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Utica Comets Beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a shootout 3-2

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Utica Comets beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a shootout by a score of 3-2 on Sunday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Cody Kunyk deflected a Jordan Subban slap shot to give the Comets a 1-0 lead 2:28 into the game. Later in the period, the Comets killed a five-on-three penalty for over a minute and a half to protect the lead into the second period.

Zach Aston-Reese tied the game with a one-timer on the power play at 5:08 of the second period. His third of the year was assisted by Tom Kostopoulos and Derrick Pouliot. At 12:58, the Comets tallied a power play goal to regain the lead. Jordan Subban scored his 16th of the year on a slap shot that was initially saved by Tristan Jarry. The loose puck bounced off a stick and trickled into the back of the net. Thatcher Demko made 25 saves through the first 40 minutes of the game, including 13 in the second stanza.

The Comet held the Penguins until late in the game when a power play was awarded to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. With Jarry pulled for the extra attacker, Oskar Sundqvist scored his 18th of the year with 59 seconds remaining in the game. Again, Kostopoulos and Pouliot assisted. The goal forced an exciting overtime with Demko making four saves to shift the game to a shootout. In the shootout, Curtis Valk scored the lone goal with Demko making stops on all three chances to win the game.

Demko made 43 saves and three in the shootout to improve his record to 21-14-4. Jarry’s record falls to 27-15-2 with 34 saves and one stop in the shootout. The Comets scored once on four power plays and killed four of six penalties.

The Comets return to action on Friday night at The AUD against the Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on 94.9 KROCK and can be viewed on AHL Live. For tickets, visit the fan ticket exchange website, StubHub!.

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The Utica Comets defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 5-3

Utica, NY – The Utica Comets defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 5-3 on Saturday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The win was the Comets’ eighth straight win on home ice.

Kyle Bonis opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, beating Thatcher Demko low glove side for his ninth of the year. Joseph LaBate evened the game just two and a half minutes later with a long drive from behind the blue line that squeaked through the arm of Jonas Johansson for his fifth goal of the year.

Jake Virtanen gave the Comets a 2-1 lead on the power play with 2:20 to go in the second frame for his eighth of the year. Evan McEneny and Demko picked up the assists on the only goal of the period.

Carter Bancks extended the lead 17 second into the third period. The forward found a loose puck from a scrum in front of the net to bury his 10th of the year. Wacey Hamilton and LaBate picked up the assists. Virtanen struck again a minute and a half later to give the Comets a 4-1 lead. Valk tallied the assist on Virtanen’s 10th of the year. With three minutes remaining, Bonis netted his second of the game, scoring on a one-timer shot from Alex Nylander for his 10th of the year. Rochester continued to close the gap with 48 seconds left. Cole Schneider scored a shorthanded goal for his 21st of the year on a breakaway. With Johansson pulled for the extra attacker, Darren Archibald sealed the game with an empty netter for his 22nd goal of the year. This tied a team record for goals in a single season.

The Comets power play went 2-6, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in two attempts. Demko finished with 20 saves to improve his record to 20-14-4 on the year. Johansson made 22 saves and his record falls to 1-1-0 on the season.

The Comets return to action Sunday afternoon against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drops at 3:05 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.

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Utica Comets: 53 Shots a Rochester But Fall Short

Rochester, NY – The Utica Comets tested Linus Ullmark early and often but lost by a score of 5-2 on Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena.

The two teams skated to a scoreless first period with Ullmark making 12 saves and fending off all forms of excellent scoring chances. Thatcher Demko was only tested with six shots, turning them all aside.

Just 2:47 into the second period, Casey Nelson broke open the scoring with his fifth of the season by splitting two defensemen and scoring past Demko’s glove side. Derek Grant and Cole Schneider assisted on the goal. Nick Baptiste deflected a Nelson slap shot for his 23rd of the year to extend the Americans lead at 9:11 of the second stanza. The secondary assist was credited to Tim Kennedy to give the Americans the lead through 40 minutes. Ullmark remained stellar with 27 saves heading into the third period.

The Comets continued to barrage Ullmark with shots during the final 20 minutes. However, Baptiste scored again at 6:32 of the third period with a rebound goal from Justin Vaive and Patrick Mullen. His 24th of the year was scored on the man advantage. 45 seconds later, Justin Bailey scored on a one-timer from Tyson Strachan for his 20th of the season. Following the score, Demko was pulled for Michael Garteig. One minute later, Pascal Pelletier scored on a one-timer from Michael Carcone and Alexandre Grenier for his 10th of the year. The Comets were awarded a power play late in the game and pulled Garteig for the extra attacker. Brady Austin scored in the empty net for his third of the season at 15:47 of the final period. With 15 seconds left, Jordan Subban fired a slap shot past Ullmark to end the scoring. The Comets ended the period with 26 shots, the most in Comets history in a single period. The 53 shots were a season-high for the Comets.

Demko took the loss with 16 saves in 47:17 played moving his record to 19-14-4. Garteig competed in 11:41 making a save on the only shot he saw. Ullmark made 51 saves to send his record to 25-26-2. The Comets finished 0-4 on the power play and killed two of three penalties.

The Comets are back at the AUD Saturday night for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Americans. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live. Fans are encouraged to utilize the StubHub! ticket exchange website for seats to the game.

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Utica Comets Fire 46 Shots In 2-1 Loss To Wilkes-Barre Penguins

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Utica Comets peppered Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith but suffered a 2-1 regulation loss on Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The teams battled through a scoreless first period with a high shot total favoring the Comets 21-14. The 21 shots tied a season-high for Utica in one period of play. Comets goaltender Michael Garteig and DeSmith completed the first 20 minutes unscathed.

Darren Archibald tallied his 21st goal of the season with a rebound score at 9:50 of the second period. The goal was scored on the power play with assists from Evan McEneny and Cody Kunyk. 41 seconds later, Sahir Gill fired a wrist shot for his sixth of the year on goal with the man advantage. Derrick Pouliot and Zach Aston-Reese assisted to tie the game at one.

6:10 into the third period, Dominik Simon scored the game winning goal after a scramble for a loose puck in front of the net. His 14th of the year was assisted by Tim Erixon and Kevin Porter. Despite pulling Garteig for the extra attacker in the final minutes, the Comets could not score and lost 2-1.

Garteig made 31 saves and suffered his third loss of the season. DeSmith made 45 saves and improved his record to 18-4-2. The Comets scored one power play goal on four changes while killing two of three penalties.

The Comets complete the six-game road trip next Friday with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Rochester Americans. The game can be heard live on 94.9 KROCK or viewed on AHL Live.

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Utica Comets Fall To Syracuse Crunch By Score of 5-1

Syracuse, NY – The Utica Comets surrendered three goals in the third period and lost to the Syracuse Crunch by a score of 5-1 on Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena.

The Comets tallied the first goal of the game at 10:27 of period one with a slap shot from Mike Zalewski. His fifth of the year was assisted by Chad Billins and Pascal Pelletier. Just 1:29 later, Cory Conacher scored on a rebound for his 15th of the year. Michael Bournival and Matthew Peca assisted.

The Crunch were denied a goal in the early stages of the second period with an illegal play via a kicking motion to find the back of the net. Syracuse eventually scored with a power play goal at 12:30 of the second frame from Henri Ikonen for his fourth of the year. The forward deflected an Adam Comrie shot with Ben Thomas registering the secondary assist. Through two periods, the Crunch outshot the Comets 25-11.

The third period charge began from John Kurtz with his third of the year at 4:57 from Peca and Erik Condra. Byron Froese extended the Crunch lead to 4-1 at 8:44 with his 27th of the year from Matt Taormina and Conacher on the power play. Conacher completed the string of five straight Crunch goals with his 16th of the year at 13:26 from Tye McGinn.

Thatcher Demko made 28 saves as his record fell to 19-13-4. Mike McKenna stopped 20 shots to improve to a record of 11-13-8. The Comets were scoreless in five power plays and killed three of five penalties.

The Comets complete the weekend with a 3:05 p.m. game Sunday afternoon against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game can be heard live on 94.9 KROCK or viewed on AHL Live.

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Utica Comets Win In A Shoot Out Against Albany Devils

Albany, NY – The Utica Comets continued to overpower the Albany Devils in the season series with a 2-1 win in a shootout on Friday night at the Times Union Center.

The teams skated to a scoreless first period with the Comets outshooting the Devils by a 9-5 margin. Both rookie goaltenders, Mackenzie Blackwood and Thatcher Demko, played a stellar first period.

The game remained tied through 40 minutes with the Devils outshooting the Comets 13-7 in the second period.

4:01 into the third period, Carter Banks was hooked on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. The captain scored glove-high on Blackwood for his ninth of the year. With 24.4 seconds left in the game, the Devils converted on a power play with Blackwood pulled for the extra attacker. Jacob MacDonald scored his seventh of the year from Carter Camper and Nick Lappin. This goal forced overtime and eventually a shootout to break the tie. Chad Billins began the shootout with a goal beating Blackwood five-hole. Brian Gibbons and Lappin were unsuccessful in their attempt. After Curtis Valk was denied in his attempt, Darren Archibald scored to win the game. The Comets won six times in the eight games against Albany this season.

Demko stopped 33 shots, including two in the shootout, to improve his record to 19-12-4. Blackwood made 24 saves and one in the shootout and fall to a record of 13-11-4. The Comets power play did not score on five attempts and killed three of four penalties.

The Comets continue the six-game road trip  Saturday  night in Syracuse with a 7 p.m. game against the Crunch. The game can be heard live on 94.9 KROCK or viewed on AHL Live.

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Utica Comets continued to roll with a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon against the Providence Bruins

Jake Virtanen tallied the first goal of the game with a solo rush into the offensive zone at 7:58. The forward skated around Tommy Cross and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Zane McIntyre for his seventh of the year. At 11:51, Alexandre Grenier pulled a backhand shot around McIntyre for his 17th of the year to give the Comets a 2-0 lead. Chad Billins registered the lone assist on both goals.

Michael Carcone extended the lead with his third of the year at 10:15 of the second period with a wrist shot in the slot. Pascal Pelletier and Mike Zalewski assisted on the goal. The onslaught continued with a goal from Curtis Valk at 15:49 on a loose puck near the post. His 16th of the year was assisted by Carcone and Zalewski.

The Bruins responded early in the third period with a goal at 4:16 from Austin Czarnik. His third of the year was assisted by Matt Grzelcyk and Jake DeBrusk. Chris Porter added another goal by sending a rebound behind Thatcher Demko for his fifth of the year at 7:55. The goal was assisted by DeBrusk and Chris Casto to cut the Comets lead in half. McIntyre was pulled for the extra attacker in the final minutes and the Bruins continued a heavy offensive attack in efforts to tie the game. However, Cody Kunyk finished the scoring by finding the open net with assists from Grenier and Tom Nilsson.

Demko improved his record to 18-12-4 with 28 saves. McIntyre suffered his fourth loss of the season and now holds a record of 16-4-3 with 23 saves in the game.

The Comets play their third consecutive road game next Friday in Albany against the Devils at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The game can be heard live on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.

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