Posting back-to-back wins against Alaska on Friday and Saturday, Utah improved to 5-3-0 and moved into a second-place tie with the Aces (4-2-2) in the West Division. The Grizzlies and Alaska are four points behind Idaho, which saw its season-opening six-game winning streak end with a 3-1 loss at Long Beach on Friday, but remains atop the ECHL at 7-0-1.
Utah will travel to Fresno on Friday and Long Beach on Saturday and Sunday while the Steelheads will host Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Qwest Arena. Idaho opened the season at home with a three-game sweep of Long Beach to improve its ECHL regular season home record to 48-21-6.
Rookie Matt Craig leads the Grizzlies with 11 points (7g-4a) while Anthony Battaglia (4g-6a), Jeff Miles (3g-7a) and Louis Dumont (3g-7a) are tied for second with 10 points. Craig leads the league with two game-winning goals and is tied for the lead in goals while ranking third among rookies and tied for 11th overall in scoring. Alfie Michaud has won his last three starts to improve to 4-2-0 while lowering his goals-against average to 3.24 and raising his save percentage to .889.
D’Arcy McConvey leads Idaho with 13 points (5g-8a) while Marty Flichel has 12 points (4g-8a) and Scott Burt has 11 points (2g-9a). McConvey is tied for fourth in the league in scoring and is tied for fifth in assists while Burt is tied for second in the league in assists and tied for 11th in scoring. Flichel is tied for seventh in the ECHL in scoring and is tied for the league lead with eight power-play points and tied for second with six power-play assists. Tied for the league lead in wins, Matt Yeats is 5-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.20 and a save percentage of .920. Rookie goaltender Steve Silverthorn, who has started the last two games for the Steelheads, is 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .897.