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Utah Grizzlies: Utah hits the road for six-straight games

Utah Grizzlies Igor Bobkov at the hockey season opener against the Idaho Steelheads at the Maverik Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in West Valley City.
Utah Grizzlies Igor Bobkov at the hockey season opener against the Idaho Steelheads at the Maverik Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in West Valley City.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

The Grizzlies hit the road for six-straight games in which they will travel to Bakersfield for two games this weekend; Anchorage for three, Dec. 18, 20 and 21; and Colorado on Dec. 27. All games are broadcast live on 1320 KFAN, 1320KFAN.com, iHeart Radio by searching “1320 KFAN” and for $8 PPV on the Utah Grizzlies website.

Igor Bobkov became the fourth goaltender in Grizzlies history and the first since 2001 to author back-to-back shutouts Wednesday and Friday against Alaska. He was called up by Anaheim and assigned to Norfolk after Friday’s game and stopped 21 of 22 shots Saturday in a 2-1 win over Syracuse.

With Bobkov and also Aaron Dell in the AHL, Ben Meisner becomes the Grizzlies lone goaltender. Meisner leads Grizzlies goaltending this year with a 1.85 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage. He ranks fourth overall in the ECHL in goals-against-average.

Last year after completing college, Meisner joined the Grizzlies in Bakersfield to start his professional career. He stopped 66 of 70 shots in the first two games of his career on March 13 and 15 for two shootout losses, a 1.85 goal-against-average and a .943 save percentage.

With Bobkov going 1-0-0-1 and stopping all 55 shots that he saw and racking two shutouts, it marks the second time in four weeks that a Grizzlies goaltender has led the league. Meisner had a .990 goals-against-average and a .958 save percentage Nov. 18-24, leading Utah to a 2-1 record.

Jamie MacQueen still leads Utah with six goals, despite having only played in three games and being in the AHL since Oct. 23. He has one goal and two assists for three points in 14 games with the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

Defenseman Andrew O’Brien was assigned to Utah by Anaheim on Friday and played in both games last weekend against Alaska. He was selected by Anaheim in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The Grizzlies return home Saturday, Dec. 28 to face Colorado. It is a post-game skate with the team, and the Grizzlies will also be giving away their 2014 team calendar. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the team is at Maverik Center for a 6 p.m. faceoff on New Year’s Eve.