Utah’s only professional hockey team is the class of the ECHL, leading the league at 6-1. It’s the Grizzlies best start since 1996, when they started 8-0 in the IHL. (Remember the IHL?)
Goalkeeper Andrew Engelage stopped 71 of 74 shots in the Grizzlies’ three victories last week, earning goalie of the week honors from the league.
Forward Jeff LoVecchio has registered a point in six-straight games — a league best — and scored in the last four.
This week: Friday and Saturday at Stockton at 8:30 p.m.
In the Western States Hockey League, both the Ogden Mustangs and the Park City Moose showed improvement.
Ogden won two of three at New Mexico, winning 7-5 on Friday and 3-2 on Sunday. They lost 4-1 in the Saturday matchup. Syracuse’s Dax Hobbs continues to lead the Mustangs in points with six goals and four assists.
Park City, also took the first game of their three-game series with Cheyenne, winning 5-4 in overtime. Orem residents Devin Holmes and Austin Teel linked up for the game-winner. Holmes is tied for 12th in the WSHL with 16 points (five goals and 11 assists). Park City fell 5-1 in the next game and in 5-4 — in a shootout — on Sunday.
Ogden is back on the road for the three-game set at the Dallas Ice Jets, while Park City hosts defending champ Idaho on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. Go check them out, it’s their last home game of 2011.