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Game Day Blog Entry: March 27

03/27/2015 8:47 AM - Adrian Denny

1 Day’s Rest

-Utah is 8-1-0-1 at home and 12-3-1-1 over this year playing on one days rest as they return to action after Wednesday's season opener.
Paquette Returns
-Danick Paquette returned to the Utah lineup after missing 16-straight games on Wednesday.
Rookies Rolling
-H.T. Lenz has two goals and one assist in the last two games.
-Cam Wojtala has one goal and one assist in his last two.
-Utah has outshot their opposition in three-straight games and is 10-2 at home and 14-6-1-0 overall when outshooting the opposition.
-In the last three games, 40 of Utah’s 48 skaters in the lineup have recorded at least a shot on goal.
-Utah has 13 shots or more in five of the last nine periods.
-Utah outshot Idaho 22-17 over the final two periods Wednesday after shots were 7-6 Idaho after one.
-Cam Wojtala leads Utah with 11 shots in the last two games.
-Mathieu Aubin has 17 shots in the last four games and at least four shots in four-straight games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 25

03/25/2015 8:37 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah and Idaho meet for the fourth time at Maverik Center and for the 10th time overall.

Versus Idaho
-Utah is 5-3-1-0 against Idaho and 2-1 against the Steelheads at Maverik Center.
-Tim Branham is 8-2-1-1 all-time against Idaho at Maverik Center.
-Five of eight games have been decided by a goal.
Both Power-plays in this seasons series have been ineffective against the other team’s penalty-kill.
-Utah is 4-41 on power-play versus Idaho this year and 34-39 on the penalty-kill.
-Utah scored three of their power-play goals in a 3-for-7 effort on October 18 on the second night of the year in Idaho.
-Igor Bobkov is 12-3 at Maverik Center this year and 19-4-1-1 in his last 25 Maverik Center starts dating back to last season.
-Bobkov is 7-2-1-0 all-time against Idaho.
Playoff Picture
-The Grizzlies currently sit three points above Alaska for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division. 
-Their magic number for clinching their ninth playoff berth in the last ten seasons is 16.  
-The number will decrease by two following every Utah win and each Alaska loss.
-Alaska won 8-4 Tuesday in Bakersfield and is in Stockton Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
-Rookie forward Alex MacMillan has been called-up to the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk after logging 2 assists in 5 games with Utah.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 21

03/21/2015 8:54 AM - Adrian Denny

-The Grizzlies play game two of the weekend with Bakersfield after a 3-1 win Friday. 

-Utah is 31-24-5-3 with nine games left in the regular season. 
-Utah enters tonight leading Alaska by five points for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
-The Aces play tonight in Ontario after losing 5-3 to Ontario Friday and 3-1 Wednesday.
-Utah hosts Idaho next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Alaska the following weekend.
-Utah ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 70 points and is one of four Pacific Division teams in the top five in the Western Conference.
-A win tonight guarantees Utah their eighth season of .500 or better in the last 10 years.
Last Night
-Brenden Walker scored three goals as Utah outshot Bakersfield 28-18 over the first two periods in the 3-1 win.
-Utah improved to 5-0 in their last five games after a two-game losing streak and 5-1-1-0 overall.
-Six Grizzlies had three shots or more with Brenden Walker leading the way with five shots while Mathieu Aubin, Barry Almeida, H.T. Lenz and T.J. Syner all had four.
-Igor Bobkov stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win.
-Brenden Walker scored all three Utah goals last night for Utah’s second hat trick of the year after Kevin Lind scored three goals on January 9.
-Walker now has five goals and three assists with Utah in four games and also in two games against Bakersfield.
-He has scored five goals on 13 shots with the Grizzlies and five goals on nine shots against Bakersfield.
-His hat trick last night was Utah’s sixth empty-net goal this year and the most Utah has had since 2010-2011 when they had seven.
-Mathieu Aubin has scored in five of the last six games and in 35 of his last 47 games.
-He now leads the team with 36 assists and has 58 points on 22 goals in 63 games.
-He has 15 multiple-point games in the last 35 that he has scored in and in 15 of his last 47 games played.
-He leads Utah with 16 multiple-point games.
-Aubin has 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in 12 games against Bakersfield this year.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 20

03/20/2015 8:53 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah enters tonight leading Alaska by three points for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division.

-The Aces play tonight and tomorrow in Ontario to continue a ten-game road trip that started with a 3-1 loss in Ontario Wednesday.
-Utah hosts Idaho next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Alaska the following weekend.
-Dating back to December 10, Utah is 4-0 when on a two-game losing streak and 4-1-1-0 this year after two-straight losses. 
-Utah is 7-3-1-0 this year against the Condors.
-Utah has more wins against Bakersfield than any other team in the division.
-Mathieu Aubin has scored ten of his 22 goals against Bakersfield this year.
-Utah has scored five goals or more in seven of eleven games against the Condors this year.
Good Starts
-Utah has outscored the opposition 14-5 in the first period over the last 13 games and 14-3 before Sunday’s first period in Ontario.
Power-Play At Home
-Utah went 5-25 for a 20-percent clip on their previous six-game home stand that saw them go 4-2.
-Utah went 2-7 on the power-play February 6 and 7 against Bakersfield at home and 3 for 3 last Friday in the 8-3 win.
-Utah is 19 for 20 on the penalty-kill at home this year against the Condors. 
Scoring First/Leading After 1
-Utah is 22-5-4-2 and 12-2-1-1 at home when scoring first.
-Utah is 8-1-1-1 at home an 17-2-4-1 when leading after one period.
Recent Call-Ups
-Rookie defenseman Kevin Lind was recalled by the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk last week before California.
-Leading scorer Michael Pelech was called up by Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester 2 weeks ago.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 15

03/15/2015 10:31 AM - Adrian Denny

Only once all season has Utah or Ontario won two-straight games against the other as the teams meet for the 11th and final time in the regular season today.

For Utah, the season series has gone win on November 8, loss on November 14, win November 15, win on November 17, shootout
loss on January 19, overtime win on March 6, loss on March 7, win on March 9 and loss last night. The Grizzlies will look to keep that trend going this afternoon. 
Two-straight games in Ontario have been decided 2-1 and three of the last four here haven’t seen more than two goals scored in regulation scored by either team.
Last night’s 2-1 loss was the first time the Grizzlies haven’t led in a game for over a month and spanned 16-straight games without trailing. Before last night, Utah hadn’t not led in a game since February 4 at Idaho. Utah has had at least one lead in 29 of the 32 games that they have played so far in 2015.
A win today gives Utah their fifth-straight weekend of taking a minimum of two out of three wins.
Alex Krushelnyski has scored in four-straight games and in nine of the last ten, tallying three goals and seven assists in that stretch.

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