Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets fell to the Binghamton Devils by a score of 2-1 Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Nathan Bastian netted the first goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the opening frame, firing a bad angle shot that somehow slipped through the pads of Thatcher Demko. Austin Cangelosi and Jacob MacDonald had the assists.
The defensive battle continued into a scoreless second period, with neither team being able to convert on their two power play opportunities.
Blake Pietila extended the lead to 2-0 with four minutes remaining in the game, putting in a rebound of the glass. Jacob MacDonald and Yaroslav Dyblenko were credited with the assists. McEneny brought the game to within one at the 18:48 mark of the third period. Philip and Nikolay Goldobin tallied the assists. Despite a late power play, the Comets were unable to find an equalizer.
Demko finished with 18 saves. Appleby stopped 25 of 26 shots. The Comets power play went 0-5, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in three attempts.
The Comets are back in action tomorrow night against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is scheduled for 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. Be sure to come early to take part in Comets Fan Fest presented by Galaxy Communications from 3-7 on The AUD Plaza outside the Adirondack Bank Center.