Game Day Blog Entry: April 25
04/25/2015 9:48 AM - Adrian Denny
If regular season rules applied to playoffs, Utah would be 2-0-2-0 and Idaho 2-2 as the Grizzlies have yet to lose in regulation. Utah would have six points and Idaho would have four, but that’s neither here nor there.
Igor Bobkov has turned in some of his best performances against Idaho this year and in this playoff series specifically. Last night, he stopped a season-high 42 shots in the 4-1 win. Game 1 here, he stopped 38 shots, the third most saves he has made this season. He has 36 or more saves in three of the four games played so far. His .929 save percentage is third in the ECHL in the playoffs so far and his 144 saves rank second in the league in the postseason.
The Grizzlies have scored four or more in two-straight games, they did that only four times during the regular season and scored four or more three-straight twice.
So far, Idaho has taken the odd numbered games of the series, both in overtimes, while the Grizzlies have taken the even numbered games both on Friday.
Ryan Hayes (three goals, three assists), Brenden Walker (two goals, three assists), Danick Paquette (four goals) and Michael Pelech (one goal, three assists) are all averaging at least a point-a-game for the Grizzlies in the playoffs so far.
Game Day Blog Entry: April 24
04/24/2015 9:50 AM - Adrian Denny
Defenseman Kevin Lind has returned to the Grizzlies after being called up to the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk on November 11. Any other lineup changes will be seen during warm-ups.
Utah was 4-2-0-1 during the regular season when playing on four days rest or more.
The goaltenders in this series have almost identical numbers. Igor Bobkov has a .911 save percentage and Olivier Roy has a .907 save percentage.
Ryan Hayes leads all scorers in the series with two goals and three assists in three games and now has 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 35 career playoff games the last three seasons.
With Utah going 1-10 and Idaho 1-12, the Grizzlies would benefit from getting the power-play going. They were 22-10-4-3 during the regular season when scoring a power-play goal. Utah and Idaho have now combined for just 14 power-play goals in 17 playoff and regular season games against each other.
Idaho has scored the first goal in each game thus far and despite Utah coming back to tie each night, the Grizzlies would like to start with a lead after going 27-5-4-2 during the regular season when scoring first. The team that has scored first in this series has won seven of the last eight games.
The Grizzlies look to be the third fourth seed to challenge a one seed in what continues to prove seedings mean nothing in hockey playoffs. Fourth seeded Orlando has won two-straight and is now tied 2-2 with Florida. Wheeling has a 2-1 lead on Toledo entering game four tonight against the Walleye who had the best record in the ECHL during the regular season. In the other Pacific Division series, Ontario and Colorado enter tonight tied at two.
Game Day Blog Entry: April 18
04/18/2015 8:57 AM - Adrian Denny
Series So Far
-So far each team has won a 3-2 game on home ice and the aggregate scoring through two games is 5-5.
-Utah has fallen behind 2-0 in each game, but has rallied to tie in each game.
-Utah has outshot Idaho 47-37 and outscored them 5-3 since the start of the third period on Wednesday.
-Last night marked the second time since February 13, that Utah has erased a 2-0 deficit on Idaho and won 3-2.
-Utah looks for their fifth-straight win on home ice tonight going back to Saturday, March 28.
-Utah looks for their third-straight playoff win at home tonight before the series shifts back to Boise.
-Danick Paquette leads all scorers in the series with three goals.
-Paquette is tied for the series lead with a plus-three.
-Paquette and Ryan Hayes , who has three assists, lead all scorers in the series with three goals.
-T.J. Syner has one goal and one assist in two games.
-Igor Bobkov has stopped 66 of 71 shots so far in the series and 62 of 65 shots since Idaho made it 2-0 on their sixth shot of the game on Wednesday.
-Bobkov is 15-5 at Maverik Center this year and 22-6-1-1 in his last 30 Maverik Center starts.
-Bobkov stopped 23-straight shots to finish game last night and held Idaho without a goal for the final 35 minutes and 21 seconds.
-He held Idaho without a goal for a 53:19 stretch on Wednesday.
-His .930 playoff save percentage is the best in the league for goaltenders who have played more than one game.
-Idaho goaltender Olivier Roy has stopped 46 of 51 shots for a .918 save percentage in the series
Special Teams Situations
-Utah is 8-8 on the penalty-kill in the series going 5-5 Wednesday and 3-3 Saturday.
-Four of the shorthanded situations have come with the team down 2-1, three with the game tied at 2 and one with Utah holding a 3-2 lead to end game last night.
-Utah is 1-6 on the power-play after going 1-4 Wednesday and 0-2 last night.
-Danick Paquette has four goals and two assists for six points in Utah’s last six playoff games and in seven career playoff games overall.
-With three assists in two games, Ryan Hayes now has 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 34 career playoff games over the last three seasons.
Game Day Blog Entry: April 17
04/17/2015 9:18 AM - Adrian Denny
-Utah and Idaho finished the year tied for second in the ECHL with 22 1-goal wins.
-Three of Utah’s last four playoff games and five of the last seven overall have been decided in overtime.
-Danick Paquette has two goals and two assists for four points in Utah’s last five playoff games and in six career playoff games overall
"It's because of our fans, when you play in this building in front of these fans, the energy level just skyrockets." Tim Branham on "Monty In The Morning" on 1320 KFAN this morning on why the Grizzlies are a different team at home.
The Winner Plays…
-The winner of this series will play the winner of the Colorado/Ontario series that opens Thursday in California.
-Colorado won the series opener 4-2 Thursday after building a 4-0 second period lead.
-The game was 2-1 Idaho for 30 minutes and 39 seconds and Idaho led in the game for 37 minutes and 55 seconds.
-Ryan Hayes was the only player in the game with multiple-points with two assists.
-Utah went 1-4 on the power-play and 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill, including 4-for-4 down 2-1 and 1-for-1 late in the third period in 2-2 game. The power-play goal made it 2-1.
-Matt Pelech led Utah with six shots.
Game Day Blog Entry: April 15
04/15/2015 10:12 AM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies 5-1 finish ended them up at fifth place in the Western Conference and 11th overall in the 28 team ECHL.
Idaho has been off since playing the Grizzlies in their season finale last Wednesday.
The Grizzlies are familiar with the CenturyLink Arena as they make their seventh trip to Boise since the preseason. They will make their eighth trip here next week. They went 3-3-1-0 in Boise during the regular season. Utah is 23-24-2-5 in Boise over the last 8 seasons.
Both teams could help themselves in this series by converting on the power-play. Utah and Idaho both struggled against the other side’s penalty-kill during the regular season. Utah went five-for-59 against Idaho, while Idaho went seven-for-58 on the power-play against Utah.
Mathieu Aubin (three goals, eight assists), Michael Pelech (four goals, four assists) and Alex Krushelnyski (two goals, six assists) combined for nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 33 games against Idaho.
Aubin finished the season with a season-high seven game scoring streak with three goals and six assists.
Krushelnyski finished the season by scoring in eight of his final nine games with four goals and nine assists. He finished six in the ECHL in rookie scoring with 17 goals and 40 assists for 57 points in 62 games. He finished second among ECHL rookies with 40 assists. He also finished second among rookies with five game-winning goals.
Cam Wojtala finished the season with two four-game scoring streaks and scoring in eight of the final nine games with four goals and four assists.