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Archibald Signs With The Comets

A familiar face and fan favorite could be back on the ice pretty soon for the Utica Comets.

The Comets on Tuesday announced that they signed forward Darren Archibald to a professional tryout contract.

Archibald, who spent the last two seasons with the Comets, was a free agent after last season and was not re-signed. Archibald signed a contract with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings in the offseason and has scored twice in six games with them this season.

To make room on the roster, the parent Vancouver Canucks reassigned forward Dane Fox to Kalamazoo.

Archibald amassed 24 goals, 22 assists and 209 penalty minutes in two seasons with Utica.


Utica Comets fall in opening game

The Utica Comets season did not get off on the right foot as they fell 2-1 to the Rochester Americans Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Amerks’ goaltender Linus Ullmark stole the show with 38 saves, several of the highlight-reel variety.

Nicklas Jensen (1-0-1) scored the Comets lone goal of the game, and Joe Cannata made 20 saves in the loss.

It took over 22 minutes for the scoreless tie to be broken. A neutral zone turnover sprung the Amerks on a half-ice two-on-one. Tim Schaller and Justin Bailey exchanged a pair of passes before Schaller wristed a shot on net. Cannata was there to stop the first two chances before Jerry D’Amigo chipped the puck over the sprawled out goalie.

Just 14 seconds later Nevins doubled the Amerks lead. Cannata stopped Nevins initial shot from the top of the crease, but had no answer for the quick rebound. Matt Ellis and Jean Dupuy both picked up their fourth points of the season with assists on the goal.

The Comets finally got on the board 5:53 into the third period. Michael Zalewski slid a pass to Hunter Shinkaruk who, from his knees, one-touched a pass to Jensen at the top of the circle. Jensen unleashed a wrist shot that screamed over the glove hand of Linus Ullmark.

The Comets penalty-killing unit went a perfect 4-for-4, while the power play went 0-for-3. Jensen and Taylor Fedun fired from everywhere, and led the Comets with six shots.

The Comets are back in action a week from tonight in Hartford, CT against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm from the XL Center.

Grenier Back with Comets

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reduced their pre-season roster by one player. The move brings the club’s current roster to 30 players.

The following player has been assigned to the Utica Comets:

Alex Grenier     Right Wing



Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher announced today that the club has signed forward Curtis Valk to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Valk, 22, appeared in one game for the Comets last year, and did not record a point. He scored 11 goals and assisted on 19 others in 31 games for the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL during the 2014-15 season. He was named the ECHL Player of the Month for October.

Native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Valk recorded 255 points (125g-130a) in 270 career Western Hockey League games with the Medicine Hat Tigers. During the 2013-14 season, he was tied for fourth in the league with 47 goals and was 11th with 92 points.



New York State Golf Amateur At Turning Stone

While we talk about the 2015 New York State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship, we will be talking about the history of the organization and a very famous tournament in the past.

Trevor Sluman of Pittsford came to the par-3 15th tee at Kaluhyat Golf Club at Turning Stone (Verona) nursing a one-stroke lead in the final round of the 93rd New York State Men’s Amateur.

He had just made a disheartening bogey at No. 14. But upon his arrival at the No. 15, he looked to his left and liked what he saw. “They moved the tee forward 20 yards from the third round,” Sluman said. “I didn’t dare go for that flag with a 7-iron in the morning. But with a 9-iron, I had a perfect number.”

Sluman sent the shorter iron sailing over the wetlands fronting the green, the shot coming to rest inches from a hole cut in the back left corner. That birdie and a par-bogey-par finish gave him a 2-over-par 74 and a 72-hole total of 4-under 284, good for a two-stroke victory over Sam Bernstein of Century Country Club in Westchester County and Adam Condello of Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford.

Scores went up in the afternoon’s final round, despite the New York State Golf Association field staff having shortened the course by several hundred yards. Three consecutive days of sustained prevailing winds near 20 miles per hour and the penal Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed layout had taken its toll on the Empire State’s premier amateurs.

“That was definitely the toughest course I’ve ever played in a 72-hole tournament,” said the 21-year-old Sluman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in May.

Sluman, who began the third round tied for second, trailing Bernstein by two, grabbed the lead with a 69 for 6-under 210 good for a one-stroke advantage over New Hartford’s Derek Bard, who shot 68 in Round Three. Sluman, Bernstein, Condello and Bard remained closely bunched for most of the way.

Read more on the 2015 Tournament

Now backup to 1958.  In picture at the top, left to right are favorites Tommy Goodwin and Ray Billows, then young John Konsek. Konsek would go on to win in 1959 and 1960. Multiple winners Goodwin and Billows had been rivals since the 1930’s. The contest was held at the 6,450 yard Par 70 Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford (the background for the picture at the top). Our interest in this contest was that our manager was the caddy for Ray Billows.

The NY State Golf Association WebSite has a lot of good articles on the history of golf.