for Utah. He has 4 goals and 5 assists against the Thunder this season. Caleb Herbert has only played in 2 games vs Wichita due to AHL call-ups. He has 3 goals, including a game winner in Overtime on November 4th at Wichita. Austin Carroll won’t be in the lineup for Utah, which is tough because he has 5 goals and 3 assists vs the Thunder this year. Jack Walker had a great weekend for Utah vs Wichita in early January at Maverik Center. Walker scored the OT GWG 1:36 into the extra session. Walker had 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games. Walker is also out of the lineup for Utah due to injury. Kevin Carr started and won 4 of the 6 games in net for Utah.

Watch Out for Special Teams

The Grizzlies are 9 for 29 on the power play vs Wichita this season. Utah’s penalty kill is 18 for 21 vs Wichita. Utah won the battle of the special teams earlier this week in Tulsa. Utah was 2 for 9 on the PP last 2 games, while the penalty kill was a perfect 10 for 10.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 48-38 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 54-39.

Plus-Minus Leaders

Taylor Richart leads the team with a +14 on the year. Richart has 6 goals and 10 assists on the year. Cole Ully and Kevin Davis are a +13.  Caleb Herbert and Matt Berry are each a +12.

Halfway Home

Utah finished the first half with a record of 22-10-3-1.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .651. The Idaho Steelheads have the second best win rate at .648.

Good Team at Home

Utah is 14-7-1 at Maverik Center this season and have outscored opponents 73 to 53 at home.

Grizzlies & Thunder Connections

Thunder forward Ralph Cuddemi was the leading scorer for Utah in the 2016-17 season with 27 goals and 25 assists. Cuddemi is having his 3rd straight great season in the ECHL as he has 18 goals and 17 assists in 44 games for the Thunder. Wichita defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst played in 14 games for Utah in the 2016-17 season. Grizzlies forward Eric Freschi played in 6 games for Wichita early in the 2018-19 season. Freschi has 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 games for Utah this year, including a game winner with 9:17 left in the third period on January 30th at Tulsa. 

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