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Game Day Blog Entry: March 29, 2017

03/29/2017 10:17 AM - Adrian Denny

Kevin Boyle has been reassigned back to the Grizzlies from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. He’s 10-5-1 this year with their AHL affiliate in San Diego with a .924 Save Percentage and a 2.26 Goals-Against-Average. In four February starts with the Grizzlies, Boyle was 3-1 with a 1.71 Goals-Against-Average and a .949 Save Percentage. He stopped a season-high 43 of 44 in his last start with Utah on February 20 as the Grizzlies lost 1-0 to Idaho. 

The Grizzlies look to keep the offense going against Rapid City this year having scored four goals or more in six of seven games and in ten of their last 12 overall against the Rush. Utah has five players this season who have been point-a-game players against Rapid City.

Utah looks to score four or more goals in three-straight games for the fifth time this year and for the first time since January 21-27.

Garrett Haar played four games for Rapid City against Utah this year where he started the season and played 28 games.

The Grizzlies have had one of the toughest schedules in the ECHL with 57 of their 66 games against teams with winning records.

As these three teams go down the stretch, Missouri has played 16 games against teams with losing records, including 11 of their last 21 games. Alaska has played 16 games against teams with losing records as well. Both Alaska and Missouri have currently played nine more games than the Grizzlies against team with losing records.

Utah with nine games, is 7-1-1-0 against teams with losing records this year.

Missouri, with 16 games, is 13-2-1-0 against teams with losing records.

Alaska, with 16 games, is 8-5-0-2 against teams with losing records.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 25, 2017

03/25/2017 10:39 AM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look to build on 4-0 on a back-to-back after a win since January 6. Utah is 13-5-1-0 in the game following a win since December 23.

Utah hasn’t allowed a five-on-five goal in 154:52 and they’ve outscored Colorado 5-1 five-on-five in the last three games. Gabriele Verpaelst leads Utah with a plus-five in the last three games and also had two assists last night.

This is the 12th and final meeting of the season between Utah and Colorado. A win gives Utah their sixth-straight season series against Colorado of .500 or better since the Eagles joined the ECHL in 2011-2012.

The Grizzlies hope to be back here in Colorado three weeks from this weekend to open the playoffs on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15.

Erik Higby has four goals in his last four games played in Colorado. Michael Pelech has three goals and two assists for five points in his last three games.

Utah is 12-6-2-0 in their last 20 road games after starting at 2-10 away from home to start the season.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 24, 2017

03/24/2017 3:15 PM - Adrian Denny

In the ECHL, it is uncommon to stay on the road for consecutive weekends as the Grizzlies will do for the first time since February of 2014. Generally teams are successful across the board when on the road for an extended period of time.

Ten days is the longest the Grizzlies will have spent on the road since February 4-16 when they went 4-2-0-1 through Idaho, Las Vegas, Ontario, Colorado and Stockton. 

Utah went 3-1-0-1 through Las Vegas and Bakersfield November 4-14 of 2011. 

Utah went 2-1-0-3 through Victoria and Idaho February 2-14, 2010.

Alaska recently in the middle of winless in five at home and now winless in three at home went 5-3-2-0 through Elmira, Manchester, Utah, Colorado and Rapid City on a ten-game stretch in late February and early March.

Zac Larraza has rejoined the Grizzlies from Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego after sustaining an injury on March 3. He has two goals and three assists with Utah for five points in seven games this season.

The team has also added goaltender Rob Nichols from the University of Connecticut with a 2.66 Goals-Against-Average and a .918 Save Percentage in 93 wins.

In addition, defenseman Tim Daly has been loaned to the Manitoba Moose, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. 

Game Day Blog Entry: March 20, 2017

03/20/2017 10:12 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation
-Utah hosts Colorado tonight in game three of five-straight against the Eagles before the two teams meet in Colorado Friday and Saturday.
-Utah opens a five-game 10-day road trip Friday in Colorado that will continue to Rapid City the following Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
-Utah returns home for their final regular season games Wednesday, April 5, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Maverik Monday Magic
-Ryan Faragher is 2-1-0-1 in Maverik Monday starts and 1-0 this year after stopping 24 of 26 against Adirondack on November 14.
-Utah is 2-0 all-time on Maverik Monday against Colorado and 5-0-3 all-time against Colorado Monday-Thursdays.
-Utah is 11-5-2 on Maverik Mondays under Tim Branham and has averaged 6,466 fans-per-game during those games.
The Standings
-Despite going 0-2 last week, the Mountain Division standings stayed the same as Alaska went 0-2-0-1 and Missouri went 0-2-1-0.
-Utah can get within three points of idle Alaska with a win tonight.
-In the last ten games, Utah is 4-5-1-0 with four losses to Colorado, Alaska is 3-5-1-1 and Missouri is 3-6-1-0.
Looking To Solve Colorado
-Utah is 0-4-1-0 in their last five games against Colorado after starting the season series 3-0-1-0.
-Utah is 4-1-1-0 in their sandwiched six games between five against Colorado.

Last Weekend Against Colorado
-Utah drew 10 of the 17 power-plays, drawing seven of 12 on Friday and three of five on Saturday.
-Austen Brassard has scored in both games with one goal and one assist.
-Colorado has added a late empty-net goal each game as the Grizzlies have looked to cut the lead to one.
-Utah has outshot Colorado 50-35 in the final two periods after being outshot 31-11 in the first periods.
-Ralph Cuddemi has had five shots each night, Erik Higby has had four shots each game.
-Austen Brassard (Teigan Zahn), Travis Howe , Gabriel Verpaelst (Darryl Bootland) and Martin Nemcik (Sean Zimmerman) have all fought for Utah.
-Utah has gone 15-16 on the penalty-kill over the last four games.

Game Day Blog Entry: March 18, 2017

03/18/2017 3:17 PM - Adrian Denny

Jon Puskar Update
-Jon Puskar left the contest  with medical personnel Friday with 6:51 left in the second period.
-He returned to the arena in good spirits just after midnight and is listed as day-to-day to return to game action.
-Per team policy, no additional medical information will be released publicly.

Standings Watch
-Alaska lost their second 2-1 game to Cincinnati in the last three nights as the Grizzlies again stay within four points of the Aces.
-Missouri is also winless this week at 0-1-1-0 after losing 2-1 in overtime to Wichita and 3-2 in Quad City last night.

Bouncing Back
-Utah is 5-1-3-1 after a loss since December 17.
-Utah has lost two-straight games just once since December and it was against Colorado February 24-25.

Game Two/Saturdays/Back-To-Backs
-Utah is 7-2-0-2 on Saturdays and on back-to-backs at home this year.
-Utah is 12-5-2-2 overall this year in game two of a series.
-Utah is 7-1-2-1 in their last 11 game two of a series going back to December 23.

-After a 4-4 last night, the Grizzlies are 16-17 on the penalty-kill in the last four games and sit at fifth in the ECHL on the penalty-kill at 84.4-percent.
-Utah hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in three-straight games.
-It is the second time in a month (2/20-2/22) that the Grizzlies haven’t allowed a power-play goal in three-straight games.
-Utah went four-straight games without allowing a power-play goal January 21-28.
Moving On
-Utah outshot Colorado 18-7 in the third period last night after the Eagles outshot 21-12 Utah in the first two periods.

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