Grizzlies Playoff Preview: Game 3 Allen at Utah
Game 3 of the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Best of 5 Western Conference Semifinal Series
Allen Americans at Utah Grizzlies. 7:10 pm MT. Mixlr/FloSports. Allen leads the series 2-0
Western Conference Semifinals
#1 Allen Americans (45-23-4) vs. #4 Utah Grizzlies (35-26-11)
Game 1 - Utah 1 Allen 3 - Matthew Boucher scored 14:21 into the first period. Allen got goals from Spencer Asuchak, Brett Neumann and Colby McAuley. Utah outshot Allen 30 to 23. Allen went 0 for 5 on the power play and Utah was 0 for 3. Charlie Gerard led Utah with 6 shots on goal. Allen goaltender Jake Paterson saved 29 of 30 and Utah's Parker Gahagen saved 20 of 22.
Game 2 - Utah 2 Allen 4 - Cedric Pare had 1 goal and 1 assist. Travis Barron added his 4th career playoff goal in the 3rd period. Utah outshot Allen 29 to 22. Utah went 1 for 4 on the power play and Allen was 1 for 3.
Game 3 - Friday, June 11 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Utah
Game 4 - Saturday, June 12 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Utah (If Necessary)
Game 5 - Monday, June 14 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Utah (If Necessary)
Friday Night is game 3 of the best of 5 series. It's a must win situation for the Grizzlies, who are down 2-0 in the best of 5 series. The winner of this series faces the winner of the Wichita - Fort Wayne series, which is currently tied 1-1.
3rd game of the series
It's the 3rd game of the series. This season Utah had a record of 15-2-0-1 in the 3rd game of a set. Utah was 5-0 vs Allen in the 3rd game of a series during the regular season.
Travis Barron Has Scored in Both Games
Barron had an assist in game 1 on a Matthew Boucher first period goal. In game 2 Barron scored a goal 6:08 into the 3rd period. Barron has 4 career playoff goals in 27 games. Travis played in 20 playoff games for the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles, scoring 2 goals and 5 assists. He had 1 goal for Utah in 5 playoff games in 2019. The 3rd year pro was drafted in the 7th round (191st overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Cedric Pare Had Solid 2nd Game
Pare had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game 2 loss to Allen. The first year pro was tied for 3rd on the club with 40 points this season (17 goals, 23 assists). Pare led the team with 2 overtime game winners in the regular season. On May 28 he won the game 2-1 vs Tulsa. On May 22 Pare scored both of Utah's goals, including the game winner 57 seconds into overtime in a 2-1 win vs Allen. Cedric was drafted in the 6th round (171st overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Welcome to Playoff Hockey Matthew Boucher
Boucher scored a goal in his pro playoff debut on Tuesday night. He led Utah with 25 goals in the regular season and was named the league's Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year pros with 52 points. During the regular season Boucher had 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 16 games vs Allen.
Goals Galore for the Number 10
There must be something about the number 10 and leading the team in goals. This season Matthew Boucher wore number 10 and had 25 goals to lead the Grizzlies. Last season Ty Lewis wore number 10 for Utah and led the team with 25 goals when the season was cancelled on March 14, 2020.
Save That Puck Matthew Schwegmann, It's His First as a Pro
There were 4 different instances this season where a player scored his first professional goal vs Allen. Hunter Skinner scored 2 goals vs Allen on January 31. Wyatt McLeod also scored 2 goals vs Allen on May 19. 4 days later Sasha Mutala also scored his first 2 professional goals vs Allen on May 23. Current Allen defenseman Kris Myllari scored his first pro goal in the 2nd period of the January 30 game.
Feed the Grizz
Fans will throw fish on the ice after Utah's first goal for each of the Grizzlies home playoff games. It's a tradition that dates back all the way to the 1996 championship season.
2020-2021 Utah Grizzlies Regular Season Totals (league rankings)
Overall record: 35-26-5-6
Home record: 21-9-3-3. Utah has outscored opponents 122 to 102 at home.
Road record: 14-17-2-3
Win percentage: .563 (4th in Western Conference).
Streak: Won 1
Standings Points: 81
Last 10: 5-5.
Goals per game: 2.88 (Tied 10th). Goals for: 207
Goals against per game: 3.04 (10th). Goals against: 219
Shots per game: 32.40 (4th).
Shots against per game: 29.10 (3rd).
Power Play: 16.8 % - 47 for 280 (8th).
Penalty Kill: 84.2 % - 218 for 259 (5th)
Penalty Minutes: 1037 (14.40 per game).
Shorthanded Goals: 12 (Tied for 2nd) - Travis Barron had 5 shorthanded goals to tie for the league lead with Allen's Corey Mackin.
Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 10 (Tied 10th)
Players Used: 52.
Record When Scoring First: 22-9-2-1
First Goal Win Loss
Utah Grizzlies 22 12
Opposition 13 25
Team Leaders (2020-21 season)
Goals: Matthew Boucher (25)
Assists: Trey Bradley (37)
Points: Boucher (52)
Plus/Minus: Matt Abt (+8)
PIM: Teigan Zahn/Hayden Hodgson (86)
Games Played: Cedric Pare (67)
Power Play Points: Ryan Lowney (17)
Power Play Goals: AJ White (9)
Power Play Assists: Lowney/Ty Lewis (11)
Shots on Goal: Boucher (209)
Shooting Percentage: AJ White (14.2 %) - Minimum 45 shots.
Game Winning Goals: White (5)
Wins: Parker Gahagen (10)
Save %: Gahagen (.929) - Minimum 8 games
Goals Against Average: Gahagen (2.04). - Minimum 8 games
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT SO TOTAL Shots 1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
Utah Grizzlies 57 83 60 4 3 207 Utah Grizzlies 761 796 729 44 2330
Opposition 70 77 61 5 6 219 Opposition 653 766 624 46 2089
Head Coach - Tim Branham. Coach Branham is the winningest head coach in Utah Grizzlies history with 284 victories over 8 seasons. It's the 6th time the Grizzlies have reached the playoffs in Coach Branham's tenure.
Assistant Coach - Ryan Kinasewich. The all-time Grizzlies leader in goals (156), assists (200) and points (356). It's Ryan's 4th season as Grizzlies assistant.
Equipment Manager - Matthew Schwegmann. 2nd season with Utah. Was with Peoria in the SPHL in the 2019 and the year prior was with the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen.
Athletic Trainer - Collin Lee. 1st year with Utah. Previously was with the South Carolina Stingrays staff.
Utah vs Allen Regular Season Series
The teams met 18 times during the regular season. Utah went 8-6-4 vs Allen. Les Lancaster led the Americans in the season series with 14 points (1g-13a) while Jake Paterson went 6-1-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average. The Grizz were led by Cedric Pare's eight goals while Matthew Boucher (6g-5a) and Trey Bradley (2g-9a) shared the team lead with 11 points each. Utah won 6 of the last 8 meetings.
Allen 0 @ Utah 4 (May 23 2021) - Peyton Jones 28 save shutout. Sasha Mutala 2 goals. Utah 2-6 power play. AJ White had 1 goal and 1 assist.
Allen 1 @ Utah 2 (May 22 2021) OT - Cedric Pare GWG 57 seconds into OT. Utah outshot Allen 26-14.
Allen 1 @ Utah 4 (May 21 2021) - Ty Lewis 2 goals, 1 assist. Trey Bradley 3 assists.
Allen 5 @ Utah 3 (May 19 2021) - Wyatt McLeod first 2 pro goals. Allen scored last 5 goals in contest.
Utah 2 @ Allen 1 (Apr 25 2021) - Charlie Gerard GWG 4:48 into 3rd period.
Utah 2 @ Allen 4 (Apr 24 2021) - Charlie Gerard and Travis Barron got Utah's goals.
Utah 4 @ Allen 2 (Apr 23 2021) - Lewis and Gerard each with 1 goal, 1 assist.
Utah 3 @ Allen 2 (Apr 3 2021) SO - Trey Bradley shootout game winner.
Utah 0 @ Allen 3 (Apr 2 2021) - Hayden Hawkey 25 save shutout for Allen.
Utah 2 @ Allen 3 (Apr 1 2021) - Boucher and Pare tally goals for Utah.
Allen 1 @ Utah 5 (Mar 14 2021) - Bradley, Boucher each had 1 goal, 2 assists.
Allen 5 @ Utah 4 (Mar 13 2021) OT - Cedric Pare 2 goals, Matt Hoover 1 goal, 1 assist. Utah had 3 goals in 1 minute 21 seconds late in 2nd period.
Allen 6 @ Utah 2 (Mar 12 2021) - Utah outshot Allen 33-22.
Utah 3 @ Allen 5 (Mar 3 2021) - Hunter Skinner 1 goal, 1 assist.
Utah 1 @ Allen 2 (Feb 9 2021) SO - Boucher 2nd period power play goal.
Allen 3 @ Utah 4 (Jan 31 2021) - Hunter Skinner scored first 2 pro goals.
Allen 3 @ Utah 2 (Jan 30 2021) SO - Kris Myllari & Pat Cannone scored goals.
Allen 5 @ Utah 2 (Jan 29 2021) - Utah went 2 for 4 on power play.
7 Have Double Digit Goal Seasons
Matthew Boucher (25), Charlie Gerard (20), Cedric Pare (17), AJ White (15), Ryan Lowney (11) Pat Cannone and Trey Bradley (10) each had a double digit goal season.
Grizzlies Record is Outstanding When Leading After 1st and 2nd
Utah was 13-4-0-1 when leading after 1 period and 22-4-1-1 when leading after 2.
Grizzlies Enjoying Maverik Center Surroundings
Utah outscored opponents 122 to 102 at home this season. The Grizz went 21-9-3-3 at Maverik Center, earning 48 standings points in 36 home games.
Many 1 Goal Games
35 of the 72 games were decided by 1 goal. This season the Grizzlies have played in 18 games past regulation. Utah is 18-6-11 in 1 goal games.
Grizzlies Players with Championship Experience
Garrett Johnston was on the 2019 Kelly Cup Champion Newfoundland Growlers. Johnston appeared in 23 games in the 2019 playoffs, scoring 1 goal and 6 assists. Travis Barron was on the 2018 Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles. Teigan Zahn won back-to-back championships with Colorado in 2017-2018.
Players With Previous Grizzlies Playoff Experience
Travis Barron, Ty Lewis and Teigan Zahn were each with the Grizzlies on their 2019 playoff series vs Idaho. Barron had 1 goal and Lewis had 3 assists.
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