Grizzlies Weekly: Utah Faces Tulsa in 2 Game Set
West Valley City, Utah - The Utah Grizzlies are on the road at Tulsa for games on November 27th at 6:05 pm and Sunday, November 28th at 3:05 pm.
The Grizzlies took 2 out of the 3 games against Kansas City at Maverik Center last weekend. KC won 5-2 on November 19th. The next night Brandon Cutler contributed to all 4 Utah goals as he finished with 1 goal and 3 assists. On Sunday Peyton Jones saved 32 of 34 Kansas City shots to lead Utah to the series win. Andrew Nielsen had 2 goals and Joey Colatarci scored his first pro goal as Utah's record climbs to 9-5.
Utah has the most standings points in the Mountain Division with 18. They have the 2nd best winning percentage in the division at .643. This weekend they face the Tulsa Oilers, who have a .650 winning percentage and a 6-3-0-1 record 10 games into the season.
D'Astous heads into the weekend with a 10 game point streak. He has scored in 12 of the 14 games this season. Last weekend D'Astous had 2 goals and 2 assists. Both of his goals came on the power play as Utah went 4 for 15 on the man advantage in the 3 game series.
Next homestand is a 3 game series vs Kalamazoo on December 3-4, 6. December 3rd is the first ever Grizzlies Pride Night. Saturday the 4th is the Teddy Bear Toss and Hispanic Heritage Night. It's also Mother Son Night. The series concludes with Utah's first Monday game of the season. Face-off all 3 nights is at 7:10 pm and can be seen on FloSports and heard on Mixlr.
Last Week's Games
Friday, November 19, 2021 - Kansas City 5 Utah 2 - Charle-Edouard D'Astous and Quinn Ryan scored goals. Utah outshot KC 31 to 28. KC went 2 for 5 on the power play and Utah was 1 for 5. Hunter Miska saved 23 of 28. KC scored 4 unanswered 3rd period goals after Ryan scored 3:58 in to give Utah a 2-1 lead.
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - Kansas City 2 Utah 4 - Brandon Cutler had 1 goal and 3 assists. Mason Mannek 1 goal, 1 assist. Luke Martin scored a first period power play goal. Hunter Miska saved 26 of 28. Charle-Edouard D'Astous had 2 assists. Utah went 1 for 7 on the power play and a perfect 5 for 5 on the penalty kill as well as a shorthanded goal by Cutler in the first period.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Kansas City 2 Utah 4 - Peyton Jones saved 32 of 34. Andrew Nielsen had 2 goals. Charle-Edouard D'Astous scored a first period goal to extend his point streak to 10. Joey Colatarci scored his first pro goal 8:45 into the second period. Utah went 2 for 3 on the power play and KC went 1 for 9.
This Week's Games
Saturday, November 27, 2021 - Utah at Tulsa. 6:05 pm.
Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Utah at Tulsa. 3:05 pm.
All times Mountain. Every game can be seen on FloHockey and heard on Mixlr.
Grizzlies Among League Leaders
Charle-Edouard D'Astous is tied for the league lead with 10 goals. D'Astous leads all league defenseman in goals (10), points (18), shots on goal (46) and plus/minus. Brian Bowen leads the league in shots on goal with 57. Brandon Cutler is 3rd in shots with 55. Cutler is tied for the lead with 2 shorthanded goals. Trent Miner, currently with the AHL's Colorado Eagles, leads the league with 2 shutouts. Luke Martin and D'Astous are tied for 3rd in the league in plus/minus at +13. Andrew Nielsen is tied for the lead with 15 minor penalties.
Different Hero Every Game
The Grizzlies have won 9 games this season. 9 different players have 1 game winning goal. There's not a single player who has more then 1 GWG on the season.
Forwards: Matthew Boucher, Brian Bowen, Bailey Conger, Taylor Crunk, Brandon Cutler, Connor Graham, Mason Mannek, Tyler Penner, Neil Robinson, Quinn Ryan, Gehrett Sargis, Christian Simone.
Defenseman: Nate Clurman, Joey Colatarci, Austin Crossley, Charles-Edmond D'Astous, Miles Gendron, Luke Martin, Connor McDonald, Andrew Nielsen, Kyle Pouncy, Jordon Stone.
Goaltenders: Peyton Jones, Garrett Metcalf.
2021-2022 Utah Grizzlies Regular Season Totals (league rankings)
Overall record: 9-5
Home record: 5-2.
Road record: 4-3.
Win percentage: .643.
Streak: Won 2.
Standings Points: 18.
Last 10: 7-3.
Goals per game: 3.64 (3rd) Goals for: 51
Goals against per game: 3.00 (14th) Goals Against: 42
Shots per game: 32.71 (6th)
Shots against per game: 29.07 (10th)
Power Play: 9 for 49 - 18.4 % (Tied 12th)
Penalty Kill: 52 for 69- 75.4 % (26th)
Penalty Minutes: 215
Shorthanded Goals: 5 (Tied for league lead). Brandon Cutler has 2 shorthanded goals, including 1 on Nov. 20 vs KC.
Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 0. - Utah is 1 of 4 teams who have not allowed a shorthanded goal.
Record When Scoring First: 5-2.
First Goal Win Loss
Utah Grizzlies 5 2
Opposition 4 3
Team Leaders (2021-22 season)
Goals: Charle-Edouard D'Astous (10)
Assists: Trey Bradley (10)
Points: D'Astous (18)
Plus/Minus: D'Astous/Luke Martin (+13)
PIM: Andrew Nielsen (40)
Power Play Points: D'Astous (7)
Power Play Goals: D'Astous (4)
Power Play Assists: Luke Martin/D'Astous/Brandon Cutler/Mason Mannek (3).
Shots on Goal: Brian Bowen (57) - Leads League.
Shooting Percentage: Quinn Ryan (6 for 24). 25.0 %. - Minimum 24 shots
Game Winning Goals: 9 tied with 1.
Wins: Trent Miner (4).
Save %: Metcalf (.923).
Goals Against Average: Metcalf (2.04)
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT SO TOTAL Shots 1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
Utah Grizzlies 12 18 19 2 0 51 Utah Grizzlies 148 160 138 12 458
Opposition 13 12 17 0 0 42 Opposition 144 133 122 8 407
Next 5 Games
November 27, 2021 - Utah at Tulsa. 6:05 pm.
November 28, 2021 - Utah at Tulsa. 3:05 pm.
December 3, 2021 - Kalamazoo at Utah. 7:10 pm. - Pride Night, AFCU Friday.
December 4, 2021 - Kalamazoo at Utah. 7:10 pm. - Hispanic Heritage. Teddy Bear Toss. Mother Son Night.
December 6, 2021 - Kalamazoo at Utah. 7:10 pm.
All times Mountain
Active Streaks (2021-2022 Season)
Goal Streaks: Tyler Penner, Luke Martin, Brandon Cutler, Mason Mannek (1)
Assist Streaks: Bradley (5), Andrew Nielsen, Brandon Cutler (2) Mason Mannek, D'Astous (1)
Point Streaks of 2 or more: D'Astous (9), Cutler (7) Bradley (5). Boucher (4), Martin (3). Andrew Nielsen (2).
Multiple Point games (2021-2022)
5: Charle-Edouard D'Astous.
4: Trey Bradley, Brian Bowen.
3: Brandon Cutler.
2: Matthew Boucher, Luke Martin, Andrew Nielsen, Mason Mannek.
1: Tyler Penner, Luka Burzan, Neil Robinson, Gehrett Sargis, Bailey Conger.
Save That Puck Mason Weyland It's His First as a Pro
Equipment Manager Mason Weyland has been busy early in the season collecting pucks for players who scored their first pro goals. There have been 11 instances this season where a Grizzlies player has scored their first professional goal. On November 21st Joey Colatarci scored his first pro goal 8:45 into the second period.
October 22nd- Brandon Cutler and Quinn Ryan.
October 23rd - Tyler Penner and Nate Clurman.
October 30th- Connor Graham.
October 31st- Mason Mannek.
November 5th - Neil Robinson.
November 6th - Luke Martin.
November 13th - Gehrett Sargis, Bailey Conger.
November 21st - Joey Colatarci.
Sunday Fun Win Day
With the Sunday win vs Kansas City on November 21st Utah is now 12-2-0-1 in the last 15 Sunday games. Utah is 18-3-0-1 in the last 22 scenarios where they are playing their 3rd game in 3 days. The Grizzlies will play at Tulsa on Sunday, November 28th in the 2nd game of a weekend series at BOK Center.
The Amazing D'Astous
Charle-Edouard D'Astous had 2 goals and 2 assists last weekend vs Kansas City. He has a point in 10 straight games. D'Astous has scored in 12 of his 14 games this season, including 5 multiple point efforts. D'Astous is tied for the league lead with 10 goals. He is tied for the league lead in plus/minus among defenseman at +13 (He's tied with teammate Luke Martin at +13).
D'Astous Among League Leaders for Defenseman
Goals: 10 - leads league by a margin of 6.
Points: 18- 2nd place defenseman has 13.
Plus/Minus: +14 - Teammate Luke Martin is 2nd among defenseman at +13.
Shots on goal: 46 - Leads all defenseman by a margin of 7.
Brandon Cutler Delivering the Goods
Cutler was outstanding in the 4-2 Saturday win over Kansas City. Cutler had a hand in all 4 Grizzlies goals, scoring a shorthanded goal 18:34 into the first period to give Utah a 3-0 lead. Cutler had 3 assists on Saturday night and also had 8 shots on goal and a +3 rating for the night. Brandon Cutler has a point in all 7 games in November. Cutler is tied for 2nd in the league with 55 shots.
Grizzlies Hanging Out With the Shorties
Brandon Cutler scored shorthanded 18:34 into the first period last Saturday. The Grizz have 5 shorthanded goals this season which is tied with Newfoundland for the most in the league. Utah is 1 of 4 teams who have not allowed a shorthanded goal.
Nate Clurman Reassigned to Utah
Clurman was reassigned to Utah on November 20th and played in 2 games last weekend vs Kansas City. Clurman currently has an NHL Entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Clurman has played in 8 games with Utah this season, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist and had a +4 rating. Clurman is in his first full season as a pro. He played his college hockey at Notre Dame. Clurman appeared in 9 games with the AHL's Colorado Eagles in the 2020-21 season.
Hunter Miska Reassigned to Colorado
The 26 year old Miska played in 2 games with Utah last weekend, saving 23 of 28 in a 5-2 loss on November 19th. He got the victory the next night as he saved 26 of 28 in Utah's 4-2 win.
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