Tonight’s Game: A battle between the Comets and Crunch for the third straight time takes place tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center. Entering tonight's content, the Comets rest at the third spot in the North Division with 15 points and a .625 winning percentage. Syracuse, playing six more games this season, has 21 points with a winning percentage of .583 are placed in the fourth spot in the division. These two teams will faceoff once again next week on Monday in Syracuse at 7:00PM
Last Game: After losing back to back games previous to last night's contest, the Comets toppled the Syracuse Crunch, 5-1 at the Adirondack Bank Center on Tuesday night. Despite going down 1-0 in the first period giving up a shorthanded goal, the Comets scored five straight to skate away with two more points in the standings. Curtis McKenzie, Jonah Gadjovich (two goals), Sven Bärtschi and Mitch Reinke sent pucks past Syracuse netminder Samuel Montembeault. Sam Anas added two assists for the second time in as many home games. Lucas Jasek, Jack Rathbone also had a couple assists on the evening. Goaltender Joel Hofer secured his first pro victory with 24 saves on 25 shots.
Scouting the Crunch: Syracuse is now in the fourth spot in the North Division with a record of 10-7-1 for 21 points and a .583 winning percentage. Winger Boris Katchouk leads the Crunch in points with 17 (7G, 10A) in 17 games played. In four games played against the Comets, Katchouk has one goal and three assists. Otto Somppi is second on the team in points with 12 (4G, 8A) in 18 games this season. The Syracuse defense is paced by John Ludvig who has racked up two goals and six assists in 13 games played. Goaltender Samuel Montembeault has a record of 6-4-1 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.81 goals against average. He's played in every game against the Comets going 2-3 along the way.
Gadjovich Leads the Team: Only four times this season has Jonah Gadjovich failed to tally a goal. Leading the team with 11 goals in 12 games played, Gadjovich continues to log plenty of ice time for head coach Trent Cull. Gadjovich tallied two goals last night and ended as the game's first star. Last night was the third multi goal game of the season for Gadjovich.
Joel Hofer Win #1: The St. Louis draft pick started his first Comets game last weekend against the Crunch on the road. Despite giving up the first goal 17 seconds into the game, Hofer made a very good showing for the Comets stopping 28 shots on the night including several sparkling saves peppered throughout the contest. He followed up that performance with a win at home last night making 24 saves on 25 shots. Hofer's performance earned him the second star of the evening.
Multi Points for Multiple Players: Comets defenseman Jack Rathbone (2A), and Mitch Reinke (1G, 1A), along with forwards, Lukas Jasek (2A), Sam Anas (2A), Sven Bärtschi (1G, 1A), Curtis McKenzie (1G, 1A) and Jonah Gadjovich (2G) all ended the night with two points each. Anas, now has back to back home games with two assists.