Game Day Blog Entry: March 8
03/08/2014 12:08 PM - Adrian Denny
David Vallorani leads all players in the Utah/Stockton series this year with four goals and five assists. Vinny Scarsella is second among all players with three goals.
This is Utah’s lone game in a 12-day stretch spanning from March 2-March 13.
Jamie MacQueen has a goal in at least two-straight games for the fifth time this year.
Six of the Grizzlies final 15 games and five of their final eight road games will be played in Stockton. Utah starts a stretch of five games in 22 nights in Stockton tonight that includes three separate trips. The Grizzlies will fly home tomorrow, before flying back Thursday for games at Stockton Arena Friday and Saturday of next week.
Last year on this date, the Grizzlies started a ten-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1-5) with a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado at home. The streak went from March 8-March 29.
The Grizzlies road record, which entering business on December 27 was 1-10 is now 11-14-1-1 and 11-10-1-1 in games not played in Stockton.
Utah is 28-20-3-5 on the year in the fourth spot of the saturated Western Conference. Stockton is 27-22-0-5 and sixth.
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Game Day Blog Entry: March 1
03/01/2014 10:11 AM - Adrian Denny
Alaska beat Utah last night with two power-play goals and six of the nine power-plays, despite Utah outshooting them 29-24. Jamie MacQueen’s 18th goal of the year got the Grizzlies within a goal with just under 2 minutes remaining. .It marked just the fifth time in 28 home games (2-2-1-0) that the Grizzlies have trailed after one period at home and only the third time all year that the Grizzlies (2-1) have trailed going to the third period at home.
-Utah hosts Alaska tonight at Maverik Center in their final home game in 18 days.
-This is the final regular season meeting of the year between Utah and Alaska.
-Utah will be in Stockton next Friday and March 14 and 15.
-Utah returns home Wednesday, March 19 with Stockton.
-After going 10-3-0-1 playing 14 games in 25 days in seven cities from January 29-February 22, the Grizzlies are now in a stretch of five games in 25 days.
After A Loss At Home
-Utah hasn’t lost two-straight home games at Maverik Center all season.
-The Grizzlies haven’t lost two-straight at home at Maverik Center in the same home stand since February 18-20 last year, with both games against Alaska.
-Utah is 5-0 following a regulation loss at home this year.
-Utah has lost two-straight only once since Christmas and in only four total segments all year.
-Utah is 7-1-0-1 on 0 days rest at home this year and 8-0-1-1 in game two of a series at Maverik Center.
-Utah is now 0-4 after four days rest at home and 1-6 overall.
-The Grizzlies have drawn back-to-back home crowds of 6,000, with last night’s 6,669 fans in attendance for their eighth crowd of over 6,000 this year.
-Utah went 8-4-0-1 in February. Scarsella has tied a season-high with a four-game scoring streak with two goals and four assists. Mangan has one goal and two assists in his last four games.
-Utah went 6-3-1-5 in March last year for their best month of the season
-Utah is 14-9-1-6 in the last two seasons, with March being their best month in both years.
-Aaron Dell has dropped his last two starts for the first time all season, allowing only four goals combined, but getting just two goals of support as he has stopped 48 of 52 shots for a .923 save percentage.
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Game Day Blog Entry: February 28
02/28/2014 10:04 AM - Adrian Denny
-Utah and the Aces meet for the seventh and eighth time on the year after these two games were added following the ECHL’s revised schedule.
-Utah has gone 20-5-2-3 since being swept in three-straight games in Anchorage before Christmas by a combined score of 13-5.
-The two teams played December 4, 6 and 7 at Maverik Center with Utah winning 2-0 on the 4th, Alaska 1-0 in a shootout on the 6th and the Aces broke a 0-0 tie and scored an empty-netter to beat Utah on December 7 3-0.
-Igor Bobkov has stopped all 56 shots that he’s seen against Alaska this year.
-All four Utah losses to Alaska this year occurred when Ben Meisner was in goal
-Utah went 1-15 on power-play at Maverik Center and 15-15 on PK.
-Utah is 2-28 overall against Alaska on the power-play this year and 29-32 on the PK.
-Kris Hogg has three goals this year to lead Utah against Alaska, Vinny Scarsella has one goal and three assists.
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Game Day Blog Entry: February 22
02/22/2014 12:14 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies and Steelheads wrap up four games in six nights this evening in Boise after playing three-straight one-goal games at Maverik Center Monday, Wednesday and Friday; with Utah taking two of the three and two-straight.
Last night’s wild 5-4 Utah overtime win wasn’t exactly friendly to two elite goaltenders as each team had two power-play goals. Idaho’s Pat Nagle gave up more than three goals in a game for the first time since December 14. Igor Bobkov gave up four goals in regulation for the first time all season.
Friday was the first night in 18 games that the Grizzlies have allowed more than three goals in regulation. And even so, this team won their second-straight game when allowing four goals or more by beating Stockton 6-4 on January 11 as well.
Utah and Idaho enter tonight tied for fourth in the Western Conference standings with 60 points, with the Steelheads holding two games in hand. The two teams trail Colorado by one point for third.
D.J. Jelitto has multiple-points in four of his last six games against Idaho after one goal and one assist last night. Jelitto leads all skaters in the series between Utah and Idaho so far with six goals and four assists for 10 points in eight games. Michael Pelech leads all Utah and Idaho skaters with nine assists after his three-point night last evening when he tallied one goal and two assists.
And finally, last night’s crowd of 6,050 at Maverik Center was the largest crowd in the ECHL.
Game Day Blog Entry: February 21
02/21/2014 9:48 AM - Adrian Denny
-This Grizzlies play game three of six-straight games against division opponents in a stretch of five of six at home.
-Goaltender Aaron Dell has been loaned to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames.
-Dell was with the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester from November 15-December 26.
-Utah wraps up 14 games in 24 nights tomorrow.
-Utah will be playing Friday or Saturday only from now until March 19.
-Danick Paqeute has two goals and four assists for six points in his last seven games.
-He has three goals and six assists for 9 points in his last 11 games.
-Utah has the third best home record in the league at 15-5-2-4.
-Utah is 3-1-1-0 against Idaho at home this year.
-The Grizzlies return home next Friday and Saturday to host Alaska.
-Idaho plays in Utah again on March 22, April 11 and April 12.
-Utah has won five-straight Friday nights going back to January 18.
Stingy On Shots
-The Grizzlies have allowed 29 shots or less in 39 of their 52 games played.
-Utah is sixth in the ECHL allowing just 26.37 shots-per-game.
Wins Vs Idaho
-All four Idaho wins have been by a single goal, not including empty-netters.
-Three of four Utah wins have come by two goals or more.
-Igor Bobkov ranks fourth in goals-against-average at 2.08.
-Bobkov also ranks fourth in save percentage at .923.
-Four of the top five goaltenders in the ECHL in save percentage are from the Western Conference.
-Five of the six goaltenders in goals-against-average in the ECHL are from the Western Conference, including both Dell and Bobkov.
-Bobkov is 8-0-1-1 in his last ten starts going back to November 30 with a .942 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against-average.
-Bobkov is 2-0-1-0 against Idaho this year stopping 97 of 104 shots for a .926 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against-average.
-Bobkov has allowed one goal or less in five of his last seven starts.
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