COMETS BATTLE SOUND TIGERS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAYDec 2, 2017
UTICA COMETS (9-9-2) vs. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (12-7-1)
Webster Bank Arena, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the second straight night. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Utica Comets fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 7-6 in overtime Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Reid Boucher struck 46 seconds into the game. Jordan Subban and Cam Darcy picked up the assists. Steve Bernier tied the game with 8:23 remaining in the first period. Scott Eansor put Bridgeport up 2-1 with a power play goal three minutes later. Boucher tied the game at two 1:29 into the middle frame with a power play goal of his own. Jayson Megna had the lone assist. Joseph LaBate’s unassisted tally put the Comets up 3-2 two minutes later. Fritz tied the game at three less than two minutes later. Lafranchise was credited with the assist. Michael Chaput regained the lead for the Comets at the 10:47 mark of the second period. Boucher and Patrick Wiercioch had the assists on the power play goal. Casey Bailey knotted things up at four on the power play with less than four minutes to go in the second. Chaput netted his second of the night seven minutes into the third period. Zack MacEwen and Boucher collected the assists. Seth Helgeson tied the game at five just thirty seconds later.. Toews gave Bridgeport a 6-5 lead with 7:30 to go in the game with a power play goal. Wiercioch tied it at six with 3:08 left in regulation. MacEwen picked up his second assist of the night on the goal. Fritz scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in overtime. Demko finished with 33 saves and his record falls to 7-5-2.
Head-to-Head: This is the second meeting between the Comets and Sound Tigers this season. Bridgeport took the first meeting 7-6 in overtime last night. Utica leads the all-time series 4-3-2.
Scouting the Sound Tigers: Bridgeport comes in with a record of 12-7-1 and sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Tanner Fritz leads the offense with 21 points, followed by Sebastian Aho with 16 points. Christopher Gibson is the leading goaltender with a record of 8-4-0, a 2.47 goals-against average, and .908% save percentage.
Road Warrior: Alexis D’Aoust has been a force to be reckoned with on the road over the last few games. D’Aoust carries a three-game road point streak into tonight’s contest.
White Hot: Speaking of streaks, Reid Boucher’s point streak remains intact, moving to five games after a four-point performance last night. Boucher leads the Comets with 22 points (11-11-22) this season.
Power Surge: The Comets power play has rebounded nicely since breaking out of their slump. Utica is 3-11 (27.2) in their last four games and sit fifth in the league overall at 21.5%.
Spreading It Around: The Comets have gotten offense from all over the lineup this season. Five players have tallied 10 or more points and seven players have seven or more assists. In addition, Utica has four players with five goals or more.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Wednesday night as they host the Syracuse Crunch in game two of the Galaxy Cup series. Puck drops 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 AHL Live.