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Utah Grizzlies: Utah takes five-game winning streak to Midwest

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The Grizzlies take a five-game winning streak into their four games in five nights road trip to Quad City and Indianapolis that opens Wednesday.

Utah’s five-game winning streak is tied with Fort Wayne for the longest current winning streak in the ECHL.

Utah has trailed for only 12:45 of the 305 minutes played during its current five-game winning streak, and it was Saturday night against Wichita, 3-2. The Grizzlies have been tied for 85:57 and held the lead for 206:58 during the last five games.

Utah’s five-game winning streak coincides with some recent roster moves. Goaltender Joel Rumpel is 4-1 with Utah with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Jake Marchment has three power-play goals and two assists in five games since being acquired from Colorado on Feb. 15. He has given Utah a 1-0 first period lead on the power play in three of his five games with the Grizzlies. Also acquired from Colorado on Feb. 15, defenseman Gage Ausmus has one assist and is a plus-three in five games with Utah. Recently signed free agent Sam Babintsev scored the game-winning goal in the shootout Saturday and had three assists against Wichita during the weekend. Just out of the University of Lethbridge, Mitch Maxwell recorded his first professional point Friday.

Grizzlies goaltenders Rumpel and Sean Maguire have a combined ECHL record this year of 26-17-1 as Rumpel is 4-1 with Utah and 15-9 overall. Maguire is 4-3-1-0 with Utah and 11-8-1-0 overall. Maguire was assigned to Utah by the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 17, and Rumpel was acquired in a trade with Wichita on Feb. 8.

Utah is 7-23 (30.4 percent) on the power play during its current five-game winning streak and has outscored the opposition, 10-4, overall on special teams as Utah also added three shorthanded goals.

Utah rookie Austin Ortega has 16 of his 33 points in 23 games on the power play. He’s second among ECHL rookies with seven of his 14 goals coming on the power play. Utah’s power play is 27 for the last 102 (26.4 percent) since Ortega joined the Grizzlies as he has eight goals and eight assists. Prior to Ortega’s arrival, Utah was 17 for 157 on the power play for a 10.8 percent conversion rate. The California native has a Utah season-high seven-game scoring streak entering the week.

Utah returns home Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m., and then Saturday, March 10, is the Grizzlies final Postgame Skate with the Grizzlies of the season after their game with Allen at 7 p.m.