Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets topped the Binghamton Devils by a score of 3-1 Friday night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Reid Boucher drew first blood with 3:20 to go in the opening frame, firing a backhand shot past Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. Nikolay Goldobin and Patrick Wiercioch tallied the assists.
Michael Carcone extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal four and a half minutes into the second period. Darren Archibald and Michael Chaput picked up the assists.
Bracken Kearns cut the lead to one with 13:30 to go in the third, beating Richard Bachman on a breakaway. Jacob MacDonald had the lone assist. Archibald scored the empty net goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation. Chaput and Wacey Hamilton registered the assists.
Bachman finished with 22 saves to improve his record to 5-7-4. Blackwood stopped 26 shots. His record falls to 5-13-4. The Comets power play went 1-4, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in four attempts.
The Comets return to action tomorrow night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop at the PPL Center is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic will be hosted at the newly renovated Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The two-day event includes the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 28, followed by the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 29 and the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge later that evening. The Skills Competition and the All-Star Challenge will take place in downtown Utica; all other events during the All-Star Classic will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. For tickets to the two-day event, visit empirestatetix.com.