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Game Day Blog Entry: February 20, 2017

02/20/2017 10:29 AM - Adrian Denny

-Utah completes six game in 20 days against Idaho to start February of six of their last nine overall against Idaho.
-The Grizzlies are 9-2-0-1 since January 21 to improve to 16-5-2-1 now December 21.
-Utah plays three games in Colorado Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
-The Grizzlies return home March 1, 3 and 4 to host Alaska.

 A Win Today
-Ties Utah with Alaska for the fourth spot in the Mountain Division.
-Gives Utah their fifth-straight win on a holiday matinee at Maverik Center.

Maverik Mondays
-Utah is 11-4-2 on Maverik Mondays under Tim Branham and has averaged 6,419 fans-per-game during those games.
Another D-Man Added
-The Grizzlies have added defenseman Brandon Lubin from the SPHL’s Evansville Thunderbolts where he had two goals and two assists for four points in 18 games after starting his rookie season in Pensacola where he had one goal and six assists for seven points in 15 games.
-He was a teammate of forward Jon Puskar at American International College.
Idaho Series
-Utah has guaranteed their third season in the last four of .500 or better against Idaho.
-A win today ties Utah with 2013-2014 and 2011-2012 with the most wins against Idaho ever in a season series at eight.
-Utah has already guaranteed themselves the fewest regulation losses in a series against Idaho after 8-4-1-1 was their previous best in 2013-2014. They also lost only four against Idaho in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012.
Did You Know
-Utah is 12-0-1-2 when Jon Puskar scores.

Game Day Blog Entry: February 18, 2017

02/18/2017 7:57 AM - Adrian Denny

The Situation
-Despite last night’s 8-2 loss, the Grizzlies have still won 9 of their last 11 and are to 16-5-2-0 now December 21.
-Utah hosts Idaho tonight in the tenth of eleven meetings between the two teams.
-The Grizzlies and Steelheads meet again Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the final meetings of the regular season.

Playing For A Cause
-Utah is 2-1 on Saturday night Pink In The Rink games under Tim Branham and 9-1 on Guns N Hoses, Military and Pink In The Rink Saturday nights combined.
Yes, But…
-Like last night, Utah returned from a successful road trip on March 11, 2016 and lost 6-1 to Colorado, before beating them 5-2 the next night.
-Utah is still 7-2 against Idaho on the season against Idaho with 14 points to Idaho’s seven in the head-to-head.
-The loss was Utah’s first to a team besides Alaska since January 11, spanning over a month.
-Utah hasn’t lost two-straight games in over two months (December 14-17).
-Utah is 2-0 this year after giving up eight goals in a game.
-Idaho hasn’t beaten Utah in two-straight games all year.
-Alaska lost last night 4-3 at home to Colorado, so the Grizzlies remain within three points of the Aces.
-The win for Idaho ended a five-game winless streak to Utah.
-The crowd of 6,154 last night was Utah’s ninth crowd of the year of over 6,000 fans.
-Utah is now fifth in the ECHL attendance at 5,049 fans-per-game.
-Utah has drawn 6,000 or more fans four times in the last seven games and in two-straight contests.
Other Notes
-In both Idaho wins against Utah, they have scored eight goals.
-First year ECHL forward is now tied for second in the ECHL with 16 fighting majors.

Game Day Blog Entry: February 17, 2017

02/17/2017 1:53 PM - Adrian Denny
-Utah hosts Idaho tonight in the ninth of eleven meetings between the two teams.
-Utah and the Steelheads meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the final meetings of the regular season.
Roster Addition
-Grizzlies have added rookie defenseman Sean Robertson, who was with team in training camp.
-He was fourth in the SPHL in scoring by defensemen with 22 assists in 33 games with Fayetteville who had won eight of their last ten games.
-He was third in the SPHL among defensemen with a plus-15 and tied for fifth overall
-He appeared in both Utah preseason wins against Idaho.
Head To Head
-The Grizzlies are 7-1 against Idaho this year with five of the seven wins coming in regulation.
-Utah has 14 points against Idaho this year, while the Steelheads have four points against the Grizzlies with a win and two overtime losses.
-Including the preseason, Utah is 9-1 against Idaho in 2016-2017.
-Five of the last six games between the two teams have seen nine goals or more scored combined.
-Jon Puskar leads all scorers in the season series with five goals and six assists and scoring in seven of the eight games.
-Utah is 6-37 on the power-play against Idaho and 30-36 on the penalty-kill.
-The Grizzlies are in a stretch of six of nine games against Idaho in 20 days to start February.
Other Notes
-Utah is 51 for their last 57 on the penalty-kill for an 89.4-percent clip over their last 12 games.
-Utah has a period of scoring at least two goals in nine-straight games and in 12 of their last 13 contests.
Division Play
-Idaho is 16-14-4-2 against the Mountain Division and Utah is 19-9-3-1.
-Utah is tied with Alaska and Colorado for the most wins in the division and has the fewest regulation losses at 9 at 19-9-3-1.
Last Time Out
-Utah won three-straight games against Idaho in Boise February 1, 3, 4.
-Six players had at least three points in the series with Erik Bradford leading the way with three goals and four assists.
-Cam Reid had one goal and four assists.
-Phil Pietroniro scored in all three games with one goal and three assists.
-14 of Utah’s 17 active skaters recorded at least a point on the weekend.
-Utah went 3-12 on the power-play and 8-11 on the penalty-kill.
At Home
-Utah is 7-1-1-0 in their last nine home games.
-Utah has scored a first period goal in eight of their last nine home games.
-Utah is 10-2-2-1 at home against the Mountain Division.
-Jon Puskar has scored 12 of his 16 goals at home.
-Ralph Cuddemi has scored 12 of his 22 goals at home.
-Utah is 3-1 on four days rest or more at home.
Winning The Close Ones 
-Five of the Grizzlies last six wins have come by a single goal and their last six wins going back to January 28 have been within a goal in the final minute.


Game Day Blog Entry: February 10, 2017

02/10/2017 5:15 PM - Adrian Denny

The Grizzlies look to win their fourth three-game series in Alaska in the last six going back to December 2014. They look for at least three points for the fifth time in six series in Anchorage.

Last night was the ninth time in 47 games that the Grizzlies and their opposition didn’t score a power-play goal as they improved to 5-4 in those games.

A win tonight makes Utah 10-3-1-0 on the road since December 23 and 15-4-1-0 in their last 20 games.

Interestingly enough, more than half of the first two periods last night was played non five-on-five with only 19:23 played at even strength. However, all three goals in the game were scored five-on-five.

Utah has won six-straight games when scoring the first goal in a game. Utah looks to improve to 3-1 in game three of a series on the road this year. The Grizzlies are 5-1 this year when departing immediately after the game as they will do tonight to take a redeye flight back to Salt Lake.

Grizzlies goaltending has stopped 272 of 295 shots during this 8-1 stretch for a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against-average. Kevin Boyle has stopped 74 of 77 for a .961 Save Percentage and a 1.49 Goals-Against-Average in his last two starts for the Grizzlies since returning from San Diego and going 2-0.

This is the second time this season that Kevin Boyle will start on back-to-back days this year. He stopped 26 of 28 January 7 in a 3-2 win over San Antonio after starting the night before. 

Taylor Richart’s five-game scoring streak is the longest by a Grizzlies defenseman this year with three goals and three assists.

Game Day Blog Entry: February 9, 2017

02/09/2017 5:36 PM - Adrian Denny

Utah has erased four of five deficits through four games on this road stretch, three by a single goal and one by two goals.

The Grizzlies are 4-2-1-0 on the road on game two of a series this year.

Erik Bradford’s scoring streak is now at ten-straight games, the longest since Mitch Wahl had an eleven-game scoring streak from January 6-February 9, 2013.

Erik Higby scored a goal in his first game since December 14 last night, which gives him six goals and two assists in his last eight games going back to November 27. He has three goals in his last two games in Anchorage and five goals and two assists for seven points in his last ten games in Anchorage.

The Grizzlies have now scored a power-play goal in eight of their last nine games for an 11/51 clip and a 21.5-percent rate. Utah is 5 for their last 19 against Alaska over the last three games played for a 26.3-percent clip.

Last night was the third 45-save performance the Grizzlies have received in the last five years as Ryan Faragher stopped 45/48 shots. Eric Levine stopped 45 in a 4-3 shootout win over Idaho on March 28, 2015. Adam Morrison stopped 45 shots versus Idaho on March 2, 2013 in a 3-2 shootout loss.

Kevin Boyle is 6-1-2 in this last nine starts going back to December 27 combining his numbers with Utah and San Diego. He has allowed two goals in three-straight starts that have all gone past regulation. He has allowed two goals in regulation in three-straight starts for Utah stopping 80 of 87 for a .919 save percentage.  He has allowed three goals or less in ten of his last eleven starts combined and two goals or less in seven of his last nine starts combined. 

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