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Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-1 Loss to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:58 PM - Adam Turner

 

On Wednesday night at the Maverik Center after one period of play, the visiting Tulsa Oilers had as many goals (2) as the Utah Grizzlies had shots on net. Needless to say, that isn’t a recipe for success for the home team. On a night in which Utah only laced up 14 skaters, the Oilers took advantage of Utah’s depleted roster, punishing their way to a 4-1 victory.

“We didn’t come ready to play and they outworked us which was disappointing,” head coach Tim Branham said. “Guys didn’t step up. We’ve got to make sure we don’t put ourselves behind the eight ball right away two games in a row against good teams.”

Tulsa brought with them an impressive record of 21-12-4-2 and looked every bit as good as advertised, possessing the puck for the majority of the game against a baffled Utah team. Although the Grizzlies refused to go quietly into the night, fighting hard for the remaining two periods, Tulsa’s punishing style proved too difficult to overcome.

A pair of goals less than two minutes apart seemed to deject the home team as two of Tulsa’s first five shots on net were productive. Forwards Scott Henagar and Charlie Sampair fired successful efforts past the outstretched glove of Kevin Carr. On the other hand, Tulsa’s goalie, Evan Fitzpatrick,  wasn’t much more than a spectator as nearly the entire period was spent in Utah’s defensive zone.

Surprisingly enough, for all of Tulsa’s statistical prowess, they rank dead last in the league on the power play. However, that didn’t stop them from putting a stranglehold on the game in the second period when Jared Thomas launched a shot from the strong side that blistered the back of the net.

By the time Austin Carroll got the home team on the board in the third period, it was too little too late. Alex Kromm buried a chance in the waning moments and that was all she wrote.

“There’s nothing that we can adjust other than being ready to play,” Branham said. We’ll find out if the Grizzlies will answer the bell Friday and Saturday against a tough opponent.


Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

01/16/2019 10:57 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Fall 4-1 to Tulsa

West Valley City, Utah – The Tulsa Oilers got goals from 4 different players and outshot the Utah Grizzlies 27 to 14 on their way to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night at Maverik Center.

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead early in the game as Scott Henegar and Charlie Sampair each scored first period. Tulsa outshot Utah 13 to 2 in the first period of play.

The Oilers extended the lead to 3-0 as Jared Thomas scored his 10th of the year on a power play goal. Tulsa went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Grizzlies went 0 for 3 on the man advantage.

Utah got on the board as Austin Carroll scored his 11th goal on an unassisted breakaway goal 3 minutes into the third period. Tulsa added an empty net goal by Alex Kromm with 1:57 left in regulation. The Grizzlies were outshot 8 to 3 in the 3rd period.

Oilers goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick gets the win, stopping 13 of 14 shots. Kevin Carr stopped 23 of 26 for the Grizzlies. It was a rare loss for Carr, who has a record of 12-3-1 on the year.

Game 2 of the 3 game series is Friday night at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. The game can be heard on Classic Country 1370 AM/104.3 FM HD-2. The game is also featured as the ECHL.TV showcase game on Facebook Live. 

Grizzlies Homestand Begins Tonight vs Tulsa

01/16/2019 4:14 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begin Homestand Tonight vs Tulsa

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies begin the 4 game homestand tonight against the Tulsa Oilers at Maverik Center, 7:05 MT face-off.

It’s the first meeting this season between the division opponents. Both teams are tied for 2nd place in the Mountain Division with 48 standings points, 1 behind the first place Idaho Steelheads.

JT Henke and Tim McGauley lead Grizzlies skaters currently on the roster with 12 goals. Both players had 2 goals last week in the 3 game Central division road trip, where the Grizzlies went 2-1. Caleb Herbert leads the team with 19 goals and is currently with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. Matt Berry has 13 goals for Utah and is currently with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

Taylor Richart had a goal in the Grizzlies most recent game, a 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne last Saturday night. Richart leads the team with a +14 on the year and lead Utah blueliners with 5 goals on the year. Richart has added 8 assists for the Grizzlies, who currently have a record of 22-9-3-1.

Grizzlies claimed forward Eric Freschi off waivers from the Wichita Thunder. He spent 6 games with Wichita and 3 with Atlanta this season. Freschi had 7 goals and 17 assists in 50 games last season for the Kansas City Mavericks.

Josh Dickinson will be playing his first game for Utah since December 8th when he had 2 assists for the Grizzlies in a 5-1 victory over Idaho. Dickinson has spent the past month with the Colorado Eagles, where he had 1 goal and 3 assists in 13 games. With the Grizzlies this season, Dickinson has 2 goals and 4 assists.

Both teams have been playing great hockey lately as Utah is 7-3 in their last 10 games and Tulsa is 8-2 in their last 10. The Oilers swept the Rapid City Rush in a 3 game series last week, outscoring the Rush 15-4.

Tickets are available now at the Maverik Center box office, utahgrizzlies.com or any Smith’s Tix locations. You can also call (801) 988-8000 for tickets. It’s the first game of a three game series. Grizzlies also face Tulsa on Friday and Saturday, with Saturday night being Guns N Hoses night at Maverik Center. Tonight’s game will be on ESPN 700, 6:45 pm pregame show, 7:05 pm face-off at Maverik Center.

Promotions This Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.  

Games This Week

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2. ECHL.TV Showcase Game on Facebook Live.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV. 

Grizzlies 4 Game Homestand Starts Wednesday

01/14/2019 10:49 AM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Begins 4 Game Homestand Wednesday

West Valley City, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies are back at Maverik Center for a 4 game homestand after going 2-1 on a central division road trip last week.

It’s the first time the Grizzlies will take on the division rival Tulsa Oilers. Both teams are tied for 2nd in the league with 48 standings points.

Guns N Hoses Night is on Saturday, January 19th. Guns N Hoses charity games start at 12:30 pm and last all day leading up to the Grizzlies game vs Tulsa at 7 pm. Last year’s Guns N Hoses game had a sellout crowd of 10,649 as the Grizzlies lost 3-2 to Tulsa.

The annual Martin Luther King Matinee game is on January 21st against the division rival Idaho Steelheads. It’s the first Maverik Monday of the season as it’s buy one get one free tickets with Maverik Adventure Card at the Maverik Center box office.

The Grizzlies have the 2nd best winning percentage in the Western Conference and the best in the Mountain Division. Utah has a .686 winning percentage, trailing only the Cincinnati Cyclones, who has a .730 win %.

Utah has been one of the best teams at home this season. The Grizzlies have outscored opponents 61 to 34 at Maverik Center this season along with a record of 13-4-1.

Promotions Next Homestand

January 16th vs Tulsa – Wendy’s Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy’s).

January 18th vs Tulsa – AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for AFCU Members paying with AFCU Debit/Credit Card at Maverik Center Box Office).

January 19th vs Tulsa – Guns N Hoses Night (Specialty Jerseys), Guns N Hoses Charity games start at 12:30 pm.

January 21st vs Idaho – Martin Luther King Matinee, Maverik Monday, Buy One Get One Free Tickets With Maverik Adventure Card.

Games This Week

January 16th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 18th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370/104.3 FM-HD-2. ECHL.TV Showcase Game on Facebook Live.

January 19th vs Tulsa Oilers – 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.

January 21st vs Idaho Steelheads – 1:00 pm. ECHL.TV.

Road Trip Recap

January 9th Utah 4 Cincinnati 3 (shootout) - Joe Cannata stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout. Tim McGauley tied up the game 3-3 with 4:55 left in the third period and also scored first for Utah in the shootout. Jack Walker got the deciding goal in the shootout, as he was named number 1 star for the 2nd straight game. JT Henke and Ryan Walters each had first period goals for Utah.

January 11th Utah 3 Wheeling 0 - Utah goaltenders got their league leading 6th shutout of the season as Kevin Carr stopped 30 of 30 shots, and JT Henke and Travis Barron each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Utah.

January 12th Utah 4 Fort Wayne 6 – Grizzlies got goals from Taylor Richart, Tim McGauley, Ryan Walters and Mike Economos.

Last week was a good trip for JT Henke and Ryan Walters, who each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Tim McGauley had 2 goals and 1 assist last week, and also had a shootout goal on Wednesday night. Henke and McGauley each have 12 goals on the season, which is tied for 3rd on the club and tied for most among players currently on the roster (Caleb Herbert has 19 goals, currently with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles and Matt Berry has 13 goals, currently with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls).

Previous Week's Record: Utah went 2-1 on a central division road trip 

Grizzlies won 4-3 in a shootout at Cincinnati on January 9th. Grizzlies won 3-0 at Wheeling on January 11th. Grizzlies lost 6-4 at Fort Wayne on January 12th. 

Overall record: 22-9-3-1

Home record: 13-4-1

Road record: 9-5-2-1

This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Tulsa January 16th, 18th and 19th.  

Last 10 games: 7-3. Have won 5 of their last 6 games. 

Goals per game: 3.51 (Tied for 5th in the league).

Goals allowed per game: 2.69 (4th in the league).

Shots per game: 32.51 (7th).

Shots allowed per game: 28.14 (3rd).

Special Teams: Grizzlies are tied for first in the league on the penalty kill at 86.2 percent.  Utah went 13 of 14 on the penalty kill last weekend. The Grizzlies scored a power play goal in all 3 games of the road trip, going 3 for 14 on the trip. Utah is 6th on the power play at 20.1 percent.

Roster Moves Last 7 Days: On January 7th forward Ryan Misiak was traded to the Idaho Steelheads to complete a future considerations deal that originally was made with Florida for the rights to forward Matt Berry, who scored 13 goals and 9 assists in 20 games this season before going to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Berry has 3 goals and 10 assists in 14 games for the Gulls.

League Leaders

JT Henke is tied for 4th with a 27.3 shot percentage. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. Caleb Herbert is 3rd in the league in goals despite not playing in the ECHL since December 23rd. He’s currently with the Colorado Eagles.

 

 

 

Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

01/12/2019 9:48 PM - Tyson Whiting

 Grizzlies Win Streak Ends with 6-4 Loss

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The Fort Wayne Komets got off to a 5-0 lead 11:49 into the 2nd period and held on to win 6-4 over the Utah Grizzlies to end the Utah 5 game winning streak on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Wayne scored 22 seconds into the game as Marco Roy scored his 6th of the season. The Komets extended the lead to 4-0 late in the first period on goals by J.C. Campagna, Jake Kamrass and Brady Shaw.

The Komets extended the lead to 5-0 as Jamie Schaafsma scored a shorthanded goal. Fort Wayne extended their winning streak to 5 games.

Utah clawed their way back late in the 2nd period on goals by Taylor Richart and Tim McGauley. Midway through the 3rd period, Utah made it a 5-3 game on Ryan Walters 7th of the year on a great pass from J.T. Henke, who got his 8th assist of the year.

The Komets put the game away when Anthony Petruzzelli scored an empty net goal with 2:28 left in regulation.

Mike Economos scored with 38 seconds left in the game to make it a 6-4 game.

The Grizzlies head home for a 4 game homestand starting on Wednesday, January 16th against the Tulsa Oilers. It will be the first season series between the 2 teams. Tickets are available now at utahgrizzlies.com or the Maverik Center Box Office.

Grizzlies Notes: Joe Cannata stopped 24 of 29 shots in the loss for Utah. He was going up against former Colorado Eagles teammate Lukas Hafner, who stopped 29 of 33 shots for the Komets. Utah finished 1 for 7 on the power play, while Fort Wayne went 1 for 6. Utah scored 4 goals in the game but did not have a single player with a multiple point game. Stan Dzakhov had an assist on the Richart goal, which was Stan’s first point in a Grizzlies uniform. 

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