Game Day Blog Entry: December 4
12/04/2013 9:42 AM - Adrian Denny
With Head Coach/GM Tim Branham spreading out his line of Danick Paquette, Kris Hogg, Brent Gwidt and Norm Ezekiel on Saturday, Utah got scoring from all three forward lines in a game for the first time this year.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 30
11/30/2013 10:20 AM - Adrian Denny
Utah has taken a 1-0 lead in the first 8:28 of the first period in three of their last four games.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 29
11/27/2013 12:00 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies have been quick out of the gate on their Teddy Bear Toss night the last two years.
Last year, Brad Mills scored 3:33 into the first period to give Utah a 1-0 lead over Alaska on Black Friday.
The previous season, also the day after Thanksgiving, Bryan Cameron scored 3:46 into the first period to tie the game against Alaska.
Ben Meisner narrowly missed winning ECHL Goaltender of the Week this past week. He went 2-1 with a .990 goals-against-average and a .958 save percentage. Brian Foster of Stockton went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a save percentage of .954 last week.
This marks the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2005, that Utah hasn’t played Victoria or Alaska at home and it marks the eighth time in the last nine years that the Grizzlies have been home for Thanksgiving.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 23
11/23/2013 12:38 AM - Adrian Denny
Last year, the Grizzlies came to the Cow Palace for their first game ever and left with a 5-2 win and three of four points on the weekend November 17 and 18. In the process, they ended a six-game losing streak as they headed into Thanksgiving. While things aren’t as dire now, the Grizzlies will look to stay unbeaten in the ECHL at the nearly 75-year-old barn when they head in for action tonight at 8:30 p.m. and salvage something on this road trip that has seen them lose two one-goal games to two very good teams in Stockton and Idaho.
Rylan Galliardi played five games with San Francisco last year and had one goal and three assists for four points before being traded to Idaho. Danick Paquette started the season in San Francisco before being traded to Utah.
As heartbreaking as the first two games of this trip have been, the Grizzlies have been tied in the third period with two of the best teams in the west on their home ice before falling by a goal as they struggle to score goals. Utah has had a chance to win 11 of 13 games this year, with 10 of the last 11 games being tied in the third period.
The Grizzlies look to get in on what Idaho did Friday, by beating the Bulls 6-0, while San Francisco looks to take their frustration out on Utah; who is looking to leave California with a win on this three game in four-night trip.
Game Day Blog Entry: November 22
11/22/2013 12:14 PM - Adrian Denny
The close games continue for Utah. Nine of their last ten games have been tied in the third period.
In 10 of 12 games this year, Utah has either been tied, within a goal or ahead going to the third period. Utah is 4-4-1-1 in those contests.
Martin Lee and Michael Pelech each enter tonight with two-game scoring streaks after picking up assists Monday on the game-winning goal and on Utah’s first goal Wednesday.
Utah has allowed two goals in the last six first periods after allowing two first period goals here in their last game played in Stockton on November 3.
Stockton is 3-3-1-1 since beating Utah 6-1 here on November 3, Utah has gone 3-3 since then and won three of the last five after starting 1-3-1-1.