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Utah Grizzlies: Utah returns home, plays host to five-game home stand

By Adrian Denny

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 5:09 p.m. MST

The Utah Grizzlies return home to open another five-game home stand, starting Friday, Nov. 29, against San Francisco at 7 p.m., and then again Saturday against San Francisco, also at 7. All games are broadcast live on 1320 KFAN, 1320KFAN.com, iHeart Radio by searching “1320 KFAN” and for $8 PPV on the Utah Grizzlies website.

Utah continues a stretch of playing 10 of 13 games at home on Friday. Utah is 4-2-1-1 at Maverik Center this year.

With Igor Bobkov recalled by Anaheim and assigned to Norfolk after last Friday’s game and Aaron Dell currently on loan to the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester, rookie Ben Meisner is currently holding down the goaltending situation for Utah. Meisner’s numbers continue to be good as he holds a 2-2 record, a 1.77 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage, including his first professional shutout in a 3-0 win Saturday in San Francisco.

Meisner started three of Utah’s four games last week and stopped 70-of-73 shots for a .958 save percentage and a 0.990 goals-against-average. Going back to last season when he joined Utah out of college, Meisner is 6-2-0-3 with the Grizzlies, posting a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.

Grizzlies goaltending now has two shutouts in their last seven games after Dell had a 24 save shutout against Ontario in a 2-0 win on Nov. 11.

Danick Paquette scored two goals and one assist last week in four games to lead the Grizzlies in scoring. Both of his goals were game-winning goals in the Grizzlies two wins.

Teigan Zahn was on the ice for all three Utah goals Saturday in San Francisco, marking the first time this year that a Grizzlies player has recorded a plus-three in a contest.

The Grizzlies are 5-4-1-1 against everyone in the ECHL except Stockton, which they are 0-3 against. However, the Grizzlies have played all three games in Stockton and have led 2-1 going to the third period in two of the three games. Utah has beaten every other opponent it has played this year except Las Vegas, which they earned a point for in an overtime loss on Oct. 23. Bakersfield and Alaska are the only two Western Conference teams on the schedule that the Grizzlies haven’t played yet.

The first two games of last week’s road trip were tied in the third period, which ran Utah’s stretch to seven-straight games tied in the third period and 10 of 11 overall.

Saturday’s game marked the first time since opening night that the Grizzlies grabbed a first period lead and led the entire evening.

Friday is the Teddy Bear Toss, and fans can bring stuffed animals to throw onto the ice following Utah’s first goal. The toys will be donated to children in need over the holidays.

Saturday is a post-game skate with the Grizzlies team. Skate rental is $2.

The holiday fun continues Wednesday, Dec. 4, when Utah hosts Alaska for the next Wild $2 Wednesday. The series with Alaska continues Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.