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Grizzlies Preview: Jan. 8, 2021 Utah at Tulsa

Friday, January 8th
Grizzlies Preview: Jan. 8, 2021 Utah at Tulsa

Utah Grizzlies (4-1, 8 points) at Tulsa Oilers (2-3-0-1, 5 points)January 8, 2021 | 6:05 PM | Game #6 | BOK Center   Referees: Eric Krasnichuk (# 18)Linesmen: Dan Kovachik (# 61), Michael Miggans (# 47)

Where to See and Hear the Game  

You can catch every game on Flohockey.TV, the new home for ECHL.TV. The games can also be heard on Mixlr, the new broadcast home for Grizzlies hockey.

Watch Live:  https://www.flohockey.tv/Listen Live: https://mixlr.com/utah-grizzlies

Tulsa, Oklahoma – It’s the 1st of a 3 game series between the Grizzlies and Oilers. Utah went 5-1 against Tulsa last season, including a 2-1 record at BOK Center. Returning forward Joe Wegwerth scored 3 goals against Tulsa on December 27th, 2019, a game Utah won 6-1.  

Grizzlies Among Lead in Team Stats

The Grizzlies are 2nd in fewest shots allowed per game at 28.60. They are also tied for the number 1 power play unit in the league at 26.3 % (5 for 19). Utah leads the league in shorthanded goals with 3.

This Week’s Transactions

The Grizzlies signed forward AJ White, who was the captain of the Idaho Steelheads for the past 2 seasons. It’s White’s 5th full professional season. Last season White had 15 goals and 26 assists in 61 games for Idaho. White played in all 72 regular season games and had 16 goals and 35 assists in the 2019-20 season.

On January 7th the Grizzlies added Matthew Boucher to the roster. He played the last 2 seasons with the University of New Brunswick and scored 31 goals and 29 assists in 57 games and was a +32 over the 2 year span. In the QMJHL he had 3 great seasons for the Quebec Remparts from 2016-2018. He is the son of Philippe Boucher, who played in 748 games in the NHL and ended his career with the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Grizzlies released forwards Jared Pike, Brayden Gelsinger and defenseman Edwin Hookenson.

Finally… Someone Other Than Rapid City

The Grizzlies played Rapid City for 7 straight games, dating all the way back to the last 2 games of the 2019-20 season on March 6th and 7th. Utah played the Rush 5 times to start the 2020-21 season. Originally the schedule had Tulsa playing at Utah on December 18th and 19th but the series was postponed to a later date that is still to be determined. Tonight is the first time since February 29th, 2020 where the Grizzlies are playing someone other than Rapid City. In total it’s been 314 days. The last game against someone other than RC was a 4-0 loss to the Idaho Steelheads on leap day.

Many Contributed to Grizzlies Sweep Last Week

The Grizzlies swept Rapid City in a 3 game sweep last week. Utah won 6-3 on December 31st behind 2 goal performances from Joe Wegwerth and Ian Scheid and a 1 goal and 2 assist game from Jack Jenkins. On New Year’s Day Utah got a game winning goal from Scheid with 4:59 left in regulation to win 4-3. January 2nd saw Yuri Terao score on a Rush turnover 1:32 into the third period to lead Utah to a 3-2 win.

It was a great weekend for former Notre Dame teammates Joe Wegwerth, who had 3 goals and 1 assist and was a +3 for Utah and Jack Jenkins, who had 3 goals and 2 assists and was a +5. It was a great weekend for Ian Scheid, who had 3 goals and 1 assist. Those were his first 3 professional goals as the rookie from Minnesota State-Mankato had a solid weekend. Pat Cannone had 1 goal and 3 assists on the weekend and Matt Abt, Trey Bradley and Diego Cuglietta each had 3 points to contribute to the sweep.

Ian Scheid Delivered a New Year’s Game Winner

Rookie Defenseman Ian Scheid scores the game winning goal with 4:59 left in regulation to give the Grizzlies a 4-3 win over Rapid City on Friday night at Maverik Center. Scheid had 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games last weekend.  

Parker Gahagen Looked Good in Utah Debut

Gahagen saved 28 of 30 shots in Utah’s 3-2 win on January 2nd, 2021. Gahagen was great for Newfoundland last year, going 10-4 with a 1.81 Goals Against Average and a .939 save percentage.

Peyton Jones Solid in Goal

Jones has started all 4 games for the Grizzlies this season. He is 3-1 with a .885 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average. The rookie out of Penn State broke several school records, including games, minutes, wins and saves. His 42 Big Ten wins are a conference record. Jones has an AHL contract with the Colorado Eagles.

Current Point Streaks

Diego Cuglietta has a point in all 5 games this season. Joe Wegwerth, Jack Jenkins, Ian Scheid and Pat Cannone each have a point in 3 straight games.

2020-21 Roster

Forwards: Matthew Boucher, Trey Bradley, Pat Cannone, Diego Cuglietta, Charlie Gerard, Matt Hoover, Christian Horn, Jack Jenkins, Mitch Maxwell, Cedric Pare, Yuri Terao, Joe Wegwerth. AJ White,

Defenseman: Matt Abt, Miles Gendron, Tanner Jago, Garrett Johnston, Alex Lepkowski, Kris Myllari, Ian Scheid, Teigan Zahn.

Goaltenders: Brad Barone, Parker Gahagen, Peyton Jones.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tim Branham – 253 wins over 7 + seasons. The winningest coach in team history.

Assistant Coach: Ryan Kinasewich – 4th season as assistant coach. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points.

Equipment Manager: Matthew Schwegmann – 2nd season in Utah, 3rd in ECHL and 4th professionally.

Athletic Trainer: Collin Lee: First year Grizzlies trainer.

2020-2021 Regular Season Totals (league rankings)

Overall record: 4-1

Home record: 3-0.

Road record: 1-1.

Streak: Won 4 in a row.

Last 10 games: Utah is 5-2-2-1 (Including Last Season)

Goals per game: 4.00 (3rd in the league). 20 goals in 5 games.

Goals against per game: 3.00 (Tied for 5th). 

Shots per game: 34.69 (3rd).

Shots against per game: 28.60 (1st).

Power Play: 26.3 % - 5 for 19 (Tied for 1st).

Penalty Kill: 81.3 % - 13 for 16 (11th).

Record When Scoring First: 2-1.  Utah has scored first in three of the first four games.

First Goal

Win

Loss

Utah Grizzlies

3

1

Opposition

1

0

Team Leaders (2020-21 season)

Goals: Joe Wegwerth (4)

Assists: Diego Cuglietta (6)

Points: Cuglietta (7)

Plus/Minus: Jack Jenkins, Matt Abt (+5)

PIM: Joe Wegwerth (16)

Power Play Points: Wegwerth/Scheid (3)

Shots on Goal: Charlie Gerard (26) 5.20 shots per game.

Shooting Percentage: Jenkins/Wegwerth/Scheid (25.0 %) Minimum 4 shots.

Game Winning Goals: Cuglietta, Wegwerth, Scheid, Terao (1)

Wins: Peyton Jones (3)

Save %: Parker Gahagen (.933)

Goals Against Average: Gahagen (2.01).

Scoring

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

SO

TOTAL

Shots

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

TOTAL

Utah Grizzlies

9

5

6

0

0

20

Utah Grizzlies

73

58

42

0

173

Opposition

3

7

5

0

0

15

Opposition

43

56

44

0

143

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