Game Day Blog Entry: December 17
12/17/2014 10:01 AM - Adrian Denny
Igor Bobkov will make his 14-15 home debut tonight after being assigned directly from Anaheim last weekend. He last appeared for the Grizzlies at Maverik Center on March 22 in a 4-1 win over Idaho. He went 8-1-1-1 in his last 11 starts at Maverik Center last year and 9-3-2-2 overall at home. Bobkov went 3-2 overall against Colorado last season.
Utah is 8-0-2-0 on Wednesday nights at home over the last two seasons.
Utah has played 10 of their last 12 games on the road and 14 of 25 games away from Maverik Center as they return home tonight looking for their 5th straight home win.
-Defenseman Matt Pelech was loaned to the Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester on Tuesday.
-A veteran of over 400 games, with all by 10 in the AHL or NHL, Pelech had two goals and six assists for eight points in ten games with the Grizzlies.
Game Day Blog Entry: December 14
12/14/2014 2:46 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have their two highest goal outputs of the season in their two games with Bakersfield. They scored a season-high six last night after putting up five goals against Bakersfield on November 29.
Both teams are wrapping up four games in five nights.
Utah has gotten off to good starts in both wins this week outscoring the opposition 5-1 in the first periods.
Mathieu Aubin will be in the running for the ECHL’s Player of the Week award. Entering tonight, he is tied for the league lead in scoring for the week with four goals and three assists for seven points in three games and a plus-five. Aubin has three three-point games over the last four games and overall has nine goals and six assists for 15 points in his last eight games as he has scored in seven of them.
Jacob Johnston has joined Mathieu Aubin (six goals, five assists) with a five-game scoring streak as the defenseman has two goals and five assists in his last five.
Rookie Cam Wojtala had his first pro multiple-point game last night with two assists and has three assists in his last three games. He clanged a post early in the first period just missing his first professional goal.
Also, Kevin Lind had his first professional goal last night to make it 2-0 Utah in the first period.
Game Day Blog Entry: December 13
12/13/2014 11:50 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah and Bakersfield combined for 11 goals, including seven in the first period, in their first meeting two weeks ago as the Condors scored four of their six goals on the power-play and scored the game-winner four-on-four in overtime. Bakersfield’s only five-on-five goal came off of a third period turnover.
Five Grizzlies had multiple point games in that contest with Mathieu Aubin scoring two goals; Connor Hardowa and Vinny Scarsella each had one goal and one assist and Alex Krushelnyski and Matt Pelech each had two assists.
Mathieu Aubin has factored in on seven of the Grizzlies last eight goals with four goals and three assists.
He is second in the ECHL over the last eight days in scoring with four goals and four assists in four games.
Defenseman Jacob Johnston also brings a four-game scoring streak into tonight with two goals and three assists over the last eight days.
In Igor Bobkov’s return to the lineup last night, it was the first time in eight games that the Grizzlies have allowed two goals or less in a game. It was just the second time all year (5-2) that the Grizzlies have given up two goals or less in a game and lost.
The Grizzlies drew a season-high eight power-plays last night but hit a few posts and Ontario goaltender Jussi Olkinuora stole the show by making 27 of 28 saves as the Grizzlies doubled up the Reign in scoring chances.
Bakersfield’s three leading scorers and the top three rookie scorers in the ECHL are all in the AHL right now with Kellen and Connor Jones getting recalled yesterday and Josh Winquist going up last week.
Game Day Blog Entry: December 12
12/12/2014 11:34 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies will have Igor Bobkov in uniform tonight as he comes directly from the Anaheim Ducks. Bobkov was with the Ducks from November 3-5 and November 30 until yesterday.
The Grizzlies are opening three games in three nights for the first time this year and the first of three times on the season.
Ontario is wrapping up three games in three nights after playing in a shootout in Bakersfield last night and losing 4-3. They lost 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday at home to Bakersfield. The Grizzlies coaching staff was in Bakersfield last night to pre-scout the two opponents for the weekend as the team will be playing the Condors Friday and Saturday.
Michael Pelech’s scoring streak is now at eight games with three goals and eight assists. The longest current streak in the league is ten and a fourteen game point streak by Allen’s Jack Combs is the longest so far this season. It’s the Grizzlies longest scoring streak since Mitch Wahl scored in 11 consecutive games from January 6, 2013-February 9, 2013.
Mathieu Aubin has back to back three point games for the Grizzlies with three goals and three assists. He has six goals and four assists in his last six games. Aubin has factored in on six of the Grizzlies last seven goals and seven of the last nine over the last three games.
Game Day Blog Entry: December 10
12/10/2014 9:53 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies host Alaska tonight before hitting the road once again for California for Friday, Saturday, Sunday action as they begin to wrap up their current stretch of nine of 12 games on the road.
This is the first of ten meetings between Utah and Alaska, the first of four at Maverik Center and the first of five overall between now and January 7. Utah and Alaska each have 20 points in the standings with the Aces holding a game in hand.
The Grizzlies haven’t allowed a power-play goal in four-straight games and is 20 for their last 21 at five home over the last five games at home.
Utah is fourth in the ECHL on the PK at home at 91.3-percent.
The Grizzlies have added goaltender Daniel Spence who started the year in Sweden and played last year in Finland. He went 30-23 over three years at Nipissing University and 106-69-13 in five years of major junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL and Sarnia Sting of the OHL.