Three road wins in three nights increased Utah’s winning streak to six games and allowed the Grizzlies to climb into a first-place tie with Idaho in the West Division at 8-3-0, two points ahead of Alaska (6-3-2) and three points ahead of Las Vegas (6-1-1) which has won its last three games.
After scoring four unanswered goals to win 4-1 at Fresno on Friday, the Grizzlies traveled to Long Beach where they beat Ice Dogs 5-1 on Saturday and 2-0 on Saturday as goaltender Alfie Michaud made 54 saves in the two games and ECHL all-time leading scorer Louis Dumont had four points (2g-2a). Utah returns home to host Phoenix on Friday and Saturday. The RoadRunners won the first meeting 4-2 at Utah on October 21, but the Grizzlies won the next two games, 5-4 on October 22 and 7-3 on October 23, as rookie Matt Craig had four points (3g-1a) and both game-winning goals.
Michaud has won his last six starts to improve to 7-2-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.37 and a save percentage of .917. In his last five games he has a shutout, a goals-against average of 0.99 and a save percentage of .966. The 29-year-old leads the league in wins and is tied for the league lead in shutouts and overtime wins. Craig leads the league with 10 goals while his 14 points (10g-4a) rank him third on the team while tying him for the rookie scoring lead and tying him for 11th overall in the ECHL. In the last five games, Dumont has eight points (5g-3a) and Jeff Miles has seven points (0g-7a) while Anthony Battaglia (2g-4a) and defenseman Tom Reimann (1g-5a) each have six points. Dumont (6g-9a) and Miles (3g-12a) are tied for the team scoring lead and tied for eighth in the league with 15 points while Battaglia (5g-8a) is fourth on the team and tied for 18th in the league with 13 points. Reimann (3g-8a) and James Laux (4g-7a) are tied for second among league defensemen in scoring. Among defenseman, Laux ranks second with four power-play goals and tied for second in goals while Reimann is tied for fourth with eight assists.
Alaska beat Idaho 5-2 on Wednesday and 8-3 on Friday before the Steelheads won 4-3 on Saturday. The Aces host Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday while Idaho will travel to Victoria on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Las Vegas improved its home record to 5-0-0 with a 5-2 win against Fresno on Tuesday, a 6-2 win against Bakersfield on Friday and a 4-3 shootout win against Bakersfield on Saturday. Marc Magliarditi is 3-0-0 in his last three starts and 5-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.01 and a save percentage of .924. Magliarditi is tied for the league lead in shutouts with one and tied for second in wins with five.
Victoria went 2-0-1 against Stockton and averaged 5,318 in the first three games at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as the Salmon Kings improved to 4-6-1. Victoria will remain home to host Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.