December 12, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Utah Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are home Friday and Saturday with Alaska to wrap up six-straight games and eight of ten contests overall against the conference leading Aces. Utah is coming off a 2-2 road trip to Alaska and remains the only team to beat Alaska in Anchorage this year with a 3-3 record.
As Of Late
Utah is 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 games, six of which have been played on the road.
The Grizzlies last Wednesday in Alaska, signed NHL veteran Colby Armstrong, the older brother of Utah co-captain Riley Armstrong. The older Armstrong, 30, has played in 439 NHL games since 2005 with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Toronto. He signed with Montreal on July 1, 2012 and will begin play with them at the end of the current NHL lockout. One of his teammates in Montreal will be Scott Gomez, who's currently on the roster of the Alaska Aces. Armstrong, still conditioning, did not appear with Utah in Alaska and joined Head Coach Kevin Colley and Assistant Coach Greg McCauley in a suit on the Utah bench during the four-game series.
Home For The Holidays
The Grizzlies return for eight-straight games and 13 of their next 16 games starting Friday and Saturday at Maverik Center. Utah will not be on the road until January 4,5,6 when they go to Ontario (1) and Las Vegas (2). They will leave the state of Utah only twice between now and February. The Grizzlies open this home stretch after playing 14 of their first 22 games on the road. Utah has played 63.6-percent of their games on the road so far this season. 28 of Utah's final 50 games this regular season or 56-percent of their games will be played at home. Utah is 5-2-1-0 at home this season.
Off The Wahl
Utah's Mitch Wahl enters the week with a seven-game scoring streak and has two goals and 12 assists in that stretch. Over the last 10 games, Wahl has three goals, 15 assists and six multiple-point games. The 22-year-old assistant captain, leads Utah with five goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 20 games. Since the streak started on November 17, Wahl is tied for the league scoring lead with Chad Costello of Colorado. It's the second-straight point-a-game season, Wahl has had for Utah. Last year, as a 21-year-old, the second round draft pick of Calgary in 2008 had 20 goals and 20 assists in 38 games.
Rollheiser In Goal
Utah rookie Grant Rollheiser has settled in nicely to Utah's goaltending spot while third-year Utah starting goalie Andrew Engelage remains on reserve. Rollheiser is 5-3-0-1 as Utah's starter and has come on particularly strong as of late. He has allowed three goals or less in four of his last five starts and six of nine overall. In the last two weeks, Rollheiser has held the opposition to under two goals twice. Even-strength, Rollheiser has allowed just eight five-on-five goals in the last six games. Monday, in Anchorage, he was 5:49 away from his first professional shutout and Utah's first ever shutout in Alaska.
Over the 12 periods during the four-game series in Anchorage; Utah outscored Alaska in three periods, Alaska outscored Utah in two and seven periods were tied. Five-on-five scoring was level at seven goals for each team.
The Grizzlies return home Friday and Saturday to host Alaska. Face-off both nights is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday is "Pooch on the Pond" where fans are can bring their dogs to the game. A ticket for a fan and their dog is $20. Saturday is our Toy Drive and a post-game skate with the team. Fans can save up to $5 off of a ticket when they bring a toy to the Maverik Center box office. Call (801) 988-8800 or visit utahgrizzlies.com for more information.