COMETS BATTLE BRUINS FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASONNov 1, 2019
UTICA COMETS (8-0-0-0) vs. PROVIDENCE BRUINS (6-3-0-2)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets host the Providence Bruins for the first time this season. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Two third period goals helped put away the Binghamton Devils as the Utica Comets took home a 3-1 win to round out a perfect month of October Wednesday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Francis Perron, Kole Lind, and Reid Boucher scored for Utica. Zane McIntyre stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn his fifth straight win.
Head-to-Head: This is the first of two meetings between the Comets and Bruins this year. The two teams split last year’s season series, with each team winning their home game. Utica is 5-4-2-1 in the last five years against Providence.
Scouting the Bruins: Providence comes in with a record of 6-3-0-2 and sits in second place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently beat the Rochester Americans 4-3 Wednesday night. Alex Petrovic leads the active roster with 10 points, followed by Paul Carey with nine point. Max Legace is the top netminder with a 4-1-1 record, a 2.50 goals-against average, and a .833 save percentage.
Lind-Sanity: Kole Lind is off to a torrid start this season. Lind has earned points in all but two games and already has two multi-point games. Lind has tallied nine points (3-6-9) in eight games this year. For reference, it took Lind 27 games to reach nine points last season.
First To 10: Reid Boucher just keeps on scoring. Boucher scored his 10th goal of the season Wednesday night, becoming the first player in the AHL to reach the double-digit goal mark. The forward has 13 points (10-3-13) in eight games this year.
Perron The Money: Francis Perron is emerging as another scoring threat for the Comets. He’s been an assist machine on offense, racking up six helpers to put him in third on the team. Additionally, Perron has registered three multi-point games. The Laval, Que., native has eight points (2-6-8) in six games.
One and Done: The Comets stingy defense has been a big factor in their recent success. Utica has not allowed more than one goal in four straight games. Goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Michael DiPietro have combined to stop 134 of 138 shots over that stretch, coming out to a save percentage of .971.
Next Game: The Comets go right back at it tomorrow night against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.