Grizzlies Return Home for 6 Games
West Valley City, Utah - The Utah Grizzlies return home after a successful 6 game road trip, where they went 4-1-1 and picked up 9 of 12 standings points against division opponents.
The Grizzlies face the division rival Idaho Steelheads in a battle for first place in the Mountain Division on February 6th, 8th and 9th. Idaho currently leads the division with 61 standings points and a winning percentage of .663. Utah is in second place with 59 points and a .656 winning percentage.
Idaho has won 5 of the 9 season meetings with Utah, in what is arguably the toughest rivalry in the league.
Utah split a 2 game series at Kansas City, winning 5-1 on January 25th and losing 4-3 on January 26th. Kansas City will visit Utah for Grizzlies Fight Cancer Weekend Presented by Stadler on Feb. 15-16 as well as the President's Day 1 pm Maverik Monday on Feb. 18.
Jake Marchment and Joe Cannata were outstanding in Tulsa and played a big role in the Grizzlies sweeping a 2 game series at BOK Center against a good Oilers team. Jake Marchment had 1 goal and 1 assist and Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots in the 2-1 win on January 29th. Marchment has 2 goals the next night in a 4-2 victory.
In Wichita, it was the Ryan Walters and Mike Economos show for the Grizzlies. Walters had 2 goals in each of the 2 games at INTRUST Bank Arena and Economos had 3 power play goals for the weekend, 1 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Kevin Carr got the shutout in a 4-0 win on February 1st. It was the 7th shutout by Grizzlies goaltenders this season and the 3rd by Carr. The next night the Grizzlies led 4-1 after 2 periods of play but 3 unanswered Wichita goals forced OT and the Thunder scored early in the extra session to take the extra standings point.
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.
Next Homestand Promotions
February 6th - Steelheads at Grizzlies - Wendy's Wednesday (Tickets start at $10 with voucher from Wendy's).
February 8th - Steelheads at Grizzlies - AFCU Friday (Tickets start at $8 for fans paying with their America First Credit Union Debit/Credit Card). Girl Scout Night.
February 9th - Steelheads at Grizzlies - Grizzbee's Birthday, Date Night Special.
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).
Games This Week
February 6th - Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies - 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM HD-2.
February 8th - Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies - 7:00 pm. Classic Country 1370 AM, 104.3 FM HD-2.
February 9th - Idaho Steelheads at Utah Grizzlies - 7:00 pm. ESPN 700.
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.
Overall record: 27-13-4-1
Home record: 14-7-1
Road record: 13-6-3-1
This Week's Games: (Utah is home vs Idaho on Feb. 6, 8-9)
Last 10 games: Utah is 5-4-1
Goals per game: 3.49 (5th in league).
Goals against per game: 2.80 (5th).
Shots per game: 31.49 (15th).
Shots against per game: 28.40 (4th).
Power play: 22.3 % (2nd).
Penalty Kill: 85.7 % (2nd).
Individual notes: Ryan Walters has 4 goals in his last 2 games. Mike Economos has 3 power play goals in his last 2 games. Jake Marchment had 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. Joe Cannata leads the league with 4 shutouts. He is currently with the AHL's Colorado Eagles. Caleb Herbert is tied for 2nd with 49 points.
Team notes: Grizzlies power play is a perfect 4 for 4 in the last 2 games. Utah is 2nd in the league on both the power play and penalty kill. Utah completed a 6 game road trip with a 4-1-1 record.
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.
Games This Week
January 29th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers - Utah won 2-1. Jake Marchment 1 goal, 1 assist. Joe Cannata stopped 36 of 37 shots. Josh Anderson GWG with 9:22 left in the third period. It was Anderson's first professional goal.
January 30th - Utah Grizzlies at Tulsa Oilers - Utah won 4-2. Jake Marchment 2 goals. Eric Freschi GWG with 9:17 left in the third. Tim McGauley scored his 14th goal of the season. Joe Cannata 25 for 27 saves.
February 1st - Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder - Utah won 4-0. Kevin Carr 31 for 31. Carr's 3rd shutout of the season. Ryan Walters scored 2 goals. Mike Economos and Joey Raats added goals. Eric Freschi and Jake Marchment each had 2 assists.
February 2nd - Utah Grizzlies at Wichita Thunder - Wichita won 5-4 in OT. Ryan Walters and Mike Economos each had 2 goals. JT Henke had 2 assists. Kevin Carr 30 for 35 saves.
Roster Moves Last 7 Days
Goaltender Joe Cannata, Defenseman Kevin Davis and Forward Tim McGauley were each sent to the AHL's Colorado Eagles after the January 30th game at Tulsa. McGauley had 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games for Colorado last weekend at Tucson. Davis had 2 assists for Colorado on Feb. 2 at Tucson. The Grizzlies added forward Mitch Maxwell to the lineup on February 1st at Wichita. Maxwell had 1 assist last weekend. He appeared in 20 games for the Grizzlies in the 2017-18 season, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists. Maxwell is a returned LDS missionary, having served from 2011-2013.
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