The second season is here, the reset button has been hit, and the roster has seen some changes. Travis Barron returned from the AHL, Mitch Maxwell was placed on injured reserve, and Turner Ottenbreit and Grayson Downing are back in the lineup. The Grizzlies are electing to ice seven defensemen, and a truly lethal group of nine forwards. With Joe Cannata on the Avalanche roster, Alex Leclerc is backing up Kevin Carr for Game 1 of the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The stage is set.
- Travis Barron, Jake Marchment, and Austin Carroll on one line? Goodness. That is pretty ridiculous. It’s even more ridiculous when you consider that it’s followed up by Caleb Herbert, Grayson Downing, and Jack Walker, and completed with Josh Dickinson, Ty Lewis, and Mike Economos. And that’s while missing Cole Ully AND Joey Ratelle. The Grizzlies are STACKED up front!!
- The amount of defensive zone time to open the period is definitely not good.
- Idaho ices the puck twice, and momentum shifts a bit.
- MARCHY OPENS THE SCORING. Jake’s goal came on a tip in of Kevin Davis’ shot, Carroll gets the other assist.
- Ew. Idaho ties it up.
- Steven McParland decides to sock Turner Ottenbreit for no reason after the whistle, and that leads to some rough stuff in front of the Utah net.
- Ahh playoff hockey. Zero penalties called unless someone dies.
- Things pretty even as the period passes the 15 minute mark.
- Dickinson with a really nice move to cut to the slot and put the Grizzlies up 2-1 through traffic!
- Downing and Herbert dig the puck out from the wall behind the Idaho net, and Walker buries the Grizzlies’ third goal of the period!
- 11-11 are the shots after 20, but Utah leads 3-1!
- The 28s with a puck battle to start the period, because having Marchment and Will Merchant on the ice at the same time isn’t at all confusing.
- Oooh Walker did not miss the net by much.
- Downing gets taken down, and that’s the first power play of the game! Quite a crowd gathers on that play.
- HERBERT SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY. Tomas Sholl wasn’t able to cover up the puck, and it bounced around the front of the net right to Herbert’s stick!
- Multiple point nights for Lewis and Dickinson already.
- Oof Idaho very nearly scored there! Really heads up play there from Downing and a save from Carr.
- Power play Idaho…
- …and killed with no problem.
- Dickinson gets hit, and Josh Anderson and Nolan Gluchowski drop the gloves over it.
- Oh wow, that was a nice one for Dickinson’s second of the game. He kind of just slung it past Sholl, who is having an uncharacteristically rough night.
- Good defensive coverage there from the guys.
- Haven’t really needed to mention him much, but Carr’s had a good night.
- Lewis just needs a goal to go with the oodles of assists he’s got tonight!
- Another scuffle at the end of the second!
- Grizzlies lead 5-1 after 40, shots 23-20 for Idaho.
- Ok boys, get Josh Dickinson that hat trick.
- Lewis trying to take the puck away from Keegan Kanzig was hilarious, as Kanzig is HUGE, and Lewis is, well, not.
- Idaho with a fair bit of offensive zone time to start the third, but only one shot to show for it so far.
- Merchant and Marchment continue to have shifts against each other.
- Please go play in the offensive zone. You’re making me nervous.
- Nice move from Carr there to make the save, then bat the puck away behind the net. He’s really good at that.
- CARROLL GETS IN ON THE FUN!
- AND BARRON FOLLOWS RIGHT AFTER!!
- Some pushing and shoving after the net gets dislodged behind Carr, and while that’s going on, Ryan Faragher is in for Sholl on the other end.
- Gabriel Verpaelst refuses to go, pulling the move that has been pulled on Utah a couple of times this season. It leads to a lengthy scrum though.
- Anderson gets two for roughing, Barron gets two for roughing and a misconduct, Kanzig gets a double minor for roughing and a misconduct, Kale Kessy gets five for fighting and a game misconduct for being the aggressor, and Elgin Pearce gets two for roughing and a misconduct. The final result is that Utah gets a five-on-three for two minutes, and then three minutes of five-on-four!
- Lewis with a nice chance to get his first, and then Downing.
- Grizzlies win 7-1!!!!
Dickinson (2G, 1A including the GWG and the team leading five shots), Lewis (3 A, four shots), and Richart (2A) were named the three stars of the game, though Carroll (1G, 1A, four shots) and Herbert (1G, 1A) could also easily have been named stars. Every single forward picked up at least one point, and though he was a bit overshadowed by the offensive outpouring, Carr was a strong 35/36.
The Grizzlies will look to continue their strong start in Game 2, also in Idaho on Saturday.
- First Period: Marchment (Davis, Carroll), Dickinson (Lewis, Richart), Walker (Herbert)
- Second Period: Herbert (Dickinson, Lewis), Dickinson (Lewis, Economos)
- Third Period: Carroll (Downing), Barron (Richart)
UTA: 1/3 (21 PIM)
IDH: 0/1 (48 PIM)
Photo courtesy of Rob Church.
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On Saturday night the Grizzlies looked to Kevin Carr to out-goalie Adam Carlson, and Grayson Downing, after returning to the lineup on Friday, once again was a scratch.
- Good possession for the Grizzlies in the first four minutes or so.
- Good possession continues. No whistles either. Utah has the only shot seven minutes or so in.
- Utah’s definitely dominating possession right now (and shots, which are 5-0 half-way through the first).
- Liam Bilton gets the first Rush shot of the game, but Carr calmly bats it aside.
- No rust on Carrsy, that’s for sure. (Not that he’s really been tested so far either though.)
- The Devils comparison Tyson made the other night is quite apt. Serious shut-down hockey with great goaltending. Effective, but boring.
- Ryan Walters with some wheels on that PK!
- COLE ULLY MAKES SURE WE WON’T BE SHUT OUT TONIGHT, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
- OH boo. Carlson isn’t perfect tonight, and neither is our penalty kill. Tie game.
- Good possession on this power play.
- 1-1 after 20, shots 8-5 for the boys.
- Well, that was a very, very scrambly first shift!! gulp
- Well, after that scrambly beginning, the Grizzlies have had some good shots.
- I don’t think Carlson knew where that puck went.
- Either he’s having an off night, or the Grizzlies have succeeded in making him look human finally.
- Verpaelst with a thunderous hit on the power play there.
- Carlson really is looking mortal this evening. He’s still really good, but he’s not absolutely flawless and unflappable like he was the previous two games.
- Oh my goodness, Kevin.
- Jake Marchment is so strong on his skates.
- Turner Ottenbreit absolutely FLYING over there.
- HUGE save by Carr. He’s been so good tonight.
- 17-15 are the shots for Utah in this tied game.
- Two minutes to Rapid City for making us sit through Baby Shark during intermission.
- Good hustle there by Ully to bale out Richart after his stick broke!
- Carr gets tripped up behind his own net, and Ottenbreit and Verpaelst are deeply unamused.
- The puck is seriously bouncing in the Utah zone, and it’s nerve-wracking.
- Raats takes a huge hit to the head, and the Grizzlies are off to a five minute power play. Klotz gets shown the gate.
- Turner, you’re supposed to put the puck in the net, not yourself!
- TAAAAAAAYLORRRRRR 2-1 ON THE POWER PLAY!!
- Oh, never mind, Marchment deflected it, but STILL.
- Goodness. Not sure how Kevin or the defenseman got over in time to take away the WIDE open net there.
- Utah’s got fewer shots tonight, but they’ve definitely put them to better use.
- Oh no. Economos to the box for tripping. It wasn’t a great call either.
- Absolute mayhem around the net, and the puck gets put past Carr with 13 seconds left. No one is happy. (Well, the Rush are, but that’s besides the point.)
- Carlson has gone back to god mode. Ully and Verpaelst with a pair of nice shots there.
- I don’t know how Verpaelst managed to hold onto the puck and keep it in the zone.
- Youch. Rush player blocked that Ottenbreit shot with his face!
- Have I mentioned recently how much I HATE the shoot out??
- Rush win 3-2 in the skills competition.
- First Period: Ully (Herbert, Ottenbreit)
- Second Period: None
- Third Period: Marchment (Richart, Herbert) (PP)
UTA: 1/8 (10 PIM)
RC: 2/5 (22 PIM)
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Allen may be the worst team in the division, but that’s not to say they aren’t a pretty dangerous team–as they showed last night in what was perhaps one of the oddest games of the season so far.
- Well, that was quick. Joseph Mizzi to the box.
- And Mizzi out of the box. Good kill.
- Well. That wasn’t ideal. Jake Marchment is usually quite good defensively. That was not one of his finer moments.
- …What was THAT?? What was pretty much anyone on defense even doing!!??
- Allen’s shots are apparently 16-1. Not sure I believe this…on the other hand, it can’t be off by much.
- Now Mike Economos to the box.
- Again…where was the defense…
- OK, so the shots are definitely bad. Very bad. But they’re not quite 19-2 bad.
- Ok…so, the good news is that they haven’t given up a power play goal…the bad news is..uh, shots are 19-3 for Allen, who leads 3-0.
- What we need this period: shots (of both the liquid and on-net variety).
- YOOOOO CALEB HERBERT 11 SECONDS IN.
- AHHHHHH TURNER OTTENBREIT 30 SECONDS IN.
- So uh. Yeah. That just happened!
- Four minute power play for the boys!
- TIE. GAME.
- You might say the second period was a….Fresch(i) start…
- Sorry, not sorry.
- Both goalies making big saves as the period heads into the final five.
- WHAT A DIVING POKE SAVE FROM JOSH ANDERSON.
- Unfortunately, Ottenbreit takes a penalty behind the play.
- Oh god. Marchment won the face-off so well that it deflected off Nolan De Jong’s stick and into the net!??? The goal is credited to Riley Bourbonnais, who lost the face-off to Marchment.
- That might be the single weirdest goal I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.
- OH. Oh no. 5-3 Allen. Good lord.
- Seriously, what even is this game????
- Ok, all I ask is that the own goal NOT be the game winner, because right now, it is.
- Freschi to the box, Marchment does not win that face-off.
- So, the way this game is going, this means that Utah is now gonna score three in a row, right?
- Thank you Eric for making sure that the own goal isn’t the game winner. Freschi gets his second of the game on the power play! He’s having some kind of night!
- So, the way this game is going, this means that Utah is now gonna score three in a row, right?
- Joe Cannata with a big save on the breakaway there.
- Josh Dickinson makes it 6-5!!!
- There are a LOT of guys with multi-point games tonight!
- Well. If nothing else, this was an entertaining game. Frustrating, but definitely entertaining.
- At least 6-5 is far more respectable than 6-3.
- Bahahahahah you can’t do that. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies had seven skaters on the ice.
- Uhg. Empty netter for Allen.
- Grizzlies lose 7-5.
- First: None
- Second: Herbert (Freschi, Walters), Ottenbreit (Walters, Zahn), Freschi (Richart, Dickinson) (PP)
- Third: Freschi (Marchment, Herbert) (PP), Dickinson (Marchment, Economos)
Cannata made 33/39 saves, while Freschi’s assist and two goals earned him third star behind Riley Bourbonnais (2G, 1A) and Adam Miller (1G, 2A).
This was, perhaps, the weirdest game this season!
Fortunately, the Grizzlies get two more cracks at the Americans tonight and Sunday.
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In game two of the Tulsa series, and the battle for second place in the Mountain Division, the roster remained the same, as did the lines.
- Eric Freschi getting manhandled in the corner, not sure it’s penalty worthy, but not sure it’s not penalty worthy…
- Ick. Not sure about that defensive coverage there. 1-0 Tulsa.
- Good response from Utah though. Strong shift in the offensive zone.
- Taylor Richart with a nice move to strip the puck from an Oilers player and start a rush up ice.
- Josh Dickinson draws a power play!
- MCGAULEY GOAL!! Fitzpatrick bit on Caleb Herbert, and Tim McGauley made good on the cross-crease pass.
- Teigan Zahn taking his sweeeeeeet time behind the Utah net, haha.
- Another Utah power play, but it’s negated.
- Jake Marchment and Ryan Walters counter-punching short-handed is always great to see.
- Taylor Richart is free with no official shots allowed on the PK!
- Mike Economos with the hustle.
- They’ve flipped the script in shots tonight, sort of. After 20 shots are 20-7 for the Grizzlies, score 1-1.
- LOTS OF PENALTIES.
- Or just one. That’s anticlimactic. On the other hand, we’ll take the power play.
- Austin Carroll doing what he does best, creating chaos. A little too much chaos there though, and he’s off to the box.
- Jack Walker to the room. That’s not a good sign. Hopefully he’s back for the third…
- Carroll drops the gloves with Scott Moldenhauer!
- Dickinson draws a double minor.
- Herbert takes a roughing call after a kerfuffle around the Tulsa net.
- Marchy doing what he does best, scoring on Tulsa. It was a very nice backhand.
- Utah’s been pretty aggressive overall so far.
- Another power play drawn by Dickinson.
- Richart falls over, and still makes the play.
- You get a high-stick, you get a high-stick! EVERYBODY GETS A HIGH-STICK!
- ECONOMOS WITH A BREAKAWAY. No goal, but he does draw another power play.
- Oh geez. Short-handed goal for Tulsa ties it up.
- And the Oilers are pressing.
- I swear, every game Economos seems to have gotten a step or two faster.
- ERIC GIVES US A FRESCHI LEAD.
- (Sorry, so not sorry)
- Oh god. Cannata…be ok…
- At the very least, Cannata is hockey ok, so that’s good news.
- Walters with the latest of a series of good shots he’s had this game.
- RICHART SCORES.
- Wait. No he doesn’t. And Zahn is down, and Zahn takes a penalty. WHAT EVEN IS HAPPENING.
- And now Richart for delay of game.
- Internal screaming.
- Empty net for Tulsa…
- More internal screaming.
- Marchment with the face-off win, Ausmus with the clear…
- EMPTY NETTER FOR JAKE.
- GRIZZLIES WIN 4-2!!!
Freschi (the game winning goal and six shots) and Herbert (two assists, six shots) were named first and second stars of the game, though Marchment certainly could have been a star as well, what with his two goals (granted, one into an empty net), and several crucial late-game face-offs. Cannata also played well, making 25/27 saves. Utah now stands tied with the Oilers for second in the division, though they hold four games in hand on their rival. They trail Idaho by only one point, and have a game in hand on them as well.
Now the Grizzlies head to Wichita for the final two games of the road trip.
Photo courtesy of Josh Pinnau.
With the returns of Kevin Davis and Joe Cannata, the blue line got a bit crowded, and possibly as a result, Nolan De Jong sat this one out.
- Good start for Utah, equally good start for Evan Fitzpatrick, unfortunately.
- Fortunately, Cannata is looking good too.
- Breakaway for Herbert, Fitzpatrick makes the save. Again.
- That was a very nice move by Carroll to keep the puck in the offensive zone.
- Tim Mcgauley clearly has some beef against Tulsa! His second fight of the season comes against Alex Kromm! He had not yet begun to fight, but the refs break it up.
- The play is quite physical already.
- Tulsa has put their foot down, and has doubled up on shots in the back half of this period.
- MARCHY ON THE POWER PLAY.
- Good first period for Utah, despite getting outshot 12-5. Cannata definitely has had to be sharp.
- Good kill to open the period. McGauley, especially, was strong.
- …Well…that’s not a great goal.
- 15-5 are the shots for Tulsa, that’s not ideal either.
- Between Walker’s wheels, and some saves by Cannata, we’ve got another good kill.
- Shots are now 20-8 for Tulsa…They’ve been able to set up in Utah’s zone for long stretches throughout the game.
- Cannata is still looking strong, which is probably why this game is still tied.
- Taylor, the puck is supposed to go into the net, not you!
- Another good penalty kill to end a period.
- Cannata turns aside a short-handed odd-man rush.
- That’s the second power play Ottenbreit has drawn this game.
- Josh Anderson scores his first pro goal to put the Grizzlies up 2-1!!
- Marchment is a fight away from a Gordie Howe hat trick, and McGauley just needs a goal for one.
- Everyone from both sides is falling over in the Utah end. Turns out ice is super slippery! XD
- Oilers’ net is empty…
- Oh Richart did NOT miss the empty net by much.
- GRIZZLIES WIN 2-1!!!
Jake Marchment and Joe Cannata were named first and second star of the game. Utah looks to complete the visit with a sweep before heading to Wichita.
Photo courtesy of Tim Broussard and staff.