Toronto, ON – The Utica Comets fell for the fourth consecutive time this season in Toronto against the Marlies on Tuesday night by a 4-2 score at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Darren Archibald opened the scoring at 12:31 with a power play goal after finding a loose puck in front of the net. His career best 15th goal of the year was assisted by Curtis Valk and Evan McEneny. Kerby Rychel tied the game with a power play tally at 17:06. An Andreas Johnsson pass deflected off Rychel’s skate for his 10th of the year. Byron Froese also assisted on the goal to send the game into the second period tied at one.
Just 1:03 into the second, Froese grabbed a 2-1 lead for the Marlies with his 20th of the season. Trevor Moore and Seth Griffith assisted on the goal. With 57 seconds left in the period, Colby Robak tied the game on a one-timer from a cross-ice pass from Michael Carcone. McEneny also assisted on the goal to once again, head to an intermission with a tied score.
Rychel added another power play goal at 12:48 of the third period. A wrist shot past Richard Bachman was his second power play goal of the night and 11th of the year. Johnsson and Griffith assisted on the score. In the final two minutes, Bachman was pulled for the extra attacker in efforts to tie the game. Richard Clune added an empty net goal to finish the scoring with an assist from Frederik Gauthier.
Bachman made 21 saves and suffered the loss. His record now stands at 9-10-2. Garret Sparks stopped 29 shots for his 11th win of the year.
The Comets scored once on five power plays and surrendered two power play goals on two penalties.
The Comets return to the AUD this Friday against the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.
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