UTICA COMETS (26-18-3-2) vs. SYRACUSE CRUNCH (22-21-3-3)
Adirondack Bank Center, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets battle the Syracuse Crunch in Game Six of the Galaxy Cup series. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Utica Comets earned a point in a back-and-forth affair against the Laval Rocket, but they fell by a 5-4 overtime final on Wednesday night at Bell Place. Francis Perron, Guillaume Brisebois, John Stevens, and Reid Boucher all scored for Utica. Michael DiPietro made 33 saves in net.
Head to Head: This is the sixth meeting between the North Division rivals this season. Utica leads the season series 3-2-0-0, but Syracuse won the most recent contest 4-2 back on January 20. The Comets have outscored the Crunch 18-12 through five games.
Scouting the Crunch: Syracuse comes in with a record of 22-21-3-3 and sits in sixth place in the North Division. They most recently beat the Rochester Americans 5-2 last night. Alex Barre-Boulet leads the offense with 44 points, followed by Cory Conacher with 37 points. Scott Wedgewood is the top netminder with a record of 9-6-1, a 3.07 goals-against average, and .889 save percentage.
Gold Standard: Nikolay Goldobin continues to rack up points this season. Goldobin has three points in his last two games and 16 points (6-10-16) in his last 12 games. He has five multi-point games during that stretch as well. The forward has 44 points (17-27-44) in 42 games this season.
Heating Up: Lukas Jasek has stepped up big time in light of the recent injuries and callups. Jasek is riding a three-game point streak, including a two-assist night on Wednesday against Laval. He is also six point back of tying his career high in points. Jasek has 23 points (13-10-23) in 48 games this year.
Career Year: Reid Boucher is on the cusp of another career season. Boucher is six goals and five assists away from matching his career highs in those categories. He also has nine points (3-6-9) in his last eight games. The forward leads the league with 51 points (25-26-51) in 42 games.
Riff Raff: Brogan Rafferty will look to continue his stellar rookie season. Rafferty has six points (1-5-6) in his last six games and six points (1-5-6) in his last four home games as well. The rookie leads all defensemen in the AHL with 39 points (6-33-39) in 45 games.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Wednesday night when the take on the Laval Rocket. Puck drop 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.