Game Day Blog

Summer Blog Entry: May 22

05/21/2015 12:01 AM - Adrian Denny

Looking back at 2014-2015 as I’ve been updating the record book the last week or so, here are some notes from this past season.

39 of 72 games were decided by one goal, compared to 43 in 2013-2014.
 
The team won 5 games when trailing after two periods. That was third in the ECHL behind Toledo who had six and Greenville who had seven.
 
The only day of the week the Grizzlies had a losing record on was Sunday, when they went 1-2, with all three games played on the road.
 
The Grizzlies went 5-1 in game three of a series at home and 5-1-0-1 during their Monday night games.
 
Utah won two home games 1-0 after winning just one game by a 1-0 score in their first nine seasons in the ECHL spanning 324 home games.
 
 

Summer Blog Entry: May 15

05/15/2015 3:28 PM - Adrian Denny

While, the 2015-2016 ECHL schedule has been released by the league, the Grizzlies will formally introduce it soon. The schedule sees the Grizzlies play more teams since they have since 2002-2003. Several teams will visit Utah for the first time and the Grizzlies will also visit several new cities for the first time. 

 
The former Grizzlies who have played in the NHL page has been updated. Any Grizzlies player since 1994 who has played in the NHL at any point is listed. Calgary’s Michael Ferland from 2012-2013 is the latest former Grizzlies player to be added. 
 
Since Utah and Orlando, my two Kelly Cup Final participants have been eliminated, I’ll revise my ECHL Final prediction to now be South Carolina against Ontario. South Carolina plays Toledo in the Eastern Conference Finals and Ontario plays Allen in the Western Conference Finals.
 
My two Stanley Cup Final participants are still active with Anaheim and the New York Rangers and I’ll stick with those as they start the Conference Finals this weekend.
Here are some final quotes from Head Coach Tim Branham on the season in case you missed them:
 
Hopefully, a lot of guys will be coming back. I like the core we have here. We made strides. We made it further than last year. We're building. With the help of our affiliate, things are looking positive.
 
It didn't end the way we wanted it to. We thought we had a team that could go a lot deeper. We ran into a lot of injuries. It really hurt not having Walker, Paquette, Kruskelnyski and Almeida out there.
 
It wasn't easy to get into the playoffs this year, it's a tough division. We found a way and beating Idaho was a huge step. 
 
They worked hard on and off the ice, they were good to each other, and they were good in the community, more importantly. Overall, it was a pretty good season.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: May 9

05/09/2015 1:05 PM - Adrian Denny

What We Know So Far

-Utah and Ontario have gone to the third period tied at 2 in three of the four games.
-The road team has been unable to hold a 2-1 second period lead in three of the four games.
-Utah looks to take the rubber game against Ontario for the third-straight home series against the Reign.
-Utah has outshot Ontario 37-24 in the first period in the series and 21-15 in the two games at Maverik Center.
-Utah has now erased 11 of 13 total regulation deficits faced in the playoffs.
-Utah won three-straight games to rally from a two-one deficit against Idaho.
-Utah took two of three from Ontario after winning game threes on November 17 and March 9.
 
Hard To Beat The Grizz In Two-Straight
-Utah has lost two-straight only three times since January 8.
-Utah has lost two-straight games at home only twice this year. October 31 and November 1 and March 25 and 27.
 
Getting The First Goal
-Ontario has scored the first goal in four-straight games to start the series and in six-straight games overall against Utah.
-Utah looks to score the first goal tonight for the third time in eleven games in the playoffs.
-Utah has won 11-straight games in which they have scored first going back to March 9.
-Utah was 17-2-1-1 at home when scoring first in the regular season.
-The team that has scored first has won 11 of 14 games this year between Utah and Ontario.
-Ryan Hayes scored Utah’s first goal in games one and four and Michael Pelech in games two and three.
-Utah is 2-0 in playoffs when scoring first, Ontario is 4-1.
-Utah is 12-1-2-1 this year at home and 22-2-5-1 when lead after one period overall.
 
Power-Plays
-Utah drew a playoff high eight power-play situations and four of five to finish the game Friday.
-Before last night, Ontario had drawn 14 of 20 power-play situations.
-Utah is 2-18 in the series on the power-play and 17-23 on the PK.
 
In The Win Wednesday
-Utah went 6-6 on the PK.
 
5-on-5
-Utah has outscored the Reign 8-7 five-on-five in this series so far.
-Utah has outscored the opposition 22-19 in the playoffs so far.
 
Trends So Far With Utah/Ontario/Playoffs
-Nine of 15 games have been decided by a goal.
-Utah is 2-0 in playoffs when scoring first, Ontario is 4-1.
-Utah had outscored the opposition 12-4 in the third periods before last night.
-Ontario is 4-0 when leading after 1 period in the playoffs and 0-3 when trailing after one period.
 
Playoff Leaders
-Ryan Hayes leads the ECHL with 14 points in 10 playoff games on seven goals and seven assists.
-Hayes is second in the ECHL with seven goals in the playoffs.
-Hayes has scored in nine of ten playoff games.
-Michael Pelech is tied for second in the ECHL in playoff scoring with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 10 games.
-Utah is 3-1 in the playoffs when Michael Pelech scores a goal.
 
When He Gets One, He Gets Two
-Michael Pelech has multiple-points in six of the seven games he has scored in in the playoffs, he has scored in seven of the last eight playoff games.
-Mathieu Aubin has multiple-points in all five games he has scored in in the playoffs.
-Aubin is also among the league leaders in scoring with one goal and nine assists for ten points in ten playoff games.
 
 

Game Day Blog Entry: May 8

05/08/2015 9:58 AM - Adrian Denny

 Game 3 Recap

-Utah went 6-6 on the penalty-kill and Eric Levine stopped all 13 shots in relief of Igor Bobkov as the Grizzlies scored three-straight in a 4-2 win.
-Utah erased 1-0 and 2-1 deficits and has now erased nine of ten deficits they have faced so far in the playoffs.
-Each team had 25 shots on goal.
-Michael Pelech (two goals), Mathieu Aubin (one goal, one assist), T.J. Syner (two assists) and Cam Wojtala (one goal, one assist) all had multiple points.
-Pelech led Utah with six shots.
-Utah trailed 1-0 for 2:17 and 2-1 for 3:09.
-The game was tied for 43:41 of the 60 minutes as the Reign led for 5:28 and Utah for the final 10:51.
 
Series So Far
-Utah has held Ontario to 25 shots or less in the first three games after Idaho had 40 or more shots in 5 of 6 and 30 or more in 4 of 6 games.
-Ontario has scored first in all three games.
-Two of three games have been 2-2 going to the third period.
-Ontario has drawn 17 of 27 power-plays and 14 of 20 the last two games.
-Utah has outscored Ontario 6-5 five-on-five in the first three games.
 
Back Home
-Utah has outscored the opposition 7-2 in their last two home games.
-Utah’s last regulation loss at Maverik Center was March 27.
-They are 6-0-1-0 in their last seven home games.
-In this series, both home teams have erased a 2-1 second period deficit with a special teams goal as the road teams both failed to blow the game open when they had the chance.
 
Fridays
-Utah is 10-1-1-0 in their last 12 Friday games going back to January 30 and 2-0 in the playoffs.
 
Trends So Far With Utah/Ontario/Playoffs
-Utah has won 11-straight games in which they have scored first going back to March 9.
-Utah was 17-2-1-1 at home when scoring first in the regular season.
-The team that has scored first has won 11 of 14 games this year between Utah and Ontario.
-Utah has been tied or ahead after one period in six of their last seven games and in six of nine games during the playoffs.
-Utah is 10-2-3-0 in their last 14 games since March 27.
-Utah has scored a first period goal in seven of 9 playoff games and also allowed one in seven of nine.
-12 third period goals is second in the ECHL, four allowed is tied for fewest.
 
Playoff Leaders
-Ryan Hayes (six goals, six assists) and Michael Pelech (five goals, seven assists) are tied for second in ECHL playoff scoring each with 12 points in 9 games.
-Hayes is third with six goals and Pelech is tied for fourth.
-Alex Krushelnyski is sixth in the ECHL in rookie playoff scoring with three goals and three assists.
 
When He Gets One, He Gets Two
-Michael Pelech notched his sixth multiple-point game of the playoffs on Wednesday with two goals.
-It was the sixth-straight playoff game where Pelech has scored a second point after getting his first.
-He has multiple-points in six of the last seven games.
-Mathieu Aubin has multiple-points in all five playoff games that he has scored in and has multiple-points in five of the last six games with one goal and nine assists.
 
High Scoring Teams/Goals Allowed
-As it stands now, Ontario is second in scoring in playoffs with 3.40 goals-per-game, Utah is third at 3.22.
-Ontario is third allowing 2.50 goals-per-game, Utah is fifth in the ECHL playoffs allowing 2.67 goals-per-game.
 

Game Day Blog Entry: May 6

05/06/2015 10:37 AM - Adrian Denny
Back Home
-Utah is home where they are 4-2-0-1 against Ontario and took 2 of 3 games from them November 14-17 and March 6-9.
-Utah is 13-4-1-0 in their last 18 home games.
-The Home team is 9-2-0-2 this year between the Grizzlies and Reign.
 
Playoff Tab
-Today is Utah’s 22nd day of the playoffs
-Utah and Ontario are 2 of 8 teams remaining from the original 16 team playoff gfield in the ECHL.
 
Trends So Far With Utah/Ontario/Playoffs
-Nine of 13games have been decided by a goal.
-Utah is 2-0 in playoffs when scoring first, Ontario is 3-0.
-The team that has scored first has won 11 of 13 games this year.
-After allowing 40 or more shots in four of six games against Idaho and 30 or more in 5 of 6, the Grizzlies have allowed 25 and 21 shots respectively the first two games of the series.
-Utah has been tied or ahead after one period in five of their last six games and in five of eight games during the playoffs.
-Utah is 9-2-3-0 in their last 14 games since March 27.
-Utah has scored a first period goal in six of 8 playoff games and also allowed one in six of 8.g
-Utah is 10-2-0-1 at home and 15-4-1-1 overall on one days rest this year.
-Utah is 13-5-1-5 at home overall under Branham on one days rest and 26-9-3-5 overall.
-Utah went 3-0 in three games over four nights to finish the Idaho series after playing three games in nine nights to start.
 
Bucking Trends Monday
-Monday in Ontario, the Reign scored two power-play goals on Utah after the Grizzlies had allowed just two power-play goals in their first seven playoff games.
-Igor Bobkov allowed more than two goals in regulation for just the second time in eight games.
-Utah gave up three goals in the first period for only the third time all season and for the first time since November 29.
-It was Utah’s first loss in regulation since April 8 and in the last 10 games.
-It was the first game in the playoffs that Ryan Hayes with six goals and five assists hasn’t scored in.
-Alex Krushelnyski had a six-game scoring streak snapped Monday with three goals and three assists snapped Monday.
-Utah had scored three or more goals in five of six playoff games and 15 of 16 overall before games one and two.
 
Playoff Leaders
-Ryan Hayes is third in the ECHL in playoff scoring with six goals and five assists.
-He is third in the ECHL scoring with six goals.
-Michael Pelech has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in eight games and is also in the league’s top 10.
-Alex Krushelnyski is sixth in the ECHL in rookie playoff scoring with three goals and three assists.
 
When He Gets One, He Gets Two
-Michael Pelech notched his fifth multiple-point game of the playoffs on Monday with one goal and one assist.
-It was the fifth-straight playoff game where Pelech has scored a second point after getting his first.
 

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