COMETS FACE OFF AGAINST CRUNCHOct 20, 2018
UTICA COMETS (3-4-0-0) vs. SYRACUSE CRUNCH (2-2-0-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets battle the Syracuse Crunch in Game One of the Galaxy Cup series. Puck drop at the War Memorial at OnCenter is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets were unable to overcome an early deficit as they fell 4-3 to the Cleveland Monsters Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Darren Archibald tied the Comets record for career goals with a power play goal in the second period. Ivan Kulbakov finished with 20 saves and his record falls to 2-1-0 on the season.
Head-to-Head: This is the first meeting between the Comets and Crunch this season. Syracuse won last year’s season series with a 7-4-1-0 record, claiming the Galaxy Cup for the second consecutive year. The Comets are 21-15-3-5 all-time against the Crunch.
Scouting the Crunch: The Crunch come in with a record of 2-2-0-0 and are tied for third place in the North Division. Gabriel Dumont leads the way offensively with four points, followed by Andy Andreoff with three points. Connor Ingram is the leading netminder with a 1-1-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average, and a .933 save percentage.
Battle for the Cup: The Comets and Crunch will go head-to-head for the Galaxy Cup for the sixth consecutive season. Utica won the cup the first three seasons, while the Crunch have claimed it the past two seasons.
Power Up: The Comets power play has been humming along so far this year. Utica has scored at least one power play goal in all but one game this season. Utica’s man advantage unit is ranked fifth in the league, operating at 30.0%.
Dishmaster: Tanner Kero has been an assist machine since coming to Utica. Kero is riding a four-game point streak and has tallied a point in all but one game this year. The forward is tied for second in the AHL with seven assists this season.
Milestone Watch: Darren Archibald has once again written himself into the Comets history books. Archibald’s goal last night tied the team record for all-time goals with Utica. The forward’s next goal will pass Alexandre Grenier for the all-time record.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Wednesday night when they host the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 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 AHLTV.