Utica Comets Post-Game Report

Game #10

Rochester Americans at Utica Comets

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific



Scratched Today For Utica

  1. Jonah Gadjovich: Upper-body strain, week-to-week. NHL deal.
  2. Reid Boucher: LW/RW – Lower-body injury, no timeframe. NHL deal.
  3. Carter Camper: C – Middle-body injury, no timeframe. AHL deal.
  4. Stefan LeBlanc: LD – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  5. Josh Teves: LD – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  6. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.

Today’s Starting Lines

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

34 Carter Bancks (C) – 36 Wacey Hamilton (A) – 13 Kole Lind

95 Justin Bailey – 27 Francis Perron – 77 Nikolay Goldobin

9 Lukas Jasek – 44 Tyler Graovac – 15 Zack MacEwen (A)

18 Vincent Arseneau – 17 Seamus Malone – 26 Dyson Stevenson

48 Olli Juolevi – 5 Jalen Chatfield

55 Guillaume Brisebois – 52 Mitch Eliot

8 Dylan Blujus – 25 Brogan Rafferty

31 Zane McIntyre

64 Michael DiPietro (backing up)

First Period

Okay, folks. I had some technical issues after this game. I had written the bulk of my post-game report and it somehow vanished from the CanucksArmy backend. It disappeared more quickly than the Comets offence over the past couple of games. As such, this will now be a condensed version of the post-game tonight. I just don’t have it in me to rewrite all of that work for such a disappointing game.

I was a little curious as to why the coaching staff would elect to make Josh Teves a healthy scratch for this game as he’s played pretty well this year, in my opinion. I was happy to see Mitch Eliot making his debut, but I would have liked to see it come without removing one of the other prospects from the lineup in the process.

The other thing that I didn’t understand was breaking up the defensive pair of Guillaume Brisebois and Brogan Rafferty. I feel like that duo has been the best pairing for the Comets so far this year and they had also been kept together for the first nine games of the season.

The Comets offence has fallen off a cliff over the last handful of games and today was no different as they couldn’t muster a goal for the second game in a row.

The opening frame was a tough one for Utica as they would finish the period in a 3-0 hole.

Brett Murray got the scoring going just over five minutes in with his second goal of the year. It was assisted by Andrew Oglevie with his fourth, and Kevin Porter with his second. This one saw Jalen Chatfield and Olli Juolevi having trouble taking their men to break up the Amerks play and Zane McIntyre was soon fishing the puck out of his net.

William Borgan was sent off for interference at the 11:32 mark and the Comets had a power play to work with. We saw the first unit of Nikolay Goldobin, Zack MacEwen, Kole Lind, Francis Perron, and Olli Juolevi come up empty before the second unit of Tyler Graovac, Justin Bailey, Lukas Jasek, Vincent Arseneau, and Brogan Rafferty took over and had better pressure, but a similar result.

The Amerks gave the Comets another chance on the power play at the 14:53 mark when Casey Nelson was whistled for tripping. This was when the first of two shorthanded goals were given up by the Comets in this game. Scott Wilson was the goal scorer with his third of the season, while Casey Fitzgerald earned the lone assist for his second of the year.

This one saw Juolevi having a difficult time beating his man to the puck. We will need to be patient with Olli this year while he gets that knee back into playing shape.

The period wrapped up with a Rasmus Asplund tally to put the Comets in a 3-0 hole gong into the second. The goal was Asplund’s first of the year, while Tage Thompson picked up his sixth helper of the year on the play and Casey Fitzgerald earned his third.

This one was another tough shift for the duo of Chatfield and Juolevi. Seamus Malone might have wanted to tie up his man a little better as well.

That was it for the opening frame. The Amerks were up 3-0 on the scoreboard and up 14-11 on the shot clock.

Your first-period shot map:

Second Period

The middle frame didn’t go a whole lot better for the Comets as the Amerks would bang in three more goals before the period came to a close.

JS Dea was sent off for high-sticking at the 3:55 mark and 12 seconds later the Amerks were up 4-0 and Zane McIntyre’s night was done. This time it was Curtis Lazar doing the damage with his third of the season. Remi Elie grabbed his third assist of the season on the play, while Casey Nelson earned his fourth. The shorthanded goal was the third that the Comets have given up this season. That power play needs work in all kinds of ways.

The Comets came up empty with the extra man as their PP continues to spiral down the AHL standings.

Francis Perron was whistled for slashing at the 9:10 mark and it was time for the Amerks to score a power-play goal after all of those shorties. Tage Thompson was the shooter as he grabbed his fifth goal of the season. Lawrence Pilut picked up his fifth assist of the season on the play while Kevin Porter earned his third.

Captain Carter and his sidekick Wacey waved their sticks, but they weren’t keeping Thompson from scoring with those kinds of plays.

Play slowed down considerably after that fifth goal before the Comets fourth line came with a rambunctious shift that saw Dyson Stevenson get a little carried away with the lumber. He was sent off for slashing as well.

DiPietro shut down a chance by Lazar and the Comets killed this one off. It took 12 seconds after that penalty, however, for the Amerks to go up 6-0 on Jarrett Burton’s first of the season. Casey Nelson was credited with his fifth assist of the year on the play, while Remi Eli grabbed his fourth.

This one saw the point shot go off of Burton’s body and in. We can’t point any fingers at Chatfield or Juolevi for this one.

The Comets got a power-play chance not long after that goal, but it was short-lived. William Borgan was sent off for interference at the 16:45 mark and Kole Lind took a seat for slashing at 17:04. That makes three slashing penalties in a row for the frustrated Comets.

We saw four aside action until the Comets wrapped up the period with a brief kill. Rochester held a 12-5 advantage on the shot clock for the middle frame and found themselves up 6-0.

Your second-period shot map:

Third Period

 The final frame saw the Comets getting an early power play when Scott Wilson was sent off for, you guessed it, slashing at the 0.59-second mark. Once again, the Comets came up empty.

It was the Comets heading to the kill at the 6:33 mark when Wacey Hamilton was sent off for goaltender interference. They came up with another good kill on this one.

It was later in the period when Andrew Oglevie was dinged for tripping at the 15:11 mark and the Comets power play had another chance for redemption. There was nothing doing on this one either.

The final frame finished off with a Justin Bailey roughing call and the Comets dropped their second straight decision via the shutout.

Utica held a 12-7 advantage on the third period shot clock, while Rochester has a 33-28 advantage for the game.

Your third-period shot map:

Today’s Official Boxscore

Special Teams

Power Play: 0/6, two shorthanded goals against.

Penalty Kill: 4/5

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

PP2: Graovac, Bailey, Jasek, Arseneau, Rafferty.

Penalty Killers: Hamilton, Bancks, MacEwen, Jasek, Bailey, Graovac, Goldobin, Brisebois, Blujus, Juolevi, Chatfield.

The Three Stars in the building today were:

3rd Star: Kevin Porter. two assists.

2nd Star: Tage Thompson. one goal, one assist.

1st Star: Andrew Hammond. 28 saves for the shutout.

The Comets will have a few days to get their ducks in a row. They’ve suddenly been decimated by call-ups and injuries and with Ashton Sautner taking a late hit in his season debut with the Canucks tonight, he won’t likely be back to help anytime soon. We could see some player movement over the next week in the form of a call-up or two from Kalamazoo, or possibly even a PTO signing. Of course, the team could also get lucky and get a player or two back from injury.

This was not a good game for the Comets and they will need to bounce back in a big way if they don’t want their excellent October to go to waste.

Next Game

Game #11

Utica Comets at Binghamton Devils

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific