Idaho, Utah Roll To Top Of Mountain Division
The Idaho Steelheads and Utah Grizzlies moved to the top of the Mountain Division standings behind solid work on the road last week.
Idaho swept a three-game series in Victoria to improve its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1), all of which have been on the road. The Steelheads are 9-4-5 for 23 points and are two points behind Utah for first place in the division.
The Steelheads opened their week with a 2-1 win against the Salmon Kings on Wednesday with John-Scott Dickson and Marty Flichel providing goals, and Mike Zacharias turning aside 28 shots to earn the win in net.
Idaho’s offense broke through on Friday with a 6-4 win. Flichel led the way with two goals and an assist while Weston Tardy contributed a pair of assists.
The Steelheads followed that up with another six-goal effort in Saturday’s 6-3 win. Kael Mouillierat (1g-2a), Mark Derlago (2g-1a) and Tristan King (0g-3a) all had three points for Idaho in the win while Michael Neal scored two goals. Zacharias earned his fourth straight win in goal with 36 saves. He has been in net for each of the five games during the Steelheads’ unbeaten run.
Derlago leads the Steelheads with 21 points (11g-10a) while Flichel is second on the team with 18 points (9g-9a). Mouillierat leads all ECHL rookies with 10 goals while ranking second among first-year players with 17 points.
Following two weeks on the road, the Steelheads return to Qwest Arena this week for a three-game series against Alaska on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Utah has been familiar with the road this season, playing 14 of its first 18 games away from Maverik Center. The road has been kind to the Grizzlies thus far with a 10-2-2 record.
The Grizzlies won four games in five days away from home last week beginning with a 3-1 win at Bakersfield on Wednesday. Brett Parnham led the way offensively for Utah with two goals while J.P. Lamoureux turned aside 27 Condors shots to earn the win.
On Friday, Utah held on for a 3-2 win at Stockton. Parnham furnished a goal and an assist and Lamoureux picked up his second straight win with 34 saves.
Back in Bakersfield on Saturday, the Grizzlies once again registered a 3-2 win despite being outshot 42-18. Lamoureux came up big with 40 saves, while Nick Tuzzolino helped set up two of Utah’s three goals.
The Grizzlies ended the week with a 7-3 win at Ontario on Sunday. Parnham continued his big week with three goals and an assist while Ric Jackman tallied four assists.
Lamoureux and Andrew Engelage have split the goaltending duties for Utah this season with each goaltender appearing in nine games. Lamoureux, the 2009 ECHL Goaltender of the Year while with Alaska, is 6-2-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .901. Engelage is 5-2-2 with a 2.82 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920. On the offensive side of things, the Grizzlies have received balanced scoring this season as seven players have registered at least 10 points. Brad Snetsinger leads the team with eight goals and 19 points.
The Grizzlies play 11 of their next 14 games at home, beginning on Thursday against Las Vegas. Utah hosts Ontario on Friday and Saturday.
Interconference Games Continue This Week
For the second consecutive week, the ECHL schedule features three inter-conference games. Bakersfield travels to Ohio for three games, taking on Toledo on Friday and Saturday before heading to Cincinnati next Tuesday, Dec. 7. The Condors have met Toledo on three occasions, holding a 2-0-1 record. Cincinnati won the only previous head-to-head meeting between the two clubs.
Last week, the Alaska Aces continued their season-long eight-game road trip in Elmira and Trenton. The Aces split the two games in Elmira before falling in Trenton in the finale of the east-coast swing. The trip took on historic significance on Friday in Elmira as Wes Goldie became just the seventh player in ECHL history to reach the 300-goal mark for his career.
-The Jackals finished the month of November with a penalty kill percentage of 89.1 percent.
– Justin Donati is second in the league with 26 points (8g-18a).
-The Jackals visit Reading on Friday and host Kalamazoo on Saturday.
–Matt Caruana leads the team with 21 points (12g-9a).
–Ryan Cruthers’ goal eight seconds into the third period against Cincinnati was the quickest goal ever scored by a Royals player.
– Trenton leads the league with 35.56 shots per game.
–Ryan Ginand leads the team with 14 points (5g-9a).
-The Devils visit Toledo Wednesday and Wheeling on Thursday and host Reading on Saturday.
-The Cyclones host Florida on Friday and Saturday and visit Toledo on Sunday.
– Six different players have recorded a game-winning goal for Kalamazoo.
-The K-Wings host Florida on Wednesday and visit Wheeling on Friday and Elmira on Saturday.
-The Walleye host Trenton on Wednesday, Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday.
-The Everblades visit Kalamazoo on Wednesday and Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday.
-Greenville hosts Gwinnett on Thursday, visits South Carolina on Saturday and visits Gwinnett on Sunday.
– The Gladiators have outscored opponents 24-10 in the second period this season
-The Gladiators visit Greenville on Thursday, host South Carolina on Friday and Greenville on Sunday.
-The Condors visit Ontario on Wednesday and Toledo on Friday and Saturday.
-Las Vegas has scored at least once on the power play in four of its last five games.
– Michael Ouzas hasn’t lost in regulation since October 28 and had a 1.36 goals-against average in November
-The Reign host Bakersfield on Wednesday and visit Utah on Friday and Saturday.
-Alaska has eight different players who have scored a game-winning goal.
–Wes Goldie scored his 300th career goal on Friday against Elmira.
-The Grizzlies host Las Vegas on Thursday and Ontario on Friday and Saturday.