(photo ECHL.com)

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.

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.


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