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Game Day Blog Entry: November 22, 2017

11/22/2017 7:02 AM - Adrian Denny

 Ducks Vs Kings

-This matchup features teams with Southern California NHL affiliates in Utah with Anaheim and Manchester with Los Angeles.
-Utah went 16-10-5 at home against Ontario who was Los Angeles’ ECHL affiliate from 2008-2015 and 25-20-8 overall.
Last Time Out
-Utah and Manchester last met on January 5, 2005 as the Monarchs beat Utah 5-1 during the NHL Lockout in the AHL.
-Manchester’s last game in Utah was a 5-3 win over Utah on October 20, 2004.
-The two teams also met at Staples Center in Los Angeles that season with Manchester beating Utah 5-0.
-Utah went 2-3-2 against Manchester in the AHL from 2003-2005.
-Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 32 shots against Manchester in his only career start on February 26, 2017 as Alaska beat the Monarchs 7-2.
-Brad Navin had two assists in two games against Manchester last February with Alaska, Mitch Jones had one assist in two games.

Defensive Similarities
-Utah features the ECHL’s leading goal scorer by defensemen in Taylor Richart with 7 and is fourth in scoring by defensemen.
-Manchester’s Colton Saucerman leads ECHL defensemen with 11 assists and is fifth in scoring by defensemen.
-Manchester is fourth on the penalty-kill and Utah is sixth.
Logjam Continues
-Spots 2-5 in the Mountain Division with Colorado, Allen, Utah, Idaho and Tulsa are all separated by four points at 20-16.
-Colorado has 20, Idaho has 20, Allen has 19 and Utah has 16.
-Those four teams are a combined 11-1-2-3 over their last 17 combined games.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 18, 2017

11/18/2017 12:22 AM - Adrian Denny

 The Situation
-With the standings point last night, Utah is now 6-2-3-0 in their last eleven contests for 15 of 22 standings points and a .681 winning percentage after their 0-4 start.
-Utah hosts Manchester Wednesday Friday and Saturday to wrap up their seven-game home stand.
-Utah will next see Colorado December 1 and 2 at Budweiser Event Center and then December 20 and 22 back in Colorado and then back December 23 in Utah as the Grizzlies will play five of 13 December games against the Eagles.

 Last Night
-The game was tied for 47:29 of regulation as Utah led for 6:55 and Colorado led 2-1 for 5:36.
-Utah drew five of seven power-plays.

Close Colorado/Early
-Utah and Colorado have now played three-straight one-goal contests to start their season series for the second-straight season.
-Last year, Utah started 2-0-1-0 in the first three, this year Colorado has edged out three-straight one-goal wins.
-Nine of Utah’s 15 games to start the season have been decided by a goal, six have gone to overtime as the Grizzlies are 3-3 past regulation.
-Four of Utah’s last six games and six of the last 11 have been decided past regulation.
-Last year starting in game four, eight of nine games between Utah and Colorado were decided by two goals or more after the close games early.
Scoring Early
-Utah has outscored the opposition 3-0 in the last two first periods.
-Utah has been tied or ahead going to the third period in all three games on this home stand so far.

Special Teams Against Colorado, Overall
-Utah is 1-12 on the power-play and 11-11 on the penalty-kill against Colorado.
-Utah is 2-10 on the power-play and 6-6 on the penalty-kill in their last two games.
Hanson Picks Up Where He Leaves Off
-Greger Hanson has a Utah season-high six game scoring streak with five goals and five assists after he returned to Utah last night with two goals for the first time in three weeks after four games with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego.

Pelech’s Points
-Michael Pelech has scored in nine of the last 13 games and five of the last six.
-He has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in the last 13 games after going scoreless in the first two games of the year.
-He leads Utah with five multiple-point games.

Last Five Games: Players With Two Goals
-The Grizzlies have a player with two goals in two-straight games with Ryan Walters getting two on November 11 and Greger Hanson with two last night
-Utah has a player with two goals in three of the last five games with Brendan Harms getting two goals on November 4 in Tulsa.
-In that five game stretch, the Grizzlies have scored four goals or more in three of the last five games.


Game Day Blog Entry: November 17, 2017

11/17/2017 12:55 PM - Adrian Denny

-Utah has scored four goals or more in three of the last four games.
-This is only the third of eight Grizzlies home game so far against the Mountain Division as Norfolk, Worcester and Fort Wayne have paid early visits.

Winning Recipe
-Utah is 6-0-1-0 when scoring first this year and 5-0-1-0 when scoring a power-play goal.
-All Utah wins have come when scoring first as have both Colorado wins as they are 7-1-2-0.
-Both teams are 5-0 when leading after one period.
-Utah is 5-0-1-0 when scoring a power-play goal.
Hanson Back
-Greger Hanson has returned to the Grizzlies after four games with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego and will be in the lineup tonight.
-At the time of his call-up, he was Utah’s second leading scorer with three goals and five assists for eight points in seven games.
-After going scoreless in the first two games against Colorado, Hanson scored in five-straight games before his call-up and had two multiple-point games.
-Utah’s leading point-per-game scorer, through the first month, Kyle Thomas remains in San Diego.
Opening Weekend
-Colorado beat Utah 3-2 and 2-1 in two games to open the season on October 13 in Colorado and October 14 in Utah.
-Utah went 0-7 on the power-play and 9-9 on the penalty-kill.
-Utah tied each game at one after falling behind in the first period and never led on the weekend.
-Angus Redmond stopped 25 of 27 in his professional debut on October 14.
-Taylor Richart and Brad Navin both scored in each game with one goal and one assist.
-Utah outshot Colorado 66-55.
Since Opening Weekend
-Utah has gone unbeaten in eight of 12 at 6-4-2-0, Colorado is 5-4-2-0.
-Utah is 6-2-2-0 in last ten, Colorado is 1-4-2-0 in their last seven.
-Spots 2-6 in the Mountain Division with Colorado, Allen, Utah, Idaho and Tulsa are all separated by three points at 17-14.
Final Notes
-Ryan Misiak has two goals and one assist in his last four.
-Brendan Harms has two goals and two assists in his last four.
-Carr is fourth in the ECHL in minutes played at 543 and fourth in saves at 262.
-Angus Redmond is unbeaten in two of his last three starts with at least .900 save percentages in 2 of the last 3.

Game Day Blog Entry: November 11, 2017

11/11/2017 7:55 AM - Adrian Denny

 Coming Home
-The Grizzlies lost for the first time in regulation in the last five games Friday night as Fort Wayne broke a 2-2 third period tie.
-After tonight, the Grizzlies will be off until hosting Colorado next Friday Saturday.

Last Night
-Utah outshot Fort Wayne 35-31 and drew four of the six power-plays.
-Ryan Olsen led Utah with seven shots, Erik Higby, Ryan Misiak and Cliff Watson all had four shots.
-35 shots is the second most that Fort Wayne has allowed this year as they entered the evening allowing the fewest shots in the league at 27 shots per contest.
-Kevin Carr stopped 27 of 30 shots.
-Utah led for 2:35 in the second and Fort Wayne led for 3:50 in the first in a game that was tied for 33:35 of the first 40 minutes.
-Special Teams scoring was 1-0 Fort Wayne.
Plus Player
-Sam Windle is a plus-four in his last two games after a plus-three Sunday and a plus-one last night.
-He’s been an even or better in five of the last six games.
Late Call-Up
-Utah leading scorer Kyle Thomas was called up to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego after an injury during their morning skate Friday.
-Entering the week, he led the ECHL with 12 assists.
-Thomas has scored in nine of the last ten games.
Still Among The League Leaders
-Taylor Richart is fifth in the ECHL in scoring by defenseman with five goals and four assists for nine points in 13 games.
-He is tied for league lead on goals by defensemen in five.
Walters Comings and Goings
-Ryan Walters has rejoined Utah after a call-up Thursday


Game Day Blog Entry: November 10, 2017

11/10/2017 12:25 PM - Adrian Denny

Shooting and Scoring
-The Grizzlies enter the week having scored four goals in two-straight games for the first time this year.
-Utah had 38 or more shots in the first three games tallying 44,38 and 42 before 28 Sunday.

Walters Comings and Goings
-Ryan Walters was loaned to the Belleville Senators yesterday, but will rejoin the Grizzlies for tomorrow’s game.
Since Last Weekend
-James Melindy, who rejoined the Grizzlies on their road trip last week, has been recalled to San Diego.
Home Debut
-Grizzlies defenseman Chris Leibinger makes his Grizzlies debut tonight after he joined Utah in Tulsa last Friday.
Getting Going
-Ryan Olsen has two goals and two assists for four points in the last six games after one assist in his first six games.
-Ryan Misiak has one goal and one assist in the last two games after two assists in his first ten games.
-Zach Saar has two goals and one assist in his last five games.
-Mitch Jones has his first scoring streak of the year with one goal and two assists in the last two games.
-Michael Pelech has his second three-game scoring streak of the year with one goal and two assists.
-Utah went 18-19 on the penalty-kill on their road trip and they haven’t allowed a power-play goal in five of their last seven games and in seven of 12 games overall this year.

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