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Grizzlies Begin 3 Game Road Trip on Friday Night

02/22/2019 2:19 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Gameday Blog in Allen

It’s the first time the Grizzlies have been in Allen as they take on the Americans for the first game of a 3 game in 3 day series in the Lonestar state. The Grizzlies are in second place in the Mountain Division with 67 standings points on the year, though the Grizz have the best winning percentage in the division at .657.

The Grizzlies have been a good road team this season with a record of 13-6-3-1 away from Maverik Center. Utah had 9 of a possible 12 standings points on their most recent 6 game road trip. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73 on the road this year.

Tonight’s game is at 6:00 pm mountain time (7 pm local start). You can catch the game on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM-HD-2. Cc1370.com.

Utah Grizzlies at Allen Americans (6:00 Mountain Time).

● 6th meeting between Utah and Allen this season. Utah has a 4-1 record vs Allen. Each of the first 5 games were at Maverik Center.

● Grizzlies are third in the league with 28.02 shots-against per game.

Utah has standings points in 8 of their last 10 games. They had points in 8 straight games before losing 2 in a row to the KC Mavericks.

Ryan Walters has 7 goals in his last 8 games.

Joe Cannata has 3 shutouts vs Allen this season.

Caleb Herbert Returns/ Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert comes back from spending the past week with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Herbert has 26 goals and 27 assists on the season. Herbert is tied for 2nd in the league in goals and is tied for 6th in the league with 53 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 1-1 vs Kansas City

Grizzlies won 4-3 in overtime on a Gage Ausmus GWG om Feb. 15. Utah lost 3-0 on Feb. 16. Grizzlies lost 5-2 on February 18th.

Overall record: 31-15-4-1

Home record: 18-9-1. Utah has outscored opponents 91 to 70 at home.

Road record: 13-6-3-1. Utah has outscored opponents 84 to 73.

This Week's Games: (Utah is and at Allen on Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1

Goals per game: 3.43 (Tied 7th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.80 (Tied 5th). 

Shots per game: 31.24 (17th). 

Shots against per game: 28.20 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.8 % (4th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.0 % (7th).

Grizzlies Went 4-2 Last Homestand

The Grizzlies won each of the first 4 games of the homestand, including a 3 game sweep vs Idaho as well as a 4-3 overtime win vs Kansas City in the first game of a 3 game series. In the first 4 games, Utah outscored opponents 16 to 9. In the last 2 games, Utah lost by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. The 3-0 loss on Feb. 16 was the first time the Grizzlies were shut out in a game since December 1st at Rapid City.

Allen This Week

It’s the 6th season meeting between the two teams and first at the Allen Events Center.

December 30th- Allen Won 4-2 – Austin Carroll and Julien Nantel scored goals for Utah. Joe Cannata 30 for 34 saves.

December 29th – Utah Won 3-0 – Joe Cannata 28 save shutout. 3rd straight shutout vs Allen. JT Henke 2 goals. Julien Nantel 1 goal 1 assist.

November 24th – Utah Won 5-3 – Cole Ully, Caleb Herbert and Tim McGauley each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kevin Carr 36 for 39 saves. JT Henke, Matt Berry each had 2 assists.

November 23rd – Utah Won 5-0 – Caleb Herbert 2 goals. Matt Berry 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 4 assists. Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves.

November 21st – Utah Won 4-0 – Joe Cannata 18 save shutout. Matt Berry 3 goals 1 assist. Caleb Herbert 1 goal 2 assists. Cole Ully 2 assists.

Utah’s power play is 5 for 25 against Allen this year. Grizzlies penalty kill is 21 for 24 vs Allen.

Grizzlies Sign Forward Joseph Mizzi

Utah signs forward Joseph Mizzi, who had been playing with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League). He had 5 shots on goal in his Grizzlies debut on Feb. 15.

Mizzi has 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Mizzi is 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He’s 20 years old.

Injuries

JT Henke is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Who’s Been Great Lately

Ryan Walters has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 8 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 games.

Josh Dickinson has 1 goal and 11 assists in his last 12 games.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 54-43 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 65-47.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .657. It’s the third best in the Western Conference (Cincinnati and Toledo).

2 goal games for Utah this season.                                                                         

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times. Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals (5th 2 goal game of the year), Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Caleb Herbert got his 24th goal of the season.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Caleb Herbert and Ryan Walters also tallied goals. Kevin Carr wins his 3rd game of the week.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3 in OT. Gage Ausmus GWG. Grayson Downing 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah loses 3-0.  

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Utah lost 5-2. Caleb Herbert and Nolan De Jong each scored goals for the Grizzlies. Kevin Carr 32 for 37 saves.  

Friday Game Day Blog: February 15th vs Kansas City

02/15/2019 11:08 AM - Tyson Whiting

Grizzlies vs Mavericks on Friday Night at Maverik Center

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies continue with the 6 game homestand with game 1 of a 3 game series on Friday night against the Kansas City Mavericks. Face-off will be at 7:00 pm.

This weekend is Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty jersey’s for warm-ups tonight and on Saturday night will be wearing specialty jersey’s during the game. Those jersey’s will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to local charities. After the Friday night game, fans can pay $5, which will be donated to charity, and paint a name of someone who is either battling cancer or has lost their lives to cancer. Those names will be displayed on the ice for the Saturday, February 16th game.

Ryan Walters has been outstanding recently for the Grizzlies. He has 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games.

Utah added forwards Joseph Mizzi and Will Smith to the roster. Mizzi comes over from the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers, where he had 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games this season. Smith played in 8 games this year with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder.

Goaltender Joe Cannata and Defenseman Josh Anderson return to the Grizzlies roster after a stint with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Anderson had an assist last Saturday vs Idaho to help Utah complete a 3 game sweep over the Steelheads.

It’s the start of a 3 game series. Face-off on Friday and Saturday night for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler is at 7 pm. On President’s Day, February 18th, face-off is at 1 pm for a Maverik Monday, where tickets are buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

Kansas City Mavericks (24-19-3) at Utah Grizzlies (30-13-5) 7:05 p.m. MT

Utah is in first place in the Mountain Division with 65 standings points. Idaho is in 2nd with 63 points followed by Tulsa. Kansas City is in 4th place with 51 points.

● 4th season meeting between Utah and KC but the first time at Maverik Center. Grizzlies have a 1-1-1 record.

● Grizzlies are third in the league with 28.04 shots-against per game.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 vs Idaho. 4-1 win on Feb. 6.  Won 4-3 Feb. 8 and a 4-2 win on Feb. 9. 

Overall record: 30-13-4-1

Home record: 17-7-1. Utah has outscored opponents 85 to 59 at home.

Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Kansas City on Feb. 15-16, 18)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1 and have standings points in 7 straight. During that stretch, Utah has outscored opponents 26 to 14.

Goals per game: 3.52 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.75 (4th). 

Shots per game: 31.27 (16th). 

Shots against per game: 28.02 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.7 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.9 % (2nd).

Grizzlies Swept Idaho

Saturday night a crowd of 9065 saw the Grizzlies win 4-2 to sweep the Steelheads in a 3 game series. Utah outscored Idaho 12-6 for the week, scoring 4 goals in each of the 3 games.

Kansas City This Week

It’s the 4th season meeting between the two teams, though it’s the first time KC will be at Maverik Center.

November 3rdKansas City won 5-4 in overtime as Mark Cooper got the game winner. Grizzlies got goals from 4 different players.

January 25thUtah won 5-1 as Jack Walker, Austin Carroll and Josh Dickinson each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

January 26thKansas City won 4-3. JT Henke had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Grizzlies Sign Forward Joseph Mizzi

Utah signs forward Joseph Mizzi, who had been playing with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League).

Mizzi has 32 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Mizzi is 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He’s 20 years old.

Utah Trades for Will Smith

The Grizzlies traded for Forward Will Smith from the Adirondack Thunder for future considerations. Smith appeared in 23 games for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL this season, scoring 8 goals and 12 assists. He was with Adirondack for 8 games. Smith is 5’11” and 174 pounds.

Welcome Back Josh and Joe

Goaltender Joe Cannata and Defenseman Josh Anderson return to the Grizzlies roster after a stint with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Anderson had an assist last Saturday vs Idaho to help Utah complete a 3 game sweep over the Steelheads.

Injuries on the Trip

JT Henke is out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Henke has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 31 games this season for Utah. Defenseman Nolan De Jong was hurt last Saturday vs Kansas City and has missed the last 7 games. Forward Austin Carroll is out with an upper body injury and Jack Walker is out with a lower body injury. Cole Ully remains out of the lineup since getting hurt on December 29th vs Allen. RT Rice is also out for Utah.

Grizzlies Among League Leaders

Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league with 25 goals on the season. Herbert is also 4th in the league with 52 points.

Joe Cannata, currently leads the league with 4 shutouts. Kevin Carr is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 shutouts. Teigan Zahn leads all defenseman with 12 major penalties.

Who’s Been Great Lately

Ryan Walters had 6 goals and 2 assists in the last 5 games.

Mike Economos has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games.

Jake Marchment has 3 goals and 7 assists in his last 9 games and is a +4 in that span.

Josh Dickinson has 1 goal and 7 assists in his last 9 games.

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday. Carr has a record of 14-5-1 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0-1. 

Grizzlies won 2-1 on January 29th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 4-2 on January 30th at Tulsa. Grizzlies won 5-1 at Wichita on February 1st. Grizzlies lost 5-4 in overtime on February 2nd.  

Watch Out for Special Teams

The Grizzlies are number 2 on the penalty kill at 85.9 percent as well as 5th on the power play at 21.7 %. The power play was 3 for 19 against Idaho while the penalty kill was 14 for 16.

Good First Periods

Utah has outscored opponents 52-39 in the first periods this year. The second periods have been even better, where Utah has outscored opponents 60-41.

Best Winning % in the Division

The Grizzlies have the best winning percentage in the Mountain division at .677.

If the playoffs started today Utah would face the KC Mavericks, who have 51 standings points.

Idaho would be the number 2 seed and face the Tulsa Oilers in the first round.

2 goal games for Utah this season.

Caleb Herbert and JT Henke – 5 times.

Matt Berry– 4 times. Cole Ully, Ryan Walters and Jake Marchment – 2 times 

Tim McGauley, Austin Carroll, Mike Economos , Julien Nantel and Mitch Maxwell– 1 time.  

Award Winners

December Rookie of the Month: JT Henke.

November Co-Player of the Month: Caleb Herbert & Cole Ully.

Player of the Week: Matt Berry – November 19th-25th.

Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata – November 19th-25th, October 12th-14th.

This Homestand

February 6th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Josh Dickinson 2 assists. Mike Economos 1 goal. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves.

February 8th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals (5th 2 goal game of the year), Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Caleb Herbert got his 24th goal of the season.

February 9th – Steelheads at Grizzlies – Utah Wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Caleb Herbert and Ryan Walters also tallied goals. Kevin Carr wins his 3rd game of the week.

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler.

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – President’s Day Matinee. Maverik Monday (Buy One Get One Free Tickets with Maverik Adventure Card).

    

Grizzlies Continue Homestand vs Kansas City

02/11/2019 1:05 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler

West Valley City, Utah – This week is Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler as they have games on February 15th, 16th and 18th against the Kansas City Mavericks.

After the game on Friday, February 15th, fans can pay $5 and come down on the ice and paint a name of someone who has been battling cancer. Those names will be displayed on the ice during the Grizzlies game on Saturday, February 16th.

The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty jersey’s this weekend. Like last season’s fight cancer jerseys, on this year’s specialty jersey’s are names of people battling cancer. Those game worn jersey’s will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to local charities.

Don’t forget about the President’s Day 1 pm matinee against Kansas City. It’s the 2nd Maverik Monday of the season, where tickets are buy one get one free when you show your Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office when purchasing tickets.

Last week the Utah Grizzlies completed a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads last week at Maverik Center, outscoring the Steelheads 12 to 6 in the series.

It was a different player playing the starring role in each of the 3 games. Julien Nantel scored 2 goals and 1 assist and Ryan Walters added 1 goal and 1 assist in Wednesday night’s 4-1 win. On Friday night the Grizzlies got 2 goals from JT Henke and 1 goal and 1 assist from Turner Ottenbreit in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 9065 it was Mitch Maxwell who scored 2 goals, including the empty net game clincher with 46 seconds left to give Utah a 4-2 victory and a 3 game sweep over the division rival Steelheads.

Utah is now in first place by 4 points over Idaho. The Grizz have 65 standings points and a winning percentage of .677. Idaho has 61 points and a .622 winning rate. Utah has standings points in 7 straight games.

Kevin Carr was in net for all 3 victories. Carr stopped 62 of 68 shots on the weekend and made some key saves in the third period of all 3 games to secure Grizzlies victories. Carr has been in goal for each of the team’s last 5 games and has earned 4 wins in that stretch.

For tickets go to utahgrizzlies.com, the Maverik Center Box Office or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call the Grizzlies at (801) 988-8000.

This Week’s Promotions

February 15th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Fans can pay $5 and come on the ice and paint a name of someone who has been battling cancer.

February 16th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler. Specialty jersey’s that will be auctioned off after the game.

February 18th – Mavericks at Grizzlies – President’s Day Matinee. Maverik Monday (Buy One Get One Free Tickets with Maverik Adventure Card).

Games This Week

February 15th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

February 16th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 7 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM/HD-2.

February 18th – Kansas City Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies. 1 pm. ESPN 700.

Last Week’s Games vs Idaho

February 6th – Utah wins 4-1. Julien Nantel 2 goals, 1 assist. Ryan Walters 1 goal, 1 assist. Kevin Carr 19 for 20 saves. Grizzlies were 2 for 6 on the power play and a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.

February 8th – Utah wins 4-3. JT Henke 2 goals. Turner Ottenbreit 1 goal, 1 assist. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play. Kevin Carr 20 for 23 saves.

February 9th – Utah wins 4-2. Mitch Maxwell 2 goals. Ryan Walters and Caleb Herbert each scored goals for Utah. Idaho held to only 3 shots on goal in the third period.

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 3-0 vs Idaho

Grizzlies won 3 games vs Idaho at Maverik Center. 

4-1 win on Feb. 6.  Won 4-3 Feb. 8 and a 4-2 win on Feb. 9. 

Overall record: 30-13-4-1

Home record: 17-7-1

Road record: 13-6-3-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Kansas City on Feb. 15-16, 18)

Last 10 games: Utah is 7-2-1

Goals per game: 3.52 (5th in league). 

Goals against per game: 2.75 (4th). 

Shots per game: 31.27 (16th). 

Shots against per game: 28.02 (3rd). 

Power play: 21.7 % (5th). 

Penalty Kill: 85.9 % (3rd). 

Individual notes:

Ryan Walters has 6 goals and 2 assists in 5 games in February. Mike Economos has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. He is currently with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league with 25 goals, and has a goal in back to back games for Utah.

A different player had a 2 goal game in each of the 3 games last week vs Idaho. Julien Nantel had 2 goals on Feb. 6. JT Henke had 2 goals on Feb. 8 and Mitch Maxwell had 2 goals on Feb. 9,. 

JT Henke has as many 2 goal games (5) as he has 1 goal games (5) this season.

Team notes:

Grizzlies have standings points in 7 straight games. Grizzlies have outscored opponents 85 to 59 at home this season. Grizzlies are in the top 5 in both the power play and penalty kill units. A big crowd of 9065 fans saw the Utah 4-3 win on February 9th vs Idaho. Utah swept a 3 game home series over the Steelheads last week. Utah has scored first in each of their last 5 games.

 

7 Shutouts on the Season

Utah goaltenders have collected 7 shutouts on the season. That’s the most of any team in the league. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts and Kevin Carr got his 3rd shutout on Friday, Feb. 1. Carr has a record of 14-5-2 this year.

November 17th – Joe Cannata 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Indy.

November 21st – Joe Cannata 18 for 18 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 vs Allen.

November 23rd – Joe Cannata 35 for 35 saves. Grizzlies won 5-0 vs Allen. It was 3 shutouts in 3 consecutive games for Cannata, who led the Colorado Eagles to the 2018 Kelly Cup Championship.

December 15th – Kevin Carr 23 for 23 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Rapid City.

December 29th – Joe Cannata 28 for 28 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 vs Allen. Cannata’s 3rd shutout vs Allen.

January 11th – Kevin Carr 30 for 30 saves. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling.

February 1st – Kevin Carr 31 for 31 saves. Grizzlies won 4-0 at Wichita.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days

Forwards Julien Nantel, Grayson Downing and Defenseman Sergei Boikov were added to the lineup on February 6th from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Boikov played in the game on Wednesday before being recalled to the Eagles, while Downing and Nantel played in all 3 games last week in the sweep against Idaho. It was Downing’s first games in the ECHL after spending 4 and a half seasons in the American Hockey League. 

Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-2 Win

02/09/2019 11:14 PM - Adam Turner

 

The Utah Grizzlies smelled blood Saturday night as the wounded Idaho Steelheads skated onto the Maverik Center ice for the final contest of a three game set.  Having defeated Idaho in impressive fashion in the first two matchups, the Grizzlies weren’t about to let a golden opportunity go to waste and went for the proverbial jugular. Utah forward Mitch Maxwell and goalie Kevin Carr answered call and led the attack. With a pair of goals by Maxwell and 23 of 25 saves by Carr, Utah obtained the sweep in front of an electrified crowd of 9,065, skating to a 4-2 victory.

“It comes down to team effort and Carr was great in net,” Maxwell said. “When we had lulls he kept us in it. We wouldn’t have won these three games without him. We’re a confident team right now and we’re capitalizing on our opportunities and we’re executing well. It’s fun to be back wearing a Grizzlie uniform.”

As good as Utah was in the first period, however, they struggled in the second. A spectacular goal by Caleb Herbert notwithstanding, Utah was outshot 15 to 3 in the frame and had it not been for the superb goaltending of Carr, things might have unraveled for the home team. Although Carr surrendered two goals, one was on a 4 on 3 power play and the other was on a turnover that allowed an unchecked Steven McParland to do what he does plenty of, score the puck. They were the only goals that Carr would allow and made several mesmerizing saves with glove, stick and pads.

“He’s playing every game now (Carr) and everyone is seeing just how good he is,” head coach Tim Branham said. “He was tremendous and calm and steady back there and made some huge saves.”

Utah, though, rallied in the third. The Grizzlies’ defense, led by Teigan Zahn anchoring the corps, is playing its best hockey of the season. Having held the high-powered Steelheads to just six goals in the three contests, the defense has been quite possibly more impressive than the offense. And at the end of the contest, all that mattered was the final score and a mission accomplished of sweeping one of the best teams in the league.

“Our boys came together on our last road trip and have learned what it takes to win,” Branham said. “We’re proving when we have our lineup and play our style that we’re extremely tough to beat.”


Grizzlies Sweep Steelheads

02/09/2019 11:13 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Sweep Steelheads With 4-2 Win

West Valley City, Utah – Mitch Maxwell scored 2 goals, including the game clinching empty net goal with 46 seconds left as the Utah Grizzlies win 4-2 to complete a 3 game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads at Maverik Center.

Ryan Walters got the scoring started as he got his 13th of the season 6:17 into the first period. Mitch Maxwell added his first of the season 2 minutes later. It stayed 2-0 until Idaho’s Keegan Kanzig scored 8:11 into the second period.

Caleb Herbert scored his 25th goal of the season 10:56 into the second as he got a pass from Jake Marchment to make it a 3-1 Utah lead. Josh Anderson also got an assist for Utah.

Idaho scored a short handed goal as Steven McParland skated behind the Grizzlies defense for his 20th goal of the season late in the second period.

Good defense and goaltending on both sides ruled the third period. Utah put the game away on Maxwell’s 2nd goal of the game with 46 seconds left. Utah won 4-2 to complete the 3 game sweep of the Steelheads. Utah now has a 4 point lead in first place in the Mountain division.

Kevin Carr got the win for Utah, stopping 23 of 25 shots. Carr’s record goes to 17-5-2 on the year.

The Grizzlies continue the 6 game homestand next Friday and Saturday for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler as they take on the Kansas City Mavericks. 7 pm face-off both nights. Tickets are available at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center box office.

3 stars of the game

1.      Mitch Maxwell (Utah) – 2 goals.

2.      Caleb Herbert (Utah) – 1 goal.

3.      Keegan Kanzig (Idaho) – 1 goal, 1 assist. 

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