UTICA COMETS (33-21-3-2) vs. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (32-22-4-0)
Bojangles Coliseum, 6 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets and Charlotte Checkers do battle for the second straight night. Puck drop is at 6 p.m.
Last Game: Reid Boucher’s second period goal set a new single-season record for total goals by a Utica Comet, as his timely scoring lifted the Utica Comets to a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Carter Camper scored the other goal for Utica while Mikey DiPietro made 31 saves in the win.
Head-to-Head: This is the third of four matchups between the Comets and Checkers this season. Utica leads the season series 2-0-0-0, outscoring Charlotte 10-3. The Comets are 4-5-1-0 against the Checkers in the last five seasons.
Scouting the Checkers: Charlotte comes in with a record of 32-22-4-0 and sits in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Jake Bean leads the way on offense with 46 points, followed by Steven Lorentz with 43 points. Keith Kinkaid is the top active netminder with a record of 4-8-3 with a 3.32 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage.
Navigating the Atlantic: The Comets have played well against teams from the Atlantic Division this season. Utica has won four in a row and five of their last seven against Atlantic teams. Including tonight, two of the next for games for Utica will be against Atlantic opponents. The Comets are 9-5-1-2 against the Atlantic this year.
Record Chasing: Reid Boucher continues to pile up points and break records. With a goal last night, Boucher broke his own team record for goals in a single season. He already owns the single season points record and is also three points away from setting another team record for career points. The forward has 65 points (32-33-55) in 51 games this year.
Road Warrior: Carter Camper has played well on the road lately. Camper has points in three of his last four road games, picking up four points (2-2-4) during that stretch. He is also on a four-game point streak, tallying six points (1-5-6). The veteran has 39 points (9-30-39) in 46 games.
Unstoppable: Sven Baertschi has been white hot recently. Baertschi has three points (1-2-3) in his last two games and 14 points (5-9-14) in his last 11 games, with three of those games being multi-point nights. Additionally, he has picked up at least a point in five straight road games. Baertschi has 46 points (13-33-46) in 42 games this season.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Wednesday, March 11 at home against the Syracuse Crunch. 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.