Utica Comets Post-Game Report

Game #18

Utica Comets at Laval Rocket

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

7:30 pm Eastern/4:30 pm Pacific


Pre-Game Predictions From Twitter


Scratched Today For Utica

  1. Olli Juolevi: LD – Lower-body ailment, no timeframe. NHL deal.
  2. Seamus Malone: W/C – Upper-body injury, no timeframe. AHL deal.
  3. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  4. Stefan LeBlanc: LD – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  5. Mitch Eliot: RD – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  6. Tanner Sorenson: F – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  7. Justin Taylor: F – Healthy scratch. PTO.

Today’s Comets Lines

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

27 Francis Perron – 9 Lukas Jasek – 18 Vincent Arseneau

77 Nikolay Goldobin – 36 Wacey Hamilton (A)- 24 Reid Boucher (A)

95 Justin Bailey – 19 Carter Camper – 13 Kole Lind

21 Jonah Gadjovich – 26 Dyson Stevenson – Carter Bancks (C)

55 Guillaume Brisebois – 5 Jalen Chatfield

6 Ashton Sautner – 25 Brogan Rafferty

4 Josh Teves – 8 Dylan Blujus

31 Zane McIntyre

64 Mikey DiPietro (backing up)

*For today and tomorrow, your post-game report will be somewhat abbreviated as my little sister is in town and I haven’t seen her for a decade or so.*

First Period

The opening frame had some good pace and went by pretty quickly, but there was not a ton of action.

BigVinny was playing in his home province and he wanted his presence to be felt, so he did what Vinny does and unloaded with a heavy hit early in the defensive zone.

We had some back and forth before Jake Evans had a good chance when Koel Lind was bowled over and lost the puck. Evans let fly and McIntyre was there with the save.

At the other end, Justin Bailey used his wheels to break into the Rocket zone before dropping a pass to Dylan Blujus for a one-timer that was swallowed up by netminder Cayden Primeau. Blujus followed up with another shot through traffic that bounced around in the crease but did not beat Primeau.

Maxime Lamarche was sent off for hooking at the 6:17 mark and the Comets were off to the power play. Goldy, Lind, Boucher, Bailey, and Rafferty got things started as we saw Bailey try Zack MacEwen’s corral, spin, and fire play but couldn’t make it go before Boucher teed up a one-timer for Kole Lind that was turned aside by Primeau.

Perron, Gadjovich, Camper, Brisebois, and Jasek took over and Perron quickly made it a 1-0 game with his fourth goal of the season. The goal was originally listed as Perron with his fourth from Gadjovich with his first assist of the season and Camper with his fifth. It was eventually properly listed as Perron (4) from Camper (5) and Brisebois (5). Brisebois is quietly on pace for a career-year offensively.

The goal was also the 100th point of Perron’s career. Nice for the kid to do this in his hometown.

Dyson Stevenson was out after the goal and came up with a nice defensive play in his own end of the ice before Dylan Blujus was dinged for hooking at the 11:56 mark and the Comets were off to the kill.

We saw Hamilton, Bancks, Sautner, and Chatfield start things off and Chatfield came up with an early block before Sautner cleared the puck out of the zone. Jalen followed up with a smart stick and a heavy check to take his man off the puck and Bancks came up with the clear.

Boucher and Jasek took over along with Teves and Brisebois and we saw Boucher come up with a steal before getting a shot away that was denied by Primeau. The Comets came up with a good kill.

Goldobin hit Teves with a nice feed when the rookie defender joined the rush and had his chance denied by Primeau.

Guillaume Brisebois tried to hit Boucher with a pass that didn’t connect and Josh Brook was off to the races. He let fly and put his shot through Zane McIntyre to tie the game at one. The unassisted goal was the third of the season for Brook.

Vinny Arseneau followed up the goal with a heavy hit on Michael McCarron before the period wound down with a Goldobin/Boucher chance that didn’t go.

The Comets showed an 8-5 advantage on the shot clock for the opening frame.

Your first-period shot map:

Second Period

The middle frame saw more of the same in terms of a decent pace, but the Comets would have some work to do in the third period after giving up a pair of goals in the second.

Justin Bailey was dinged for holding just 18 seconds in and the Comets had an early penalty to kill.

Bancks and Hamilton got things started with Chatfield and Sautner. Chatfield came up with a big block and we saw Jasek, Boucher, Brisbeois and Blujus take over. The Comets came up with a good kill.

We had some back and forth before Perron tried to bat a puck out of the air past Primeau but the Rocket netminder was wise to his action.

Jonah Gadjovich was back in for his first game after missing the past 14 and he was throwing his weight around with some solid hits.

McIntyre had to knock down a shot through traffic and held for the whistle before Michael McCarron beat him for his third goal of the season after Riley Barber found himself all alone in the right circle and put the puck off of him while using him as a screen. Barber grabbed his seventh assist of the year while Gustav Olofsson picked up his sixth helper of the season on the play.

Goldy was looking to get that one right back with a one-timer that was denied by Primeau.

We saw more back and forth as Brisebois let fly through traffic with a shot that Perron got a piece of but Primeau was there with the save. Jasek followed up with a chance that was denied as well.

Vinny Arseneau drew a tripping call on Kevin Lynch at the 9:01 mark and the Comets were off to the power play.

Goldy had a shot redirected by Bailey but Primeau was there with the save. The second unit took over and we saw Brisebois show a smart stick to break up a shorthanded chance by Nikita Jevpalovs. The Comets came up empty.

Perron was dishing the sauce again today and he hit Gadjovich with a beauty but the Laval defender was there to break up Jonah’s chance for a goal.

Jalen Chatfield was dinged for holding at the 12:07 mark and it was back to the kill. Carter Bancks looked like he took a stick up high on this one and he saw some attention at the bench, but the captain didn’t miss a shift.

Riley Barber had a shot steered aside by McIntyre before Blujus came up with the clear and the Comets saw Jasek and Boucher with a shorthanded chance that didn’t fly. Utica came up with another good kill.

Kole Lind showed good hustle on the forecheck to earn possession for the Comets before Sautner sent his shot wide of the net. Arseneau and Perron used a nice play to get the puck to the net with Jalen Chatfield crashing but once again, Primeau was equal to the task.

We had more back and forth as McIntyre stopped a one-timer and Josh Teves used a smart stick to foil a Laval chance. McIntyre followed up by flat out robbing Ryan Poehling on a redirect in close.

The saves kept coming when McIntyre whipped out a quick leg to shut down another chance. McIntyre came up with another stop on a redirect before Jake Evans put the Rocket up 3-1 with his second of the season. Barber picked up his eighth assist of the year on the play, while Jevpalovs grabbed his second on a net-drive play.

That was it for the middle frame. The Rocket showed an edge of 10-6 on the shot clock for the second period.

Your second-period shot map:

Third Period

The Comets started the final frame off the same way they started the second when Guillaume Brisebois was sent off for slashing just 17 seconds in. The Comets killed off all but one Laval power play today, but all that time spent in the box doesn’t allow for many offensive opportunities. Utica will have to clean up the unnecessary antics.

During this kill, there was a mad scramble in the Comets crease that saw McIntyre and Sautner each make a save to keep the puck out. McIntyre had to stop and hold a point shot with a crowd in front and the Comets came up with a good kill.

Unfortunately, seconds after the penalty expired, Otto Leskinen beat McIntyre for his first AHL goal. Jake Evans grabbed his fifth assist of the season on the play, while Alexandre Alain picked up his second.

That one put Laval up 4-1.

The Comets were looking to get that one right back as Primeau had to shut down back-to-back chances from Boucher and Sautner before Goldy forced a turnover to Boucher who was denied once again. Goldy followed up with a chance of his own that he put wide of the net.

Leskinen was dinged for hooking at the 4:47 mark and the Comets had a chance to get that goal back. The second unit started this one off and Lukas Jasek soon had his third goal of the season after burying a rebound. Jonah Gadjovich earned his first assist of the year on the play, while Carter Camper grabbed his sixth.

The Rocket came right back for another chance that McIntyre got a glove on before Dylan Blujus cleared the puck out of play and was sent off for delay of game. Back to the kill for Utica.

It took Riley Barber 30 seconds to put the Rocket up 5-3 with his second goal of the season when he ripped a shot past McIntyre. Matthew Peca picked up his fifth helper of the season on the play, while Michael McCarron earned his second.

The Rocket kept it coming as McIntyre denied a backhander from in close before gloving down a Leskinen offering.

Ryan Poehling made it a 6-2 game when he followed up his own scoring chance to beat McIntyre for his fourth of the season. Kevin Lynch picked up the lone assist for his second of the year.

The Comets netminder had to be sharp to stop a spinning backdoor play from Jevpalovs to Evans to keep his team within… four.

We had some back and forth before Lukas Vejdemo was sent off for delay of game when he covered a loose puck with his mitt.

The Comets first unit couldn’t make anything happen and the second unit fared no better. The Comets came up empty again.

Carter Camper tried his luck with a long shot that was gloved and held by Primeau before Boucher let fly with a one-timer that was also denied by the Laval netminder.

Wacey Hamilton took an ill-advised slashing penalty and the Comets were back to the kill. Michael McCarron was sent off for interference at the 14:43 mark and we had some four aside play. The McCarron minor was a double.

Carter Camper needed just 14 seconds to pick up his second goal of the season and third point of the game when he redirected a Jalen Chatfield shot behind Primeau. Chatfield grabbed his first point of the season with the assist, while Frankie Perron picked up his ninth helper of the year.

Justin Bailey nearly grabbed a goal but put his shot off the side of the net before Primeau stymied him with a quick skate save. Former Canucks winger Dale Weise had a shorthanded break that saw McIntyre come up with a save on before the Comets netminder pulled out a DemkoSpecial and stopped the next shot with his head.

McIntyre followed up with a big save on Alexandre Alain before Noah Juulsen was sent off for boarding Lukas Jasek and the Comets had a five-on-three for 50 seconds.

Boucher had a one-timer from the left circle swallowed up as the first unit was once again unable to make something happen. No matter, however, as Jonah Gadjovich whipped out a nifty spin and fire move for his second goal of the season and second point of the game. Frankie Perron picked up his 10th helper of the year on the play, while Guillaume Brisebois grabbed his sixth.

That was as close as the Comets would get as they fell 6-4 to the Rocket. Laval showed a 17-14 advantage on the third period shot clock and a 32-28 advantage for the game.

Your third-period shot map:

Today’s Official Boxscore

Comets Goals

  1. Perron (4) from Camper (5) and Brisebois (5). PP goal.
  2. Jasek (3) from Gadjovich (1) and Camper (6). PP goal.
  3. Camper (2) from Chatfield (1) and Perron (9).
  4. Gadjovich (2) from Perron (10) and Brisebois (6). PP goal.

Special Teams

Power Play: 3/7.

Penalty Kill: 5/6.

PP Units:

Goldobin, Lind, Boucher, Bailey, Rafferty.

Perron, Camper, Gadjovich, Jasek, Brisebois

Penalty Killers:

Bancks, Hamilton, Jasek, Boucher, Bailey, Perron, Brisebois, Chatfield, Sautner, Blujus, Teves.

The Three Stars in the building today were:

3rd Star: Otto Leskinen. First AHL goal.

2nd Star: Jake Evans. One goal, one assist.

1st Star: Riley Barber. One goal, two assists.

CanucksArmy’s Three Stars:

3rd Star: Jonah Gadjovich. Jonah missed 14 games with an injury and jumped back into the lineup with a physical game and picked up a goal and an assist. Both points came on the power play, which coincidentally went 3/7 today. Jonah picked up his first goal of the season in his last game before he went down with that injury, so he now has three points in his last two games.

2nd Star: Carter Camper. Camper also had a long injury absence, but he now has one goal and three assists since coming back. He is up to eight points in 10 games this season and if he can stay healthy, he gives the team a creative playmaker from the middle. He picked up three points today in a losing cause.

1st Star: Francis Perron. Frankie Perron picked up a goal and a pair of helpers today and is now sitting at 14 points in 16 games played for the Comets. Perron has produced the bulk of his points this year while playing out of position as a winger in the middle, but he has adapted his game well. He’s a bit of a streaky player, but he is still putting up points and helping to give his club a chance to win games.

Next Game

Game #19

Utica Comets at Laval Rocket

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

3:00 pm Eastern/12:00 noon Pacific