COMETS BEGIN SAVE OF THE DAY WEEK AGAINST HARTFORDJan 15, 2020
UTICA COMETS (22-13-2-2) vs. HARTFORD WOLF PACK (23-9-2-5)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets host the Hartford Wolf Pack in their first game of the Save of the Day Foundation Week. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets were unable to dig out of an early 2-0 hole as they fell to the Belleville Senators 4-0 Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Zane McIntyre made 14 saves in the loss.
Head-to-Head: This is the second of four matchups between the Comets and Wolf Pack this season. Hartford won the first contest 3-1 back on January 4. The Comets are 7-7-2-1 against the Wolf Pack in the last five seasons.
Scouting the Wolf Pack: Hartford comes in with a record of 23-9-2-5 and sits in first place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently fell 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-0 this past Saturday. Vinni Lettieri leads the offense with 32 points, followed by Danny O’Regan with 24 points. Adam Huska is the leading active netminder with a record of 8-4-4, a 2.61 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage.
Wolf Hunter: Reid Boucher has played extremely well against Hartford in his career. Boucher recorded a hat trick two seasons against the Wolf Pack and has 10 points (7-3-10) in his last seven games against Hartford. He has 21 points (12-9-21) in 24 career games against Hartford and 42 points (22-20-40) in 34 games this year.
Big Leap: Guillaume Brisebois’ offensive game has taken a big leap this season. Brisebois has already surpassed his point and assist total from last season in 12 less games and has tied his career high in goals. The third-year defenseman has 12 points (3-9-12) in 37 games this season.
Spread the Wealth: The Comets have gotten offense from all over the lineup this season. 15 players have recorded 10 points or more so far this season. Seven of those 15 players have 20 or more points and five have 30 or more. Additionally, four players have scored at least 10 goals this season, with two more sitting and nine goals on the season.
Staying Strong: Brogan Rafferty will look to continue his strong rookie season. Rafferty leads all defensemen in the AHL in points and assists and ranks fifth among defensemen in power play assists. He also ranks second in points among rookies. The 2020 All-Star has 33 points (5-28-33) in 39 games this year.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Friday for a rematch against the Wolf Pack. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Box Office, over the phone by calling (315) 790-9070, or online at www.empirestatetix.com. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.