COMETS BATTLE SOUND TIGERS FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST WEEKDec 13, 2019
UTICA COMETS (15-8-1-2) vs. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (9-14-3-1)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the third time in the last week. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets scored four goals in four minutes in the second period to push them to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Marlies Wednesday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Lukas Jasek scored twice, while Francis Perron, Guillaume Brisebois, Kole Lind, and Reid Boucher also scored for Utica. Michael DiPietro made 27 saves in the win.
Head-to-Head: This is the third contest between the Comets and Sound Tigers this season. The two teams have split the season series so far, with Utica winning the most recent contest 6-3 on Monday. The Comets have outscored the Sound Tigers 10-8 through two games.
Scouting the Sound Tigers: Bridgeport comes in with a record of 9-14-3-1 and sits in last place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently fell 6-3 to the Comets Monday night. Offensively, the Sound Tigers are led by Matt Lorito with 16 points, followed by Sebastian Aho with 15 points apiece. Christopher Gibson is the top netminder with a record of 5-3-3, a 2.40 goals-against average, and a .918 save percentage.
Heating Up: Don’t look now, but the Comets are starting to get hot! Utica has won back-to-back games and has picked up at least a point in four straight games. The Comets are 5-2-1-2 in their last 10 games.
White Hot: The Comets power play is absolutely on fire lately. Utica has scored a power play goal in 13 consecutive games, going 20-60 (33.3%) during that stretch. Additionally, the Comets have five games with more than one power play goal during that time span. Utica’s power play ranks fourth in the league at 24.5%.
Old Time Hockey: Reid Boucher accomplished a rare hockey feat Wednesday night. Boucher recorded a Gordie How hat trick in Wednesday night’s win, which surprised many since Boucher is known more for his goal scoring than his fighting. The forward is currently riding an eight-game point streak and is two goals away from breaking the Comets’ team record for career goals scored. Boucher is tied for the league lead in points (31) and leads the league in goals (18).
Droppin’ Dimes: Sven Baertschi has been dishing out assists like crazy lately. Baertschi has put up back-to-back multi-assist games and has seven assists in his last four games. The veteran forward is second on the team in assists and has 21 points (4-17-21) in 14 games with the Comets this season.
Next Game: The Comets go right back at it tomorrow night against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Floyd L. Maines Veteran’s Memorial Arena is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.