Utica Comets Post-Game Report

Game #6

Binghamton Devils at Utica Comets

Friday, October 25th, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific



Some Pre-Game Predictions From Twitter



Scratched Today For Utica

  1. Tyler Graovac: C – Lower-body injury, day-to-day. NHL deal.
  2. Jonah Gadjovich: LW/RW – Upper-body strain, day-to-day. NHL deal.
  3. Wacey Hamilton: C/W – Veteran scratch. AHL deal.
  4. Dylan Blujus: RD – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  5. Stefan LeBlanc: LD – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  6. Dyson Stevenson: W/C – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  7. Seamus Malone: W/C – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  8. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.

Today’s Comets Lines

(First Line/defence pair listed started the game. The remainder are in no particular order)

95 Justin Bailey – 88 Adam Gaudette – 15 Zack MacEwen

24 Reid Boucher (A) – 19 Carter Camper – 13 Kole Lind

47 Sven Baertschi – 9 Lukas Jasek – 77 Nikolay Goldobin

27 Francis Perron – 34 Carter Bancks (C) – 18 Vincent Arseneau

48 Olli Juolevi – 6 Ashton Sautner (A)

55 Guillaume Brisebois – 25 Brogan Rafferty

4 Josh Teves – 5 Jalen Chatfield

31 Zane McIntyre

64 Michael DiPietro (backing up)

First Period

The opening frame went by rather quickly in this one as we had decent action throughout the period.

Trent Cull started the game with a new-look line that featured Adam Gaudette between the twin towers of Justin Bailey and Zack MacEwen. TheBigFella set the tone early with a heavy hit in the offensive zone.

Reid Boucher was still lined up with Carter Camper and Kole Lind and the Comets sniper showed some patience and smarts to set up Camper for a chance that was turned aside by Evan Cormier.

At the other end of the ice, Dakota Mermis let fly with a shot from the high slot that was stopped and held by Zane McIntyre for the whistle.

Jalen Chatfield followed up with a point shot that was juggled by Cormier, but the netminder was able to reel it in for the save. Ludvig Larsson came back the other way for a redirect chance that McIntyre was ready for. This game had some good back and forth action.

That Gaudette line was dangerous on every shift in the early going. Bailey came up with a takeaway in the neutral zone and broke in with a shot that Cormier steered aside with the blocker. The netminder followed up with another blocker save on the Gaudette shot that followed.

Kole Lind teed up a nice shot for Sautner that was fired wide before Cormier came up with another save.

The Comets were doing a nice job of forcing turnovers in this game.

Guillaume Brisebois has had a steady start to his season and he uncorked a wrister that was denied by Cormier and the game remained knotted at zero.

Brandon Baddock went the other way and got behind the Utica defence for a chance that McIntyre scoffed at with a kick of the leg.

Vincent Arseneau really likes to hit opposing players… like, he REALLY likes it. The big winger dumped the puck into the Devils zone and quickly followed up by obliterating the defender who was silly enough to chase it down. Plays like that that will have defenders second-guessing themselves when Vinny is on the ice.

Justin Bailey let fly with a long wrister that was kicked out before we had some good back and forth between the two clubs.

Jasek, Bancks, and Arseneau broke in for a three-on-one play but Cormier robbed Arseneau of his second goal of the season. No matter, however, as Carter Bancks grabbed the puck and ripped it past Cormier for his second of the season. Francis Perron earned the lone assist on the play for his third helper of the season.

The Devils looked like they were trying to get that one right back as they hemmed the Comets into their own zone for a shift but were unable to make anything happen.

Olli Juolevi was using his body positioning well to force a turnover in the Comets’ zone before Julian Melchiori had his point shot kicked out by McIntyre.

At the other end, Brogan Rafferty had his shot denied before the Comets went up 2-0 on Vinny Arseneau’s second of the season. Rafferty got things going before Perron fed Arseneau for the goal. Perron earned his fourth helper of the year on the play, while Rafferty grabbed his third.

Francis Perron now has five points in his four games with Utica. That seems like it’s been a solid trade for Vancouver.

Justin Bailey was looking to get in on the scoring action but he was stymied by Cormier. Boucher followed up with a chance from in close but he too was denied. It looked like Kole Lind had put his club up 3-0 but the stripes determined that Boucher had made incidental contact with Cormier and the goal was called off.

Things got interesting late when Goldobin coughed up the puck, allowing Chris Connor a freebie, but McIntyre was equal to the task. The Comets were clogging up the shooting lanes in this one as well.

Vinny Arseneau had a big hit in the late going before the Devils finished the period with some pressure in the Comets end. Utica finished the opening frame up 2-0 on the scoreboard and up 12-6 on the shot clock.

Your first-period shot map:


Second Period

The Devils carried over the pressure from late in the first period into the opening of the middle frame.

Once the Comets sorted things out, it was Adam Gaudette breaking the other way with a shot off the iron. Kole Lind followed up with a backhander that was denied by Cormier.

Zane McIntyre has done a nice job of handling the puck so far this year and that continued today as he was acting like a third defender in the Comets’ zone with some handy puck movement.

The Devils came with more pressure in the Comets’ end before Lind went the other way for a chance in close that was denied. In the Comets’ end, Josh Teves came up with a nice defensive play to force a turnover, sending Lind the other way for another chance that was denied.

Zane McIntyre has been full value so far this year and today was no different. The netminder came up with another save early to keep his team up by a pair. Baertschi and Goldobin had a great chance off the rush that saw Goldy rip a sweet Baertschi pass off the iron.

This wasn’t all Utica, however, as the Devils had their moments of applying pressure as well. That’s exactly what they were doing when McIntyre had to come up with a big save through traffic.

That pressure led to Chris Connor scoring on a nice backdoor play that was set up by Michael McLeod. The play was a result of a miscue between Brogan Rafferty and Zack MacEwen. Those plays will happen even when the team is on a run like they are.

Conner earned his fourth goal of the year on the play, while McLeod and Nathan Bastain each grabbed their third assist of the season.

The miscues kept coming as Josh Teves bobbled the puck and it forced McIntyre into making another save.

At the other end of the ice, Arseneau teed up a bomb from Ashton Sautner that he couldn’t get through the crowd before Rafferty and Baertschi had a chance gobbled up by Cormier.

Back in the Comets’ zone, Chris Connor tried his luck with a cross-crease play that McIntyre picked off with a smart stick. We had some back and forth before Carter Bancks set Francis Perron up in the high slot for a shot that was turned aside by Cormier as well.

Ryan Schmelzer sent the Comets to the first power play of the game when he was dinged for goaltender interference at the 13:24 mark.

We only saw the first unit on this man advantage, but they made it count. That unit consisted of Goldobin, MacEwen, Lind, Juolevi, and Boucher. Goldobin dished to Juolevi for a one-timer that was swallowed up by Cormier before Lind had a shot stopped after some great puck movement by the Comets.

Reid Boucher scored his ninth goal of the season after taking a Juolevi feed and walking in for a shot that beat Cormier. The assist was Juolevi’s fourth of the season, while Nikolay Goldobin grabbed his ninth helper of the year on the play.

The Devils came right back with some pressure before MacEwen drew a holding penalty on Joe Morrow at the 19:33 mark. TheBigFella tipped a Boucher offering just wide of the net as time was winding down.

The Comets finished the middle frame up 3-1 on the scoreboard, but Bingo outshot them by a 12-10 margin for the period.

Your second-period shot map.

Third Period

The Comets still had 1:34 of power play time to work with to start the period and this time they used both units to no avail.

The first unit kicked things off as Goldobin set MacEwen up for a shot from the right circle that was steered out of play by Cormier.

The second unit consisted of Adam Gaudette, Sven Baertschi, Justin Bailey, Francis Perron, and Brogan Rafferty. Gaudette was bringing it as he had an early shot denied before putting his one-timer off the shoulder of Cormier. Perron came up with a big hit that Joe Roberts had to tell us about because the cameras didn’t catch it, but it seems like playing on a line with Vinny Arseneau is rubbing off on him.

The Comets power play came up empty.

Michael McLeod came looking for a goal when he fired a shot off the blocker of McIntyre before Nathan Bastian followed up with a chance of his own that McIntyre shut down with the shrug of his shoulder. Have I mentioned that McIntyre has been good this year?

Francis Perron is a creative playmaker, but he can get a sneaky good shot away as well. He did just that with a wrister through traffic that was denied but opened up a second chance for Arseneau that Cormier turned aside as well.

McLeod went the other way at speed, using his wheels to break down the right side with a shot that McIntyre shut down. The Devils kept it coming as Rafferty had to come up with a Kevin Bieksa special when he made a sliding play to foil a Binghamton scoring chance off the rush.

Brett Seney followed up with a one-timer, but McIntyre proved equal to the task. The Devils were putting the pressure on, once more. The line of Jasek, Baertschi, and Goldobin was having a heck of a time getting the puck out of their own end.

Vincent Arseneau showed that sometimes when you live by the hit, you die by the hit, as he took a stiff one at the Devils’ blue line, but taking that hit allowed Bancks a scoring opportunity that he couldn’t bury.

Julian Melchiori followed up by filling in Carter Camper with a heavy hit in the Devils’ end but the puck stayed in and MacEwen got a shot away that was turned aside. Sautner snuck a shot through but once again, Cormier was there with the save.

The Devils went the other way and put one off the post.

The Comets kept it coming as Bailey set up the screen and Jalen Chatfield ripped a shot that Cormier shut down. He did the same with Chatfield’s followup chance as well.

Josh Teves has been having a solid rookie campaign so far. He came into this game as the AHL’s league-leader with a plus 12 record on the season. Well, he had a tough shift in the third that saw him get blown up with a big hit along the boards, which to his credit, he bounced right back up from, but he was soon dinged for tripping and was headed to the box.

We saw the usual faces on this kill, although Adam Gaudette would also make an appearance late. The foursome of Bancks, MacEwen, Chatfield, and Juolevi got things started. Bancks and MacEwen had a shorthanded chance foiled before McIntyre gloved down a floater.

Jasek and Boucher were up next and they were soon joined by Sautner and Brisebois.

Brett Seney had a one-timer kicked out by McIntyre before Boucher picked the puck off and went the other way. The Comets sharpshooter got his shot away but fired it off target. Gaudette and MacEwen would come out to steer this kill home and the Devils came up empty.

McIntyre’s night wasn’t done yet as he still had work to do with the Devils pressing again. The Comets netminder came up with another save before Brisebois put a shot off the blocker of Cormier at the other end.

This was where Zane McIntyre crushed the dreams of the Devils when he made the save of the game on a two-on-one.

For the love of all that is good and holy… those men have families, probably. What a save by McIntyre!

BigVinny thought he’d toss some salt into those wounds as he soon made it a 4-1 game as the Comets fourth line looked like they were out to prove something in this one. The goal was the second of the game and third of the season for Vinny, while Carter Bancks picked up his second helper of the year on the play and Perron grabbed his fifth of the season.

That Francis Perron deal is paying dividends early… for the Comes at least.

With 2:19 remaining on the clock, the Devils called their timeout. When that timeout ended, Cormier was still on the bench in favour of a sixth skater.

Joe Morrow had a shot stopped by McIntyre before Reid Boucher swiped the puck and Kole Lind soon had his second goal of the season. He will take it, empty netter and all. Camper and Boucher both grabbed their third helper of the year on the play.

That was it for this one as the Comets finished with a 5-1 win while outshooting the Devils 11-10 in the final frame and 33-28 overall.

Your third-period shot map:


Today’s Official Boxscore

Today’s Comets Goals:

  1. Carter Bancks (2) from Francis Perron (3).
  2. Vincent Arseneau (2) from Francis Perron (4) and Brogan Rafferty (3).
  3. Reid Boucher (9) from Olli Juolevi (4) and Nikolay Goldobin (9). Power play goal.
  4. Vincent Arseneau (3) from Carter Bancks (2) and Francis Perron (5).
  5. Kole Lind (2) from Carter Camper (3) and Reid Boucher (3). Empty net goal.

Special Teams:

Power Play: One goal on two opportunities.

Penalty Kill: One penalty, one kill.

PP1: Goldobin, MacEwen, Lind, Juolevi, Boucher.

PP2: Baertschi, Bailey, Perron, Gaudette, Rafferty.

Penalty Killers: Bancks, MacEwen, Jasek, Boucher, Bailey, Gaudette, Chatfield, Brisebois, Juolevi, Sautner.

The Three Stars in the building today were: 

3rd Star: Carter Bancks. One goal, one assist.

2nd Star: Zane McIntyre. 27 saves.

1st Star: Vincent Arseneau. Two goals.

CanucksArmy’s Three Stars:

3rd Star: Vincent Arseneau/Carter Bancks: BigVinny and Carter Bancks made up two-thirds of the Comets fourth line today and they finished the contest with four points between them. Bancks is now up to four points in three games this year. Not bad for the captain. Arseneau, for his part, is now up to four points in six games. That is some very solid production for a couple of guys holding down work on the team’s fourth line.

2nd Star: Zane McIntyre: The Comets new number one is proving to be a solid signing in the early going this year. He has won all four games that he has started, allowing eight goals on 136 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.98 to go along with his 0.941% save percentage. Is that good? I think that’s good… He finished today’s game with 27 saves after stopping 45 in his last start. McIntyre is handling the puck well and is bringing a calming presence to the Comets’ back end.

1st Star: Francis Perron: Perron picked up three more assists today and now has six points through his first four games for the team. The trade of Tom Pyatt and a sixth-round pick for Perron and a seventh is looking like a tidy piece of work for Jim Benning and his pro-scouts. Perron has played all but today’s game out of position and hasn’t missed a beat. Today, he was playing on a line with Bancks and Arseneau, but once the team is healthy, he could see Tyler Graovac and Jonah Gadjovich as linemates. That could be yet another trio for the coaching staff that could provide some nice offensive contributions.

Next Game

Game #7

Utica Comets at Hershey Bears

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific