UTICA COMETS (10-5-0-0) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (9-3-1-2)
Adirondack Bank Center, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets battle the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Reid Boucher returned from injury with a hat trick and led the way as the Utica Comets skated to a 5-2 road victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at the War Memorial. Kole Lind and Carter Bancks also scored for Utica. Zane McIntyre made 21 saves in the win.
Head-to-Head: This is the third contest between the Comets and Amerks this season. The two teams have split the series so far. Rochester won the most recent matchup 6-0 back on November 2. Reid Boucher and Tage Thompson are tied for the series lead with three points apiece.
Scouting the Americans: Rochester comes in with a record of 9-3-1-2 and sits in first place in the North Division. They most recently topped the Cleveland Monsters 3-2 in overtime last night. Tage Thompson and J.S. Dea lead the offense with 12 points apiece. Andrew Hammond is the leading netminder with a record of 5-1-1, a 2.92 goals-against average, and a .892 save percentage.
Home Cookin’: Utica has dominated Rochester at home over the last five seasons. The Comets are 12-5-2-1 at home against the Amerks and have scored three or more goals in four of their last six against Rochester. Overall, Utica is 20-13-3-2 in the last five seasons against the Amerks.
American Guy: Reid Boucher has performed exceptionally well against Rochester in his time with the Comets. Boucher already has three points against the Amerks this season in just one game. In 16 games against Rochester as a member of the Comets, the veteran forward has 20 points (12-8-20).
Big Leap: Kole Lind has stepped up big time to begin this season. Lind is already well on his way to a career year statistically as he sits one goal and four assists away from tying his career high in both categories. Lind has collected 12 points (4-8-12) in 15 games this season.
Power Up: The Comets power play has begun to turn things around. Utica’s man advantage has scored at least one power play goal in three of their last four games, including two last night. The Comets man advantage ranks 21st in the league at 14.3%.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Wednesday night when they host the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Box Office, over the phone by calling (315) 790-9070, The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.