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Grizzlies get swept in round two of plaoffs

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WEST VALLEY CITY — In front of a very ruckus crowd at the Maverik Center, the fans had their playoff towels waving and brought every bit of energy they could to cheer on the Utah Grizzlies in Game 4 as the Fort Wayne Komets looked to close out the series. Despite a very successful season for the Utah Grizzlies it all came to an end as the Komets defeated the Grizzlies, 5-3.

 

“We played a pretty solid game today, we couldn’t keep the puck out of our net and you are not going to win in the playoffs giving up 30 shots and five goals,” said head coach Tim Branham. “We made a few mistakes, the entire series we just couldn’t keep the puck out of our net.”

 

The night started out just like Game 3 end with a Komets goal. Shawn Szydlowski found a way to poke the puck past Utah’s goal tender Mark Owuya to put the Komets on top, 1-0, in the first five minutes of play.

 

Despite the early goal by the visiting Fort Wayne Komets, the Grizzlies didn’t go into panic mode. They did what they do best: get even. After back-to-back penalties vs. Fort Wayne, Ryan Hayes who makes big plays in the playoffs made yet another one evening the score with his ninth playoff goal of the playoffs.

 

With the Maverik Center fans on their feet after the Hayes goal, it was quickly quieted in the final two minutes of the first period as a bad bounce off Owuya, which set up Garret Thompson with the rebound goal and sent the Komets with a one goal lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of hockey.

 

In the second period, the Komets did add another goal to the score sheet to put the lead up to a two-goal lead, but Ryan Hayes scored his tenth goal of the playoffs to keep the Grizzlies within one as the period came to a close.

 

Only being down one goal, the Grizzlies knew they still had a chance and when Marc Cantin fired a blast of a shot to tie things up Utah thought they had the momentum and could see a Game 5. But the Koments found a way to close the game out, with Thompson and Szydlowski bothing scoring their second goal of the night.

 

“We battled hard in the playoffs and capturing the first-round victory over a good Colorado Eagles team, it showed a lot of character,” Branham said. “This series we had diversities with Ryan Faragher getting called up and Hardowa getting sent home due to family reasons, but tip your hat to Fort Wayne.”

 

This was the second-straight year that the Utah Grizzlies made it to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and third-straight appearance in the playoff under Tim Branham and once again he is very proud of the support from the fans of the Utah Grizzlies.

 

“Our fans are unbelievable, they were with us all year through thick and thin and we had an exciting team for sure this year and our fans put their hearts and souls behind us and they are the reason we are here.”

 

 

 

You can follow David "Vito" Winkworth on Twitter @RealDavidVito for the latest news on the Utah Grizzlies and the world of sports.

Grizzlies get swept in round two of plaoffs

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WEST VALLEY CITY — In front of a very ruckus crowd at the Maverik Center, the fans had their playoff towels waving and brought every bit of energy they could to cheer on the Utah Grizzlies in Game 4 as the Fort Wayne Komets looked to close out the series. Despite a very successful season for the Utah Grizzlies it all came to an end as the Komets defeated the Grizzlies, 5-3.

 

“We played a pretty solid game today, we couldn’t keep the puck out of our net and you are not going to win in the playoffs giving up 30 shots and five goals,” said head coach Tim Branham. “We made a few mistakes, the entire series we just couldn’t keep the puck out of our net.”

 

The night started out just like Game 3 end with a Komets goal. Shawn Szydlowski found a way to poke the puck past Utah’s goal tender Mark Owuya to put the Komets on top, 1-0, in the first five minutes of play.

 

Despite the early goal by the visiting Fort Wayne Komets, the Grizzlies didn’t go into panic mode. They did what they do best: get even. After back-to-back penalties vs. Fort Wayne, Ryan Hayes who makes big plays in the playoffs made yet another one evening the score with his ninth playoff goal of the playoffs.

 

With the Maverik Center fans on their feet after the Hayes goal, it was quickly quieted in the final two minutes of the first period as a bad bounce off Owuya, which set up Garret Thompson with the rebound goal and sent the Komets with a one goal lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of hockey.

 

In the second period, the Komets did add another goal to the score sheet to put the lead up to a two-goal lead, but Ryan Hayes scored his tenth goal of the playoffs to keep the Grizzlies within one as the period came to a close.

 

Only being down one goal, the Grizzlies knew they still had a chance and when Marc Cantin fired a blast of a shot to tie things up Utah thought they had the momentum and could see a Game 5. But the Koments found a way to close the game out, with Thompson and Szydlowski bothing scoring their second goal of the night.

 

“We battled hard in the playoffs and capturing the first-round victory over a good Colorado Eagles team, it showed a lot of character,” Branham said. “This series we had diversities with Ryan Faragher getting called up and Hardowa getting sent home due to family reasons, but tip your hat to Fort Wayne.”

 

This was the second-straight year that the Utah Grizzlies made it to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and third-straight appearance in the playoff under Tim Branham and once again he is very proud of the support from the fans of the Utah Grizzlies.

 

“Our fans are unbelievable, they were with us all year through thick and thin and we had an exciting team for sure this year and our fans put their hearts and souls behind us and they are the reason we are here.”

 

 

 

You can follow David "Vito" Winkworth on Twitter @RealDavidVito for the latest news on the Utah Grizzlies and the world of sports.

Utah Grizzlies Krushenlnyski is ECHL all-star in rookie season

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies hit the all-star break this week, and on Wednesday they'll get to sit back and watch one of their own play in the ECHL All-Star Game.

 

Rookie Alex Krushenlnyski will represent the Grizzlies in Orlando when the host Solar Bears square off with the league's all star team at 5 p.m. MST.

 

"I'm stoked and excited, it's an all-star game with the best players in the league," Krushenlnyski said. "I'm excited to go play and have some fun."

 

Krushelnyski has played 30 games for Utah this season, and has been a big part of Grizzlies' success with eight goals and 18 assists, good for 26 points.

 

 

 

"It is a big honor [to be selected]. I've had a lot of help from coach and teammates," said Krushenlnyski. "We have a high standard with a good groups of guys on the team and they are excited for me."

 

Alex scored 42 goals, recorded 59 Assists and had 101 points during his career at Colorado College. Then Grizzlies coach Tim Branham liked what he saw during preseason camp. Krushelnyski made one of the final roster spots for Utah when they opened their season.

 

"He [Branham] has a high expectation, which I like about him, he is consistently trying to make us good hockey players," Krushenlynski said. "He has done a really good job at making me a better player and I'm glad our paths crossed sooner than later in my career."

 

Krushelnyski has a game-winning goal in Alaska, and two short-handed goals this season.

 

"If he could do more of those [game winning goals] that would be great," said Branham jokingly. "He is a really good player and a hard worker and very skilled and he definitely deserves the all-star selection."

 

If you are a big NHL fan you probably recognize the Grizzly rookie's last name. Alex's father, Mike Krushelnyski, wa a three-time Stanley Cup champion when he played with the Edmonton Oilers (1985-88)

 

"If my dad was a doctor I would want to be a doctor, but he was a hockey player," Alex said. "He is constantly giving me tips and every time he is watching the game and he always wants me to get better."

 

Krushelnyski has been called up the AHL this season, where he has played in three games with the Norfolk Admirals. He knows he needs to fix a few areas of his game to keep climbing the hockey ladder — eventually, he hopes, to the NHL.

 

"The guys in the NHL are polished players that's why they are pros," he said. "My defensive game needs to be pristine, where I need to block a shot perfect and the rest of the game will come. Every day I'm trying to get better."

 

Branham had only one message for his rookie All-Star forward when he left for for Orlando.

 

"You go and work hard and play your game, and enjoy the moment. It will be a very neat experience that he will remember for the rest of his life," the Grizzlies coach said.

 

 

Grizzlies beat Condors in overtime

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

West Valley City • Michael Pelech scored the first goal for his team and added the game-winning goal in overtime as the Utah Grizzlies defeated the Bakersfield Condors 2-1 on Saturday night at the Maverik Center in ECHL action.

 

"He was happy," said Grizzlies coach Tim Branham of Pelech's reaction to the game-winning goal. "That was a big one for us and he is a big part of this team who is having a great year."

 

Igor Bobkov made his return in goal for the Grizzlies as he captured his fourth win of the season.

 

"I thought he was really good and played really well," Branham said. "We did a better job as a team and Bobkov was great and I'm really proud of our boys."

Defense was a key factor in the game as the defense killed an early 5-on-3 advantage for the Condors.

 

The Grizzlies killed seven power plays overall on the night.

 

"The old saying is that if you don't score (on a 5-on-3), you don't deserve to win the game," said Branham. "We did a good job blocking shots and getting in lines and the best penalty kill player is your goalie."

 

The Grizzlies captured two more points in the standings. The Condors earn a point for taking the game to overtime and cut the Grizzlies' lead to 3 points for fourth place in the Pacific Division standings.

 

These two teams will hit the ice one more time to end a three game series as the series will shift gears to Bakersfield next weekend.

 

"We are definitely one of the most talented teams in the league when we have work ethic and nobody can beat us," Branham said.

SLCC men hold off USU-Eastern, 84-81

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)




TAYLORSVILLE — The Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team fought off a very pesky USU-Eastern Saturday night and hung on for an 84-81 victory at Bruins Arena.

 

“We gave them easy shots at the end thinking the game was over,” said SLCC head coach Todd Phillips. “We were up eight with a minute left and thinking they won’t come back, but it is a learning experience for the kids. I'd rather them learn on win instead of a loss.”

 

The Bruins held a 12-point lead late in the game before the Eagles (9-9, 0-5 SWAC) trimmed the lead to three in the final minute.

 

After shooting the ball poorly in the first half going 7 of 21 from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range the Bruins (17-4, 5-1 SWAC) went into the locker room trailing 35-34 after the half.

 

“I didn’t think we battled in the first half. We played hard but didn’t battle,” Phillips said. “We did some things wrong, now let’s get back to what we do — pound the ball inside and be aggressive and strong.”

 

After struggling shooting the ball in the first half, the Bruins quickly changed that and went 14 of 23 to end the game. They also got comfortable at the charity stripe where they made 40 of 54 free throws.

 

“We shot it horrible from the three we were 2 of 11, which is a nightmare,” said Phillips. “When we got it inside to our bigs, we took better shots as a team.”

 

DeSean Parsons led the way for SLCC with 20 points while shooting 60 percent from the field and going 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. Gibson Johnson (13 points), Zerrion Payton (10 points) and Blake Wilkinson (16 points) also hit double digits.

 

Nathaniel Wright led the Eagles with 14 points, while Philip Winston recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.

 

The Bruins will play the first of five straight road games beginning Jan. 24 at Snow College where they have only lost once under Phillips.

 

“They are really good and really talented,” said Phillips of Snow College. “It is going to take a team effort to come out with a win, and when we play at a high level we are pretty good.”

 

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SLCC women beat USU-Eastern for sixth straight win

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)




TAYLORSVILLE — Clarissa Sabedra scored 21 points and added six assists and five steals to lead the SLCC women's basketball team to its six straight win with an 82-62 victory over USU-Eastern Saturday night at Bruins Arena.

 

“One of the things she does so well is that she can pass it,” said SLCC head coach Betsy Specketer on Sabedra's play. “She just blew up the stat line tonight.”

 

Cassidy Whitney (12 points), Raushan Gultekin (12 points) and Shelby Richards (14 points) all scored in the double figures on the night to help contribute to the conference victory.

 

“Well, this team has shown a lot of people can score,” Specketer said. “We have some kids that are dangerous, both getting to the rim and shooting the three."

 

At the end of the first half of play the Bruins (17-4, 5-1 SWAC) had a 46-28 lead, and didn’t look back and finished the night shooting 48 percent from the field and pulling down 50 rebounds.

 

Caroline Ficher led the Eagles (13-4, 3-2) with 22 points, while Bryanna Adams, who prepped at American Fork HS, added 14 points.

 

“I thought we played really well; that team is such a dangerous team," said Specketer. “I thought we did a really good job, especially on the glass."

 

The Bruins will open up a six-game road trip at arch rival Snow College Jan. 24. The visiting Badgers handed SLCC its lone conference loss, 75-67, Dec. 18.

 

“We didn’t guard very well in that game, but defensively we have gotten much better,” Specketer said. "We are just going to have to play harder. We are excited about the matchup. It is a tough place to play, and we want to steal one on their floor.”

 

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SLCC women thump CNCC at home

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)



TAYLORSVILLE — Elsa Paulsson Glantz, Tanesha Daniels and Raushan Gultekin all scored in double figures to help Salt Lake Community College cruise to an 87-33 victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday night.

 

“I thought defensively we played really, really well, especially to start the game,” said SLCC head coach Betsy Specketer. “Then they went into a zone and we started to struggle to make shots, but we defended well and started fast, which set the tone.”

 

The Bruins started the game with a 24-2 run to before ending the first half leading 39-21. Then they allowed just 12 CNCC points in the second half.

 

Bruins' leading-scorer Glantz struggled in the first half in going just 1 for 9 from the field, but the second half was a different story. She ended the night with 17 points and five boards.

 

"I’m glad she kept her confidence because sometimes that happens,” said Specketer of Glantz’s first half. “She had the same look in the second half and was able to knock down some shots.”

 

With the win, the Bruins now sit at 5-1 in the conference standings and they are still looking to improve each and every game.

 

“We still have nine more games to play, and our goal is to be first, and to be first you have to beat some very tough teams," Specketer said. "We have a long way to go to get better. This team is special, and they are a good group and we will keep working.

 

SLCC will look to keep the winning streak alive when it hosts USU-Eastern at 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

“We have to do a better job reading what defense they're in,” Specketer said. “Also, we need to execute our plays a little bit better (against USU-Eastern)."

 

Students get into the game for free with their student ID.

 

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SLCC bounces back from heartbreaking loss to roll over CNCC

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)



TAYLORSVILLE — Brandon Morley recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, and six other Bruins hit the double-digit mark in leading the SLCC men’s basketball team to a 95-41 home victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday.

“I thought our team played really hard, and I thought our kids played a complete game,” said SLCC head coach Todd Phillips. “You get up 20 points and everyone wants to dunk it, but our team played a complete game, and I was really pleased.”

The Bruins (17-4, 5-1) started the game with an 18-0 and pushed their lead up to 45-26 at the end of the half.

“Our kids battled. We are big and physical, and we know every game is going to be a battle,” said Phillips. “The best teams in the league will play tight and the third and fourth teams will play us tight as well.”

Blake Wilkinson scored 15 points, and Larry Okhomina, Marcus White, CJ Spjut, De'Sean Parsons and Gibson Johnson with 10 points each for the Bruins.

“One of the things on our board (before the game) was to let our defense create our offense,” said Phillips. “Our guys made the extra passes and a lot of guys scored.”

After a heartbreaking 61-59 loss to Southern Idaho Saturday night, the Bruins came ready to play and put that loss behind them.

“It was good to get back on the winning track," Phillips said. “It hurt; it was a tough loss, but we got back at it and had fun.”

The Bruins return to action Saturday when they welcome USU Eastern. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

 

Come support the Men’s Basketball team to help “Defend the Den” as they look to continue their hot play in Conference play.

Students get into all the sporting events for free with their student ID, or One card.

 

Grizzlies top Eagles in 4-3 win

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)



West Valley City- Johnnie Searfoss skated past the Eagles defenders to score his first career goal as he scored the game winning goal to push the Grizzlies past the Eagles 4-3 in their fourth straight home victory.


“It’s huge,” said Head Coach Tim Branham “the boys played really well, overall I’m very happy and I’m very proud of them.”

After three straight games in California the Grizzlies were back on the Maverik Center ice for only the third time in the month of December. The night started fast for the Eagles as it only took Colorado 18 seconds to get on the board and take the early lead.

“There was no panic on the bench,” said Branham “the guys on the bench said don’t worry Bobkov will have our back.”


Michael Pelech scored his team high 13 goal of the season to help ignite the Grizzlies late in the first period of play to tie things up at 1.

In the second period of play Danick Paquette scored his first goal of the season as he went top shelf on the Eagles goaltender to help Utah extend their lead.

“You don’t like to wait that long for Paquette to get his first goal, but will take it,” said Branham “If we can get Paquette going he is a big asset for us.”


After Paquette’s goal Alex Krushelnyski made an amazing hockey play as he shook the goaltender to score the third goal on the night for Utah and score his fourth goal of the season.

Igor Bobkov made his home debut in a Grizzlies uniform as he stopped 18 shots on the night in his return to Utah.


“He was calm, cool and relaxed.” Branham said of his goaltender “we are lucky to have him for sure.”


The Grizzlies and Eagles will continue this four game series back in Colorado after the Christmas break beginning on Dec. 26 before ending the series in Utah.

“This a rival of ours,” Branham said “these games are very important in the standings.”


David "Vito" Winkworth @RealDavidVito 

 

 

• Utah Grizzlies are back at .500 in the standings as they sit 11-11-2-2 on the year

• Michael Pelech now six goals against the Eagles

• Igor Bobkov is 2-2 in his return to Utah

 

Ryan Faragher blanks the Reign in his first career shut-out

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

West Valley City- Utah Grizzlies goaltender Ryan Faragher shakes off his last loss, as he completes his first career shut-out to help the Grizzlies beat the Ontario Reign 1-0 on Monday night.

 

“It feels good and any win is a good win” said Faragher “not allowing any goals is a true reputation of how the team played in front of me tonight.”

 

T.J. Syner found the back of the net for the fourth time this season late in the second period. Syner’s goal helped build the momentum to help prevail and get the victory on the night.

 

“Things are finally start to click here” said Syner “we have a pretty good team top to bottom.”

 

“Experience, skill, and speed is what Syner brings to the team” said head coach Tim Branham “he is a huge part of our penalty kill.”

 

Late in the third period Michael Colavecchia was sent to the box and put Utah down a man for the next two minutes, but Utah’s defense was ready for the task at hand.

 

“Anytime you can have a kill like that late it gives you momentum” Said Branham

 

The Utah Grizzlies ended their four game home-stand where they went 2-1-0-1 and won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

 

“We battled back and we are back at .500 (in the standings)” Branham said “we have to keep moving and get a streak.”

 

The Grizzlies will now take their talents on the road and they will begin a two game series against the Colorado Eagles, who have had their number this season, then ending the trip in Stockton and Bakersfield.

 

“You are playing a tough opponent who has had our number this year” said Branham “we have to find ways to overcome that and it has to start on Wednesday.”

 

* Utah is tied for the league lead with three shorthanded goals at home.

 

* Michael Pelech is tied for fifth in the ECHL with his eight goals on the year.

 

* Utah moves to fifth in the Pacific Division after tonight’s win


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