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Grizzlies Preview: Utah at Rapid City, January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021 - ECHL (ECHL) - Utah Grizzlies News Release

Utah Grizzlies (6-3-2-1, 15 points) at Rapid City Rush (4-10, 8 points)

January 22, 2021 | 7:05 PM | Game #12 | Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Referees: Andrew Bruggeman (# 25)

Linesmen: Cade Bloomenrader (# 91), Christopher Williams (#62).

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Rapid City, South Dakota - It's the second and final game of the weekend series in the Black Hills. It's the 7th season meeting between the clubs. The Grizzlies split a 2 game series to begin the season on December 11th and 12th. Utah has won 5 in a row against the Rush.

Last Night: Utah 3 Rapid City 2

Trey Bradley had 2 goals and Riley Woods had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Utah. Brad Barone stopped 27 of 29 shots in his first start of the season. Both teams had 29 shots on goal and both went 1 for 4 on the power play. 19 year old Hunter Skinner had 2 assists in his professional debut. Matthew Boucher also had 2 assists. Boucher has 6 points in his last 4 games.

Lots of Close Games

7 of the 12 games this season have been decided by 1 goal. Utah is 3-1-2-1 in 1 goal games, earning a standings point in 6 of the 7.

Barone Shines in First Start

Utah goaltender Brad Barone saved 27 of 29 in his first start of the season last night. Barone went 4-3-2 in 9 games last season for the Grizzlies, with the biggest highlight of the season coming on December 7th, 2019 when Barone stopped all 24 Rush shots and getting the shutout 3-0 on their Teddy Bear Toss Night.

Hunter Skinner Has a Strong Debut

Skinner got 2 assists in the second period of last night's game. The 19 year old was making his professional debut in the 3-2 win. Skinner played with team USA in the 2021 World Juniors Championship. Last season he had 6 goals and 26 assists for the OHL's London Knights.

Point Streaks

Matthew Boucher has a point in 4 straight games (1g, 5a). Boucher is a +4 in his last 4 games. Trey Bradley has 3 goals in his last 2 games. Bradley has 3 multiple point games in his 10 games played this season.

It's the Pat Cannone Show

Cannone leads the club with 10 points. In 10 games, Cannone has 3 goals and 7 assists. He has a point in 7 of the 10 games. Pat began his professional career with a 2 game stint with Binghamton in the 2010-11 season, which followed his 4 year career at Miami (Ohio). He spent the next 2 full seasons with the AHL's Binghamton Senators. Pat was with the Chicago Wolves from 2014-2016 and was team captain in the 2015-16 season. He also has 2 years of experience with the Iowa Wild in 2017 and 2018, and fulfilled a lifelong dream by playing in 3 NHL games with the 2016-17 Minnesota Wild. Pat spent the last 2 seasons in Europe.

This Year vs Rapid City

Utah is 5-1 against Rapid City this season. Utah has outshot Rapid City 202-173 in 6 games. Joe Wegwerth has 4 goals and 2 assists against the Rush this season. Diego Cuglietta leads all Utah players with 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists). Jack Jenkins was great in the Grizz 3 game sweep from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 2, 2021. Jenkins had 2 goals and 3 assists and was a +5 in 3 games. Trey Bradley has 5 points (2g, 3a) in 4 games vs the Rush. Pat Cannone has 5 points (1g, 4a) in 4 games vs RC.

December 11th, 2020 - Utah 4 Rapid City 6 - Cedric Pare, Miles Gendron and Joe Wegwerth each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

December 12th, 2020 - Utah 3 Rapid City 1 - Diego Cuglietta and Brayden Gelsinger each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Peyton Jones got his first pro win in goal.

Diego Cuglietta won the league Player of the Week honors for his 1 goal, 3 assists weekend on Dec. 11-12.

December 31st, 2020 - Rapid City 3 Utah 5 - Joe Wegwerth and Ian Scheid each had 2 goals. Trey Bradley had 3 assists and Jack Jenkins was a +3 and had 1 goal and 2 assists.

January 1st, 2021 - Rapid City 3 Utah 4 - Ian Scheid GWG on Power Play with 4:59 left in regulation.

January 2nd, 2021 - Rapid City 2 Utah 3 - Utah got goals from Pat Cannone, Joe Wegwerth and Yuri Terao.

January 22nd, 2021 - Utah 3 Rapid City 2 - Trey Bradley 2 goals, Riley Woods 1 goal, 1 assist. Matthew Boucher and Hunter Skinner had 2 assists. Brad Barone 27 of 29 saves. Both teams had 29 shots on goal and both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play.

Utah Growlers?

Garrett Johnston, Riley Woods, Trey Bradley and Miles Gendron each played with the Newfoundland Growlers last season. The Growlers ended the 2019-20 season in first place in the North division and had a record of 42-17-1. Goaltender Parker Gahagen, who was loaned to the AHL's Colorado Eagles this past Tuesday was also on the Growlers 2019-20 club.

2020-21 Roster

Forwards: Matthew Boucher, Trey Bradley, Pat Cannone, Diego Cuglietta, Matt Hoover, Christian Horn, Jack Jenkins, Mitch Maxwell, Cedric Pare, Jared Pike, Yuri Terao, Joe Wegwerth. AJ White, Riley Woods.

Defenseman: Miles Gendron, Garrett Johnston, Ryker Killins, Alex Lepkowski, Ryan Lowney, Kris Myllari, Hunter Skinner, Teigan Zahn.

Goaltenders: Brad Barone, Evan Buitenhuis, Kevin Carr.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tim Branham - 255 wins over 7 + seasons. The winningest coach in team history.

Assistant Coach: Ryan Kinasewich - 4th season as assistant coach. He's the franchise's all-time leader in goals, assists and points.

Equipment Manager: Matthew Schwegmann - 2nd season in Utah, 3rd in ECHL and 4th professionally.

Athletic Trainer: Collin Lee: First year Grizzlies trainer.

2020-2021 Regular Season Totals (league rankings)

Overall record: 6-3-2-1

Home record: 4-1-1

Road record: 2-2-1-1

Win percentage: .625 (3rd in Western Conference).

Streak: Won 1.

Last 10: 5-2-2-1.

Goals per game: 3.08 (7th in the league).

Goals against per game: 2.92 (7th).

Shots per game: 33.25 (5th).

Shots against per game: 29.42 (2nd).

Power Play: 17.8 % - 8 for 45 (4th).

Penalty Kill: 77.3 % - 34 for 44 (12th).

Shorthanded Goals: 4 (Tied for 1st)

Record When Scoring First: 5-2-1. Utah has scored first in 8 of the 12 games.

First Goal Win Loss

Utah Grizzlies 5 3

Opposition 1 3

Team Leaders (2020-21 season)

Goals: Charlie Gerard (5)

Assists: Diego Cuglietta (8)

Points: Pat Cannone (10)

Plus/Minus: Matt Abt (+8)

PIM: Joe Wegwerth/Teigan Zahn/Matt Abt (18)

Power Play Points: Pat Cannone (4)

Shots on Goal: Charlie Gerard (44) - 3rd most in the league.

Shooting Percentage: AJ White (25.0 %) Minimum 5 shots.

Game Winning Goals: 6 tied with 1.

Wins: Peyton Jones (4)

Save %: Brad Barone (.931)

Goals Against Average: Barone (2.00).

Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT SO TOTAL Shots 1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL

Utah Grizzlies 14 14 9 0 0 37 Utah Grizzlies 141 134 114 10 399

Opposition 10 14 8 2 1 35 Opposition 121 128 96 7 352

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