The Grizzlies went unbeaten in regulation on their just completed four games in five nights road trip against Mountain Division opponents Allen, Tulsa and Wichita. The 2-0-2-0 mark propelled Utah to 5-1-2-0 in itsir last eight games.
The Grizzlies open a season-long seven-game homestand Friday night at Maverik Center. Utah will welcome Fort Wayne, Colorado and Manchester during the seven games, which will take the Grizzlies to the end of November.
Acquired from Rapid City last Monday, Ryan Walters joined the Grizzlies for their road trip Wednesday and tallied seven assists in four games last week. He scored at least once in all four games and totaled three assists Saturday in Tulsa. Four of his points came on the power play. He finished one point off the league scoring lead last week. Walters played most of the 2015-16 season with Utah and had 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 53 games.
Twelve Utah players scored at least one goal during the four-game road trip, including Brendan Harms, C.J Eick, Sam Windle, Mitch Jones and Ryan Misiak who all scored their first goals of the year. Harms, who had his first two goals of the year Saturday, was the only Utah player to register more than one goal on the trip.
With one goal and five assists last week, Kyle Thomas is now tied for second in the ECHL in scoring with two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 12 games. He leads the ECHL with 12 assists.
Utah went 4-21 on the power play during the four-game trip to the flyover states after going 2-33 in the first eight games of the season.
Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr is 4-0-1-0 in his last five games, the second-longest unbeaten streak of his four-year ECHL career. He has a 2.55 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage after stopping 59-of-62 shots during the first two games of the trip and holding Wichita without a goal for the final 26:17 of regulation Sunday as the Grizzlies forced overtime.
Utah has come from behind to win in two of five wins this year and during the weekend erased two sets of three-goal deficits in less than 24 hours to force consecutive games to overtime. Utah trailed 3-0 in Tulsa on Saturday and 4-1 in Wichita on Sunday before rallying in eventual overtime losses. Utah outscored the opposition, 6-2, in the third periods on the trip as folks looked to push the narrative that they were road weary in a stretch of four games in five nights in three different cities.