The Utah Grizzlies have been on a hotstreak of late, and a big part of their success comes down to their netminder, Aaron Dell. The Grizzlies goaltender picked up the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for January 20-26 for his stellar performance between the pipes.
A native of Airdrie, Alberta, Dell has appeared in 16 games with Utah this season posting a record of 12-3-0-1 with two shutouts. He has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his 16 starts and is tied for fourth in the league with a 2.10 goals-against average and is tied for sixth with a .921 save percentage.
The 24-year-old went 2-0-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average and a save percentage of .949 in two appearances last week as the Grizzlies improved to an ECHL best 10-2-2-2 since Christmas, in which Dell has gone 8-1-0-1.
Dell stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 win against Bakersfield on Friday then made 30 saves, and stopped all three shootout attempts he faced, in a 2-1 victory over the Condors on Saturday.
Last season, Dell was named Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Year with Allen after going 22-11-6 with three shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average, a save percentage of .916, and also won the CHL Championship. Prior to turning pro, he played three seasons at the University of North Dakota where he posted a career record of 48-20-5 with nine shutouts, a 2.15 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912.
The Grizzlies go for team history Wednesday night at Maverik Center when they host Las Vegas at 7 p.m. A standings point would make them unbeaten in 11-straight home games and shatter a 19-year old record set when the team went unbeaten in 10-straight games at home in Denver in 1994-95.