Game Day Blog

Game Day Blog Entry: November 22

11/22/2014 10:22 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look for their fourth-straight win and their fourth win in eight nights tonight in Colorado.

 
4-2 goaltender Ryan Faragher has stopped 49 of 50 shots this week and 81 of 84 in his last three starts over the last nine days. He currently ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 2.11 goals-against-average. His .921 save percentage is just outside of the top five.
 
On the heels of his shorthanded game-winning goal Wednesday night, Alex Krushelnyski was called up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk for the second time this year. He had three shots last night in the Admiral’s 2-1 loss to Portland.
 
With the call-up, the Grizzlies will have a lineup addition tonight that will be announced at game time.  
 
Anaheim has also reassigned goaltender Etienne Marcoux to Rapid City as Utah had been carrying three goalies.
The Grizzlies second ranked power-play in the ECHL hasn’t scored in three-straight games, mainly because they have only had seven combined power-play situations. Utah’s second best penalty-kill is 27 for their last 28.
 
Friday was a rare night off for everyone in the Pacific Division as several buildings had prescheduled concerts and other events.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: November 19

11/19/2014 11:27 AM - Adrian Denny

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Grizzlies look to continue their 2-1-0-2 stretch tonight starting a Wednesday, Saturday series in Colorado.

 
Utah is 4-1 when allowing 30 shots or less this year and 3-0-1-2 when they score the game’s first goal. T.J. Syner has scored Utah’s first goal in a game four times this year. 
 
After only five power-play chances in the last two games, Utah’s power-play has dropped to third in the ECHL, while the penalty-kill remains second. 
 
The Grizzlies are 4-2-0-1 against the rest of the ECHL and 1-3-1-1 against the Eagles. Colorado has not played since a 3-2 overtime win against the Grizzlies last Tuesday, while the Grizzlies went 2-1 against Ontario during that span. Utah’s lone road loss this year also came in Colorado as they are 2-1-0-1 away from home so far.
 
Taylor Vause, the leading scorer in the Colorado/Utah series so far with five goals and three assists for eight points in six games was called-up to the AHL earlier this week.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: November 17

11/17/2014 10:47 AM - Adrian Denny

This Week

-The Grizzlies play game four of a four-game home stand looking for five of eight points and currently being 1-1-0-1
-The Grizzlies wrap up four games in seven nights at home tonight and won’t return home until Monday, December 1.
-Utah opens a four-game road stretch Wednesday and Saturday in Colorado.
 
The Latest
-Utah is 2-1-0-2 in their last five games.
 
To The Road
-After opening the season with nine of their first 13 games at home, the Grizzlies will now play 12 of 15 games on the road starting Wednesday
 
Versus Ontario
-Utah is 2-1 this year against the Reign and 4-2-0-1 over the last seven games against the Reign the last two seasons.
-Utah has played some of their best hockey against Ontario this year with several season highs sent in two games against the Reign.
-Four goals in regulation Saturday and four goals in the third period were season highs.
-A 4-2 win Saturday was Utah’s largest margin of victory this year.
-Utah scored 1:00 in to the game on November 8 which was the Grizzlies fastest goal to start a game.
-18 shots allowed to Ontario on November 8 was a season low for the Grizzlies.
-Both Utah wins versus the Reign have come when trailing after two periods.
-However 18 shots Friday and 3 in the third period were season lows.
 
Special Teams
-Utah ranks second in the ECHL on the power-play and second on the penalty-kill.
-Saturday ended a stretch of 10-straight games with a power-play goal.
-Toledo is the only other ECHL team to be in the top five on the power-play and penalty-kill and they lead the ECHL in both categories.
-Utah is tied for the league lead with three power-play goals scored at home, but four goals allowed shorthanded is the most in the league.
-Barry Almeida (two goals, five assists) and Vinny Scarsella (one goal, six assists) each have seven power-play points for the Grizzlies.
-Seven of Almeida’s ten points have come on the power-play, seven of Scarsella’s eight points have come on the power-play.
-Utah is 19 for their last 20 on the penalty-kill and 13-13 on the PK against Ontario.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 15

11/15/2014 9:41 AM - Adrian Denny

The Latest

-The Grizzlies play game three of a four-game home stand after losing in a shootout 4-3 to Colorado Tuesday and 3-2 to Ontario Friday.
-Utah hosts Ontario tonight and Monday to complete four games in seven nights at home.
-Utah has skated to two-straight scoreless first periods with their opposition to start the week.
-Utah is 1-0-1-1 when leading after one period.
 
Special Teams
-The Grizzlies power-play has scored a goal in ten-straight games and is second in the ECHL with a 23.2-percent conversation rate.
-Utah is four for their last ten on the power-play.
-Barry Almeida (two goals, five assists) and Vinny Scarsella (one goal, six assists) each have seven power-play points for the Grizzlies.
-Seven of Almeida’s nine points have come on the power-play, seven of Scarsella’s eight points have come on the power-play.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is fourth of 28 teams in the league with an 89.3-percent kill rate.
-Utah is 16 for their last 17 on the penalty-kill and 10-10 on the PK against Ontario.
 
-Vinny Scarsella, Mike Colavecchia and Barry Almeida lead Utah with two multiple-point games.
 
-Barry Almeida has three goals and two assists in the last five games and a three-game scoring streak.
-Vinny Scarsella has five assists in his last five games and a three-game scoring streak.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: November 14

11/14/2014 10:49 AM - Adrian Denny
This Week
-The Grizzlies play game two of a four-game home stand after losing in a shootout 4-3 to Colorado Tuesday.
-Utah hosts Ontario tonight, Saturday and Monday to complete four games in seven nights at home.
 
Three-Straight
-The Grizzlies are riding their second three-game unbeaten streak of the year at 1-0-0-2 over the last seven nights.
 
Comings And Goings
-Defenseman Marc Cantin was called up to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday after totaling two goals and two assists in ten games for Utah.
-The team has reloaded on  d by completing a trade with Greenville and acquiring second year pro Jacob Johnston who had one goal and three assists for four points in 10 games with the Road Warriors. He had five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 51 games last year with Evansville.
-The Grizzlies have also signed Gentry Zollars who had one goal and four assists for five points in 19 games last year here.
 
Three Goaltenders
-With Etienne Marcoux and Ryan Faragher back from the AHL, the Grizzlies are now carrying three goaltenders with Joe Howe, who has lost his first two starts in shootouts, but still leads the team with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage having stopped 60 of 64 shots.
 
Injuries
-The Grizzlies have been bitten hard by injuries early this year with three defensemen in Kevin Ryan, Channing Boe and Mike Folkes all on 21-Day-IR.
-Forwards Danick Paquette, Brent Gwidt and Johnny Searfoss remain day to day.
-Folkes was hurt last Saturday and Ontario’s Rocco Carzo serves game two of a two game suspension tonight as a result. 
 
Power-Play
-The Grizzlies power-play has scored a goal in nine-straight games and are fourth in the ECHL with a 23.2-percent conversation rate.
-Utah’s penalty-kill is ninth of 28 teams in the league with an 88.5-percent kill rate.
 
Ontario, California or Canada?
-The Grizzlies have not seen a lot of Ontario over the last two seasons, playing the Reign three times in Utah in November last year and making one trip to the Inland Empire on February 10.
-Utah went 2-1-0-1 against Ontario last year.
-Utah beat the Reign 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in the first meeting between the two teams that started a stretch of four of five games against each other.
-They held the Reign to a season-low 18 shots on goal, including only three shots on goal in the second period. 
-Outshooting Ontario 27-18 gave Utah their biggest shot differential of the year. 
 
Scoring
-Michael Pelech has scored a goal in five of six home games and in six of ten games overall.
-Pelech, with seven goals, is tied for fifth in the ECHL.
-H.T. Lenz has a goal in two-straight games.
-Barry Almeida has two goals and two assists in the last four games.
-Vinny Scarsella has three assists in his last four games.
-Alex Krushelnyski has a four-game scoring streak with one goal and three assists and one goal and five assists for six points in seven games.
 
Scoring First etc.
-The Grizzlies have scored the first goal in three-straight games and are now 2-0-1-2 when scoring first this year. 
-T.J. Syner has scored Utah’s first goal three times this year. Utah is 1-0-1-1 when Syner scores the team’s first goal. 
-Utah has scored a first period goal in nine-straight games. 
-The Grizzlies have scored two goals in a period in four-straight games after having scored two goals in a period just twice in their first six games.
 
 
 

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