COMETS GO FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN OVER LAVALNov 3, 2018
Today’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Laval Rocket for the second straight day. Puck drop is at 3 p.m.
Last Game: Jonathan Dahlen, Zack MacEwen, and Michael Carcone all scored as the Comets topped the Laval Rocket 3-1 Friday night at Place Bell. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 31 of 32 shots to improve his record to 4-2-0.
Head-to-Head: This is the second contest between the Comets and Rocket this year. Utica won the first matchup 3-1 last night. The Comets are 4-1-0 on the road against Laval in the past two seasons.
Scouting the Rocket: Laval comes in with a record of 3-7-1-0 and sits in last place in the North Division. Kenny Agostino leads the way offensively with nine points, followed by Alex Belzile with eight points. Charlie Lindgren is the leading netminder with a 3-5-1 record, a 2.71 goals-against average, and .875 save percentage.
Breaking Through: Jonathan Dahlen ended his pointless drought last night. With his first period goal, Dahlen ended a three-game skid where he did not tally a point. The rookie forward has five points (2-3-5) in 10 games this season.
Lockdown Defense: The Comets defense came to play last night and they will look to continue that today. After giving up 10 goals in their previous three games, Utica allowed only goal to Laval in last night’s win in a strong defensive effort, including 31 saves from Ivan Kulbakov and numerous blocked shots.
Rocket Fuel: Zack MacEwen always seems to get a big boost when the Rocket. Including last season, MacEwen has notched five points (1-4-5) in nine games against Laval, which is second best among active Comets players. The second-year forward has 10 points (4-6-10) in 11 games overall this season.
Point Machine: Olli Juolevi has been on monster on the back end for Utica so far this year. Juolevi has an assist in four of his last five games and has points in five of his last six. The rookie defenseman has totaled seven points in 11 games so far this season
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Wednesday night when Laval makes their first trip to the Adirondack Bank Center this season. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.