Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets fell to the Providence Bruins 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Ashton Sautner put the Comets up 1-0 53 seconds into the game with a blast from the point that found its way past Zane McIntyre. Zack MacEwen and Tony Cameranesi picked up the assists. The assist was Cameranesi’s first point as a Comet.
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson tied the game at one at the 4:09 mark of the second period, burying a loose puck over the blocker of Thatcher Demko. Austin Czarnik and Kenny Agostino were credited with the assists. Michael Carcone regained Utica’s lead with 4:12 to go in the middle frame, banking the puck off a Providence defender’s skate and in from behind the net. Dylan Blujus had the lone assist.
Right as the Comets finshed a five-minute penalty kill, Adam Payerl tied the game at two. Colton Hargrove and Forsbacka Karlsson were credited with the assists. Joseph LaBate made it 3-2 a minute and a half later. Patrick Wiercioch and Carcone tallied the assists. Blujus extended the lead to 4-3 with his first marker as a Comet over a minute later. Alexis D’Aoust collected the assist. Justin Hickman cut the lead to 4-3 40 seconds later. Payerl and Chris Porter notched the assists. Matt Beleskey tied the game at four with 1:13 to go in regulation. Forsbacka Karlsson had the assist and the game would head to overtime.
Overtime was not enough to find a winner and the game would head to a shooutout.
Kenny Agostino netted the only goal in the shooutout to secure the win.
Demko finshed with 37 saves and his record falls to 11-6-4. McIntyre stopped 26 shots. His record improves to 11-6-1. The Comets power play went 0-1, while the penalty kill was a perfect 6-6.
The Comets return to action Friday night for a rematch with the Bruins. Puck drop is at 7pm at the Adirondack Bank Center. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.