Binghamton, NY – The Utica Comets erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and came from behind for a 3-2 overtime over the Binghamton Devils on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Creating an odd-man rush midway through the first period, the Devils tallied the first goal of the night, courtesy of Joe Morrow. After Ben Street moved up the right wing side and snapped a shot towards goal, Morrow joined the attack and found the rebound, sailing it over a sliding Michael DiPietro.
The Devils added to their lead less than two minutes later and while on a power play, using a tic-tac-toe passing play to strike. The puck was dished by Brett Seney to Joey Anderson at the left wing side, who dished it across the ice to Street for a one-time tally at 9:29. Street’s goal ended the offense in the first period and sent the Comets into the intermission trailing by two.
The second period saw continued chances and a physical edge to the play that added to the excitement of the action, but it was the goaltenders who were on top of their game, denying each chance sent their way. DiPietro registered six saves during the frame and Louis Domingue made eight during the scoreless period.
Continuing to throw everything they had at goal, the Comets finally broke through at the 7:24 mark of the third period. After settling the puck along the right wing side, Wacey Hamilton flung a rink-wide pass across to Stefan LeBlanc, who one-touched the feed into the net.
Using the goal to build momentum in the third period, Utica used its newfound energy to equalize the game at a pair apiece. Pressuring the defense of the Devils, a loose puck was thrown into the slot area where Tyler Graovac spun it to the net with a blind wrist shot that zipped over the shoulder of Domingue and in.
The Graovac goal eventually forced an overtime session, where Zack MacEwen sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Comets. MacEwen was fed by Nikolay Goldobin and, using an Ashton Sautner screen, lifted a backhand into the back of the net, capping off a 3-2 win.
The Comets return to the ice Monday afternoon when they host the Syracuse Crunch on Military Appreciation Day. Puck drop is at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.
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