Utica Comets Pre-Game

Game #27

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Utica Comets

Friday, December 13th, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific

It’s Friday the 13th and the 15-8-1-2 Utica Comets will welcome the 9-14-3-1 Bridgeport Sound Tigers, (New York Islanders affiliate) to The Bank for the third game of the season between the two clubs. Each team has skated away with a win in the other team’s barn so far in the series, so the Comets will be looking to buck that trend today.

The Comets are coming off of a 6-4 win over the Marlies, while the Sound Tigers last played on Monday when Utica beat them 6-3. Bridgeport shows a record of 5-5-0-0 over their previous 10 games, while Utica has gone 5-2-1-2 over that same span. At home this season, the Comets show a record of 7-5-1-1. The Tigers, for their part, have gone 4-8-2-0 on the road.

When looking at the team’s goal differentials, we see that Bridgeport has been outscored by a 90-57 margin while the Comets have outscored their opponents by a count of 95-76.

The Comets have better special teams, going 25/102 on the power play for a success rate of 24.5% with the extra man. Their penalty kill has given up 17 goals while down a man 116 times for an 85.3% success rate. Bridgeport shows a record of 9/111 with the extra man for a heinous success rate of 8.1%. Their penalty kill has been a bit better, going 19/110 to give them a success rate of 82.7%.

Matt Lorito leads the offensive charge for Bridgeport with seven goals and nine helpers to give himself 16 points in 26 games this season. Sebastian Aho sits second with his two goals and 13 assists, giving him 15 points in 27 games, while Travis St. Denis rounds out their top three with three goals and seven helpers, giving him 10 points in 25 games.

Arnaud Durandeau leads the Sound Tigers rookie crew with five goals and one assist, while Brogan Rafferty leads the Comets rookies, is tied for second amongst all AHL rookies, and sits second overall amongst all AHL defenders with three goals and 18 assists, giving him 21 points in his first 26 AHL games.

Reid Boucher, for his part, leads the Comets… and everyone else in the AHL, with 18 goals and 13 assists, giving him 31 points in 21 games this year. Nikolay Goldobin sits second in Utica with his nine goals and 14 assists to give himself 23 points in 20 games, while Kole Lind rounds out Utica’s top three with seven goals and 15 assists, giving him 22 points in 26 games.

Season Series

The two clubs have met twice this season with each team coming away with a win in the other team’s building. Utica has outscored the Sound Tigers 10-8 over the two contests.

The Comets have dominated the special teams in the series, going 4/10 on the power play against the Tigers for a success rate of 40% with the extra man. The Comets also shut down all 11 Bridgeport power plays in the series for a 100% success rate on the kill.

Sven Baertschi leads the series with five points, while Kole Lind is hot on his heels with four. Reid Boucher, Brogan Rafferty, and Matt Lorito have each picked up three points in the series, while nine players have put up a point-a-game over the first two contests.

Zane McIntyre has played boh games against Bridgeport so far, going 1-1 while posting a goals-against-average of 3.36 along with a 0.901% save percentage. Jared Coreau has played both games against Utica this year and shows the same 1-1 record. Coreau has posted a 4.80 GAA and a 0.844% save percentage over the first two games.

Scratched Last Game For Utica

  1. Wacey Hamilton: C/W – Upper-body injury, week-to-week. AHL deal.
  2. Dylan Blujus: RD – Lower-body injury, day-to-day. AHL deal.
  3. Mitch Eliot: RD – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  4. Vincent Arseneau: LW/RW – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  5. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.

Roster Moves

The injury bug has taken another bite out of the Vancouver Canucks as Thatcher Demko appears to have suffered another concussion during a practice with the big club. As such, Mikey DiPietro has been summoned back to Vancouver.

With Michael Ferland also out of the lineup after the briefest of returns, we saw Zack MacEwen making his way back up to Vancouver earlier in the week as well. On that same day, the Comets had returned forwards Tanner Sorenson and David Pope to Kalamazoo, but Pope has since been reassigned back to Utica by the Canucks. Pope picked up his second goal of the season for KZOO in their 3-2 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday and now has three points in five games for the Wings this year.

We found out this morning that Jalen Chatfield has been sent back to Utica and that Guillaume Brisebois is on his way back up to the big club. Brisebois has been having a solid, steady season and I’m happy to see him get the call.

The Comets and Sound Tigers will get after it today in Utica at 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific. As always, stay tuned for your CanucksArmy Post-Game report following today’s action.