COMETS FACE MONSTERS IN SUNDAY MATINEEFeb 17, 2019
UTICA COMETS (28-19-4-2) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (24-22-5-1)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Cleveland Monsters for the final time this season. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 5 p.m.
Last Game: Cam Darcy provided the heroics for the Utica Comets, who earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Brendan Woods and Vincent Arseneau also scored for Utica. Michael Leighton made 35 saves in the victory.
Head-to-Head: This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Comets lead the season series 2-1-0-0 and won the most recent contest 5-1 back on January 6. Utica is 4-1-0-0 in the last five years against Cleveland and has outscored them 14-7 through three games this season.
Scouting the Monsters: Cleveland comes in with a record of 24-22-5-1 and sits in sixth place in the North Division. They most recently fell to the Belleville Senators 4-2 last night. Nathan Gerbe leads the offense with 32 points, followed by Zac Dalpe with 29 points. Jean Francois Berube is the top netminder with a record of 16-15-4, a 2.98 goals-against average, and .894 save percentage.
Chasing History: Reid Boucher is on his way to engraving himself in the Comets’ history books again. The forward is two goals back of tying his own record for most goals in a single season. He is also one goal shy of moving into a tie for second place on the Comets’ all-time power play goal scoring list. Boucher has 13 career power play goals with the Comets. The record of 28 is held by Alexandre Grenier.
Red Hot: The Comets have been on fire in February. The Comets are riding a six game point streak and have not lost in regulation since February 1. Additionally, Utica has won three games in a row on home ice, outscoring opponents 14-5 in those three games.
Out Of The Woods: Brendan Woods is picking up steam on offense. Woods has racked up five points (1-4-5) in his last five games after snapping a three-game pointless skid. The forward has nine points (3-6-9) in 32 games this year.
Dahl-In: Jonathan Dahlen has found his groove. Dahlen is on a career high six-game point streak, picking up seven points (3-4-7). He also has recorded at least one point in five of his last seven games on home ice. The rookie forward has 29 points (14-15-29) in 49 games this season.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Friday night against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange site, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.