Sweep in Alaska moves Grizzlies to top of division


Sweeping a three-game series at Alaska for the first time in club history has moved the Utah Grizzlies into first place of the West Division with an overall record of 6-3-1 for 13 points.

Utah opened the series with a 4-2 win on Wednesday. After spotting the Aces an early 1-0 lead, the Grizzlies roared back with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead midway through the second period. After Alaska closed within one, Matt Berry scored his second goal of the night midway through the third period to set the final. Ryan Faragher stopped 28 shots, including all 15 he faced in the final period, to pick up the win in goal.

On Friday, Ryan Misiak notched a goal and an assist for the first multi-point game of his pro career to lead the Grizzlies to a 4-1 win. Misiak assisted on the first goal of the game late in the second period and his first pro goal at 13:37 of the third period turned out to be the game winner.

In the series finale on Saturday, Utah scored three times in the final period to rally from a 2-0 deficit and skate away with a 3-2 win. Alex Krushelnyski put the Grizzlies on the scoreboard just 54 seconds into the final period before Josh Macdonald tied the score with a power-play goal just past the midway mark of the period. Charles Sarault picked up the game-winning, scoring his third goal of the season with 1:03 remaining in regulation. Faragher picked up his third win of the series behind a 34-save effort.

Berry leads all ECHL rookies, and is tied for the overall league lead with seven goals, while his 11 points are second among first-year players and tied for fourth overall. Barry Almeida has scored six goals, which is tied for fifth in the league. Ryan Walters has also tallied 11 points (4g-7a) for Utah which is tied for seventh in the league with 3.30 goals per game.

Faragher has won all six of his starts this season, which has him tied for second in the league in wins. He is second in the league with a .950 save percentage and ranks 10th with a 1.81 goals-against average.

Utah is home for three games this week, hosting Colorado on Wednesday and Rapid City on Friday and Saturday.