COMETS HOST AMERKS IN DIVISIONAL BATTLEFeb 22, 2019
UTICA COMETS (29-19-4-2) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (32-16-3-2)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Utica Comets dug themselves out of a 3-0 hole to come away with a 5-4 overtime win over the Cleveland Monsters Sunday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Jaime Sifers, Reid Boucher, Brendan Gaunce, Tanner Kero, and Tom Pyatt all scored for Utica. Michael Leighton finished with 25 saves in the win.
Head-to-Head: This is the eighth meeting between the North Division rivals this season. Rochester leads the season series 4-3-0-0, but the Comets won the most recent contest 5-2 on February 9. The Amerks have outscored the Comets 27-19 through seven games this year.
Scouting the Americans: Rochester comes in with a record of 32-16-3-2 and sits in first place in the North Division. They most recently topped the Cleveland Monsters 4-2 Wednesday night. Victor Olofsson leads the way offensively with 44 points, followed by Zach Redmond with 41 points. Scott Wedgewood is the top netminder with a record of 19-9-2, a 2.69 goals-against average, and .912 save percentage.
Staying Hot: The Comets just keep rolling along. Utica is riding a seven-game point streak into tonight’s game, which ties a season high. The Comets have also won four straight games at home and are 16-10-1-0 overall at home this year.
Mr. Consistent: Brendan Gaunce has been one of the Comets’ most consistent forwards this season. Gaunce has six points (2-4-6) in his last four games, including a three-point night this past Sunday, his seventh multi-point game of the season. The forward has 33 points (16-17-33) in 38 games this season.
Taking Kero Business: Tanner Kero is in the midst of his best season to date. Kero has picked up four points (3-1-4) in his last four games and has recorded 14 multi-point games this year. He has also set career bests in assists and points and has tied his career-high in goals. The forward has 47 points (20-27-47) in 52 games this year.
High Powered: The Comets power play is back on the upswing. Utica has scored at least one power play goal in four of their last five games, going 6-21 (28.5%) over that span. The Comets’ power play ranks ninth in the AHL at 20.4%.
Next Game: The Comets are back at it tomorrow night against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.