Winners of three of their last four, the Grizzlies complete the pre-Christmas schedule with three games in four nights against Colorado starting Wednesday. The Grizzlies beat Rapid City, 8-3, on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday.
The Grizzlies host Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Maverik Center. Fans who say Merry Christmas at the Maverik Center Box Office when purchasing tickets will receive a voucher to receive a free gift from the Grizzlies and their partners.
Thirteen goals in two games by Utah is the most they have scored since Dec. 2 and 4 of 2009 when it scored 13 goals in a 7-6 overtime win and a 6-2 win against Ontario. Eight goals by Utah was the most it has recorded since March 13, 2015, and one shy of Reading’s league-high set Oct. 29. Five goals in the second period was the most since Utah scored five in the first period of the December 2, 2009 game against Ontario.
Eight different skaters scored goals in Friday’s 8-3 win, and five of those skaters also scored in Saturday’s win in Ryan Misiak, Erik Higby, Greger Hanson, Kyle Thomas and Michael Pelech.
Thomas returned to Utah during the weekend after a Nov. 10 call-up and extended his scoring streak to six with one goal and one assist in each game. Utah is 7-1-2-0 in the last 10 games that Thomas has played.
Pelech and Hanson both scored their eighth goals of the season Saturday breaking a five-way tie for the team lead. Taylor Richart, Ryan Olsen and Ryan Walters all have seven goals.
Utah is 6-1-1-0 this year when Pelech scores a goal. Utah is also 4-0 when Thomas scores a goal
Utah’s top six forwards combined for 10 goals and 16 assists during the weekend as Hanson had two goals and four assists, Pelech had two goals and three assists, Olsen had one goal and four assists, Misiak had two goals and two assists, Thomas had two goals and two assists and Walters had one goal and one assist.
Utah scored first in each game, took 2-0 first period leads, scored a power-play goal and never trailed in either game this weekend.
Utah has outshot the opposition, 63-35, in the last four games in the first period, outscoring them, 4-1, and not allowing a first-period goal in three of the last four. Utah has allowed three five-on-five goals in its last seven first periods and hasn’t allowed a first-period five-on-five goal in four-straight games.
Sam Windle’s plus-seven on Friday night sets a Utah record previously held for more than 20 years by Milan Tichy who had a plus-six against Houston on January 6, 1995, for the Denver Grizzlies.