The Utica Comets surrendered four power-play goals in the game’s first 40 minutes en route to suffering a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum. Brendan Leipsic’s four-point (1-3-4) night paced the defending North Division champions as the Marlies seemed to have picked up right where they left off last season.
Jordan Subban (0-2-2) and Alexandre Grenier (1-1-2) posted multi-point nights, and Curtis Valk (1-0-1) and Michael Chaput (0-1-1) chipped in a point a piece for the Comets. Richard Bachman made 29 saves on 34 Marlies shots, in the loss.
A 5-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday evening at the Ricoh Coliseum sent the Utica Comets to a winless opening weekend to kick off the 2016-17 season. The Comets have now lost their first two games of the season in three of the franchises four years.
Jordan Subban (2-0-2) scored both the Comets goals and has now captured a point (2-2-4) in all four of his team’s goals this season. Michael Chaput (0-2-2) chipped in two assists, and collected three points in his first two games in a Comets sweater. Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko made his professional hockey debut with a 28-save performance against the defending North Division champions.
The Utica Comets drew first blood in the 2016-17 Galaxy Cup series, with a 5-4 victory over the Syracuse Crunch at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena Friday night. The win was the Comets first of the season and improves the team’s record to 1-2-0-0 overall.
Defenseman Chad Billins (1-2-3) paced the Comets with a three-point night, while Jayson Megna (1-1-2), Michael Chaput (0-2-2), and Alexandre Grenier (1-1-2) all recorded multi-point efforts. Goaltender Richard Bachman recorded his 102nd career AHL victory with a 19-save effort.
Despite climbing out of a 2-0 hole, the Utica Comets lost by the score of 3-2 to the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center on Saturday night. The Comets record falls to 1-3-0-0, while the Devils improved to a perfect 4-0-0-0.
Off-season free agent signings Michael Chaput (1-0-1) and Derek Hulak (1-0-1) each netted their first goals as a member of the Comets, while David Shields (0-1-1), Marco Roy (0-1-1), Michael Zalewski (0-1-1), and Carter Bancks (0-1-1) all recorded an assist. Goaltender Thatcher Demko, in his second professional start, made 24 saves in the loss.
The Utica Comets opened up the home portion of their schedule with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Wednesday night. It was the second consecutive loss for the Comets, moving their record to 1-4-0-0 on the season.
Carter Bancks (1-0-1), Alexandre Grenier (0-1-1), and Michael Chaput (0-1-1) paced the Comets with one point apiece. Chaput extended his point streak to five games with an assist in the first period. Goaltender Richard Bachman suffered the loss and stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced.
Michael Chaput (0-1-1) extended his season-opening point streak to six games in the Utica Comets 4-2 loss to the Providence Bruins at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night. The Comets’ third consecutive loss moved the club’s record to 1-5-0-0 on the season.
Derek Hulak (1-0-1) and Jordan Subban (1-0-1) accounted for the Comets scoring. Chaput’s third period assist gave him seven on the season, good for second most in the American Hockey League. Goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced in his third professional start.
Derek Hulak’s (1-1-2) goal with 6:18 remaining in the third period vaulted the Utica Comets to a 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday evening. Michael Chaput (0-1-1) picked up an assist on the team’s second goal of the game to extend his season-opening point streak to seven games. The Comets record now sits at 2-5-0-0.
Jordan Subban (1-1-2), David Shields (0-2-2), and Hulak recorded multi-point games for the Comets. Curtis Valk (1-0-1) scored his third goal of the season, and paced the Comets with seven shots on goal. Richard Bachman picked up his second victory of the season with a 31-save performance.
Despite two late third period goals to tie the game at 3-3, the Utica Comets lost 4-3 in overtime to the St. John’s IceCaps Tuesday night at the Mile One Centre. The Comets record now sits at 2-5-1-0.
For the fourth time in his first seven games of the season, Jordan Subban (0-2-2) recorded a multi-point night. John Negrin (0-2-2) also picked up a multi-point night while Phil DeSimone (1-0-1), Carter Bancks (1-0-1), and Darren Archibald (1-0-1) handled the goal scoring. Still in pursuit of his first professional victory, Thatcher Demko backstopped the Comets with a 21-save performance.
The Utica Comets ralled from down 3-1 before ultimately losing 6-3 to the St. John’s IceCaps Wednesday evening at the Mile One Centre. The Comets have collected three of a possible six points during the first three games of their four-game road trip, and the club’s record now sits at 2-6-1-0.
Joseph LaBate (1-1-2), Michael Chaput (1-2-3), and Alexandre Grenier (1-2-3) collected multi-point games for the Comets. Chaput’s three-point night vaulted him to second in the American Hockey League in points (12), just one point shy of the league lead, and tied him with Brandon Leipsic for the league lead in assists (10). Richard Bachman picked up the loss with a 18-save performance.
The Utica Comets wrapped up their four-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch Saturday night at the OnCenter War Memorial. The Galaxy Cup series is now all square at two points apiece.
Michael Chaput (0-1-1) recorded an assist in the contest, and has now posted a point in all but one of the Comets 10 games this season. Goaltender Richard Bachman made 25 saves in the loss.
The Utica Comets fell into an early hole that they could not dig themselves out of en route to a 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday evening at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Comets record now sits at 2-8-1-0.
Captain Carter Bancks (1-0-1) potted the Comets lone tally on the evening while Alexandre Grenier (0-1-1) picked up an assist to extend his point streak to four games. Richard Bachman recorded the loss with a 24-save performance in his third consecutive start.
Darren Archibald’s overtime winner landed the Utica Comets a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday evening. The victory snapped the Utica Comets four-game losing streak and improved their record to 3-8-1-0.
Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko earned his first professional victory with a 29-save performance. Curtis Valk (1-2-3) posted a career-high three-point game, while Archibald (2-0-2) potted two goals for his sixth career multi-goal game.
The Utica Comets were unable to fight out of an early 2-0 deficit against the Hershey Bears, and dropped a 4-2 decision on Wednesday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The loss brings the Comets record to 3-9-1-0.
Darren Archibald (1-1-2) and Curtis Valk (1-1-2) each tallied a goal and an assist for the second straight game. David Shields (0-1-1) and Cody Kunyk (0-1-1) also chipped in an assist each, and goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 27 of the 31 Bears shots on goal.
The Utica Comets wiped out an early 3-0 deficit to set up Darren Archibald’s second overtime game-winning goal in three games, as the Comets slipped by the Springfield Thunderbirds 5-4 Friday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Comets record improves to 4-9-1-0 on the year.
Curtis Valk (1-2-3) led the Comets offensively and tallied three points while Joseph LaBate (1-1-2) and Alexandre Grenier (1-1-2) chipped in with two points apiece. Jordan Subban (0-1-1), Cole Cassels (1-0-1), Cody Kunyk (0-1-1), Darren Archibald (1-0-1), Wacey Hamilton (0-1-1), and Chad Billins (0-1-1) all collected a point in the win. Goaltender Thatcher Demko earned his seconnd career professional victory and stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced in the process.
The Utica Comets picked up their second consecutive win Saturday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium as they bested the Rochester Americans 2-1. The win brings the Comets record to 5-9-1-0 on the season.
Curtis Valk (1-0-1) and Darren Archibald (0-1-1) continued to stay red hot and each tallied a point for the fourth consecutive game. Cole Cassels (1-0-1), Jake Virtanen (0-1-1), and Joseph LaBate (0-1-1) each chipped in with one point apiece as well. Goaltender Richard Bachman picked up the win and stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced.
The Utica Comets took game three of the 2016-17 Galaxy Cup match-up, defeating the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 Wednesday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. It was the third consecutive win for the Comets, bringing their record to 6-9-1-0.
Curtis Valk (0-1-1) extended his team-leading point streak to five games with an assist in the first period on Alexandre Grenier’s (1-0-1) power-play goal. Derek Hulak’s (1-0-1) fourth goal of the season, scored in second period, served as the game-winner. Goaltender Thatcher Demko turned in a stellar performance and stopped 31 of the shots 32 shots he faced.
The Utica Comets ran their win streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Rochester Americans Friday evening at the Blue Cross Arena. With the victory, the Comets record improved to 7-9-1-0.
Andrey Pedan (1-1-2), Wacey Hamilton (1-1-2), Colby Robak (0-2-2), Darren Archibald (1-1-2) and Borna Rendulic (1-1-2) enjoyed multi-point games, while Jordan Subban (1-0-1) picked up his fourth power-play goal of the season. Thatcher Demko made 30-saves for his fourth straight victory.
The Utica Comets saw their season-high four-game win streak come to a halt Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre. The game was played at the home of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Marlies’ Air Canada Series. The Comets record fell to 7-10-1-0.
Rookie goaltender Michael Garteig made his American Hockey League debut with a 31-save performance in the loss. Cody Kunyk (1-0-1) recorded his second goal of the season and Jordan Subban (0-1-1) recorded an assist to extend his road point streak to six games.
The Utica Comets had their three-game home winning streak snapped Wednesday night and suffered a 2-1 setback at the hands of the Rochester Americans. It was the second consecutive defeat for the Comets, dropping their record to 7-11-1-0.
Evan McEneny (1-0-1) notched his first career American Hockey League goal, while Curtis Valk (0-1-1) and Jake Virtanen (0-1-1) also tallied one point apiece. Goaltender Thatcher Demko saw his personal four-game winning streak come to an end with a 19-save effort.
Thatcher Demko’s 24-save effort, and Jake Virtanen’s first American Hockey League goal propelled the Utica Comets to a 2-1 victory over the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center on Friday evening. The victory over the Devils was the franchise’s first regulation win over Albany in 20 tries, including four playoff match-ups.
Andrey Pedan (1-0-1), and Virtanen (1-0-1) handled the scoring for the Comets. With several highlight reel-worthy saves, Demko improved his record to 5-4-1-0, and his goals against average to 2.66 on the season.
Just 24 hours after claiming the franchise’s first regulation victory over the Albany Devils, the Utica Comets did it again by the score of 3-1 Saturday evening at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The win improves the Comets record to 9-11-1-0 on the season.
Carter Bancks (2-0-2), and Darren Archibald (1-0-1) collected the Comets three tallies, while Thatcher Demko picked up the victory with a 29-save performance.
The game entered the third period tied at two with Comets' goals from Marco Roy and Jake Virtanen. After back-and-forth action, Jordan Subban tallied the game winner at 14:33 with a shot from the point.
Goaltender Thatcher Demko turned in another spectacular performance, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced. It was the sixth consecutive game Demko has allowed two goals or less as he improved to 7-4-1.
Curtis Valk scored early for the Comets but the team surrendered three straight goals leading into the third period.
Borna Rendulic brought the game within one just 6:07 into the third period. The teams traded goals in the final two minutes with a Comets' tally by Jake Virtanen on the powerplay. Despite keeping Demko on the bench in efforts to tie the game, the Comets could not find the back of the net and suffered the 4-3 loss.
Pascal Pelletier, Jake Virtanen and Cole Cassels scored in regulation for the Comets to force an overtime and eventually a shootout. Curtis Valk tallied the lone shootout goal in a 4-3 loss.
Michael Garteig made 30 saves and one in the shootout but fell to a record of 0-1-1.
Anton Rodin, reassigned from Vancouver on a conditioning stint, tallied his first point in North America since April 21, 2013 with an assist in the first period. Alexandre Grenier (1-1-2) extended his point streak to five games. Pascal Pelletier (1-1-2) and Jordan Subban (0-1-1) also notched points in the loss. Goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced and fell to 7-5-2.
Charlie Lindgren stopped all 33 shots for his first professional shutout.
The IceCaps opened the scoring just two minutes into the middle frame. Yannick Veilleux buried the rebound of a Brett Lernout shot to give the visitors the first goal of the game.
Jeremy Gregoire extended the St. John’s lead about halfway through the final frame. Daniel Audette scored the final goal of the game by notching his third of the year on the power play with 5:56 to go in the period, giving the IceCaps a 3-0 victory.
Curtis Valk, Jordan Subban and Cole Cassels gave the Comets a 3-0 lead heading into the final minute of the second period. The Senators would score back-to-back goals at the end of the second to cut the score to a 3-2 Comets lead.
Senators foward Kyle Flanagan tied the game in the third period to force an overtime duel. Jack Rodewald score in extra time to finish the comeback and beat the Comets by a 4-3 margin. Michael Garteig made 28 stops in the game for the Comets.
The Providence Bruins struck with three goals in the first 12:11 to shake Thatcher Demko from the net. Michael Garteig replaced Demko for the remainder of the game as the Comets attempted a comeback.
Darren Archibald tallied a goal for the Comets with his eighth of the season in the second period. The goal, scored on a deflection, was assisted by David Shields and Cody Kunyk. That was the only strike for the Comets as the team suffered their sixth straight game without a win.
The Comets took their first lead against the IceCaps this season with goals from Valk and Subban. After back-and-forth action throughout the second period, a scoreless third period led to overtime. The IceCaps capitalized on an overtime power play to win 4-3. Thatcher Demko stopped 23 of the 27 shots.
The Comets took the lead early by a goal from Wacey Hamilton just over four minutes into the game. The IceCaps tied it up just minutes later off a bouncy puck that found its way behind Richard Bachman.
While no goals were tallied in the second and third periods, the opportunities for both sides were plentiful. Overtime was ended by the IceCaps’ Julien Brouillette, two minutes into extra time. Richard Bachman had an outstanding performance, saving 25 of the 27 shots.
The Comets struck first with a goal from Alexandre Grenier on the power play eight minutes into the game. Rochester battled back with two goals in the first to take the lead. Darren Archibald tied the game in the second period with a feed from Curits Valk.
The Americans scored two more goals in the middle part of the second period to grab a 4-2 lead. Entering the third period, Rochester added another goal to extend the lead. Colby Robak tallied the final Comets goal to close the gap. An empty netter concluded the scoring to give the Americans a 6-3 win.
The Comets jumped out to an early lead with a score from Colby Robak on the power play. The lead vanished after a Devils' goal late in the period. In the middle of the second period, Alexandre Grenier found a bouncing puck in the slot for his ninth of the year to regain the lead. Curtis Valk added another goal just 14 seconds into the third on a one-timer. At 11:54 of the third, the Comets' lead was closed to just a goal. Wacey Hamilton ended the scoring with an empty netter with 1:29 left. Richard Bachman made 23 saves for the win.
After the Bears opened the scoring, Wacey Hamilton responded to tie the game halfway through the first period for his third goal in the last four games. Nearing the closing minutes of the period, Hershey regained the lead that would last until the beginning of the third period.
Alexandre Grenier tied the game just 42 seconds into the final frame to force overtime. 21 seconds into the overtime, Curtis Valk fired a wrist shot for his 12th goal of the season to win the game.
After a scorless first period, the Phantoms struck first with a goal from Travis Sanheim. With 3:33 to go in the second the scoreless tie was finally broken. Lehigh Valley added another goal to take a 2-0 lead into the third.
Taylor Leier extended the lead to 3-0 with a strike early in the third period. Alexandre Grenier tallied the lone Comets goal with a wrist shot score at 7:09 of the finla frame. Curtis Valk and Colby Robak assisted to continue all three players’ point streak to four games. With Richard Bachman pulled for the extra attacker, T.J. Brennan scored an unassisted goal into the empty net for his 11th of the year to end the game at a 4-1 score.
Thatcher Demko and Kristers Gudlevskis were solid in the first period as the teams skated in the second period looking for the first goal. Alexandre Grenier gave the Comets a 1-0 lead at 4:34 of the second frame. His 12th of the season was assisted by Curtis Valk and Darren Archibald.
Mike Halmo tied the game in the third period to force an overtime period. Archibald ended the game with his third overtime winner of the season to give the Comets a 2-1 win. Valk and Demko assisted on the goal.
The Bruins took an early lead with a shorthanded goal but the Comets were able to fire back. Jordan Subban tied the game in the second by beating his brother, Malcolm, for his ninth of the year. Borna Rendulic and Michael Carcone were credited with the helpers.
Mike Zalewski gained the lead for the Comets with his first of the year in the third period. Pascal Pelletier and Cody Kunyk assisted to close the scoring. Richard Bachman turned aside 36 shots, including a penalty shot in the final minute, to win the game.
Ryan Pulock scored on the power play in the second period to break the scoreless game and give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead through two periods of play.
Darren Archibald and Alexadre Grenier scored in the third to give the Comets a lead in the closing minutes. Curtis Valk assisted on both goals with all three players finishing with two points a piece. Evan McEneny scored an empty net goal to seal the win.
Richard Bachman made 32 saves to improve his record to 6-7-1 on the season.