UTAH GRIZZLIES

After Hot Season, Utah Grizzlies Hope To Go Far In Playoffs

Apr 20, 2022, 11:03 AM | Updated: 11:43 am
utah grizzlies hockey...
Photo: Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time since joining the ECHL for the 2006-2007 season, the Utah Grizzlies have won the Mountain division.

The Grizzlies also finished on a hot streak, beating their rivals, the Idaho Steelheads and keeping the Steelheads out of the playoffs.

The team has been setting records this season as well. The Grizzlies finished the season with 42 wins, the most they’ve had since joining the ECHL. Goalie Trent Miner set the Grizzlies single-season shutout record with 7 shutouts in 28 appearances this regular season. Utah defensemen Charle-Edouard D’Astous led the team in goals and set a Grizzlies record of 26 goals by a defenseman in a single season.

Head Coach Ryan Kinasewich talked about goals and when he knew this team might be special, “With me taking over so late, we didn’t really set goals to start the year. It was kind of a whirlwind. We knew we had a solid club, so obviously, playoffs were our number one goal. There was a time in December when we were in Tulsa, and we were very short-handed, and we had guys step in, we had a great road trip. I kind of felt it then, with our team just coming together.”

One of the few Utahn-born players to ever play for the Grizzlies, Mason Mannek remembered another road trip that brought the group closer, “if you want to break it down to a moment, our trip to Rapid City over New Year’s immediately comes to mind. We got into COVID protocol issues and ended up short some of our top players and more specifically, all of our goalies. We were able to find a kid that was playing in the ACHA (club college) and he started that night. Despite all the adversities that hit us, we came out on top and won in overtime. The way we all bought into the game plan and realized we just one a game where we had an EBUG (Emergency Backup Goalie) play a full 60 plus.”

Utah Grizzlies Playoffs & Fan Attendance

If you win, they will come. As the Grizzlies kept winning, the attendance started to rise. Grizzlies Vice President Jared Youngman told  KSL Sports, “As the team keeps winning and fans keep sharing their positive experiences and memories at our game, more people want to come. Fans want to see at least one of three things; A win, a fight or a shootout. Our team consistently offers a combination of all three, giving fans a reason to come back. We had almost 16,000 fans in our two games over the weekend with Saturday night being our biggest crowd of the year with over 8700.”

Utah faces the Tulsa Oilers in a best of seven series.

Kinasewich talked about winning their division and the momentum that gives them going into playoffs, “It means a lot. Our group has been through its ups and downs along the way. It’s special to clinch and have home ice, especially with our great crowd. I think it puts our team in a great frame of mind, knowing we’ve accomplished this feat. It will give us confidence and belief that we can make a great run into the playoffs.”

The playoffs start this Friday and Saturday at the Maverik Center. Find tickets here.

Utah Puck Report is a podcast all about Utah hockey, from interviews with NHL stars to which Grizzlies players are about to take the next step, Utah Puck Report has everything for a Utah hockey fan. Find it wherever you find podcasts or on KSLSports.com. The show is hosted by KSL Sports’ hockey insider, Jay Stevens.

Utah Grizzlies

Utah-Grizzlies-Hockey-2022...
Tegan Stevens and Trent Slagle, KSL Sports

Utah Grizzlies Fall In Season Opener To Rapid City Rush

The Utah Grizzlies opened their 2022 schedule with a 5-3 loss at the Maverik Center to the Rapid City Rush.
1 month ago
Utah Grizzlies - Tulsa Oilers - Game 6...
Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Grizzlies Drop Game Six To Oilers, Will Host Deciding Game 7

The Utah Grizzlies seemed to have their sights set on playing Rapid City in round 2 of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Tulsa saw it another way.
7 months ago
utah-grizzlies-two-players-face-off...
Jay Stevens

Utah Grizzlies Have Shot At Next Round Of Kelly Cup Playoffs

The Utah Grizzlies can do something they haven’t done since the 2015-16 season, advance to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
7 months ago
Photo Credit: Utah Grizzlies...
Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Utah Grizzlies Introduce Ryan Kinasewich As New Head Coach

The Utah Grizzlies didn’t have to look far for their new head coach.
1 year ago
Photo courtesy of the Mannek family...
Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

Utah Grizzlies Sign Herriman’s Mason Mannek, Ticket Sales Rise

For the third time this season, the Utah Grizzlies have signed a locally born player. On Tuesday, the team announced that they have signed Mason Mannek.
2 years ago
Photo Credit: Tim Broussard, Utah Grizzlies...
Jay Stevens, KSL sports

Utah Grizzlies Focus On Development As Marquee Players Come And Go

As with most weekends, this past weekend was a series of ups and downs for the Utah Grizzlies, but this time it wasn’t as much about the wins and losses as it was about the coming and going of players.
2 years ago
After Hot Season, Utah Grizzlies Hope To Go Far In Playoffs