COMETS HOST WOLF PACK ON PURPLE HEART MILITARY NIGHTNov 9, 2018
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Purple Heart Military Night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets jumped out to an early lead but Laval stormed back with three goals in the second to take control as Utica fell 4-3 Wednesday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Tanner Kero scored twice for the Comets and Ivan Kulbakov stopped 18 shots as his record fell to 4-3-1.
Head-to-Head: This is the first meeting between the Comets and Wolf Pack this season. Hartford claimed last year’s season series with a 3-1-0-0 record. Utica is 5-4-2-1 in the last five seasons against Hartford.
Scouting the Wolf Pack: Hartford comes into tonight’s matchup with a 5-7-1-1 record and sits in seventh place in the Atlantic Division. Steven Fogarty leads the way offensively with 13 points, followed by Lias Andersson with 12 points. Marek Mazanec is the top goaltender with a 3-4-1 record, a 3.16 goals-against average, and .888 save percentage
Wolf Hunter: Look for Michael Carcone to play a big role in tonight’s game. Carcone posted four points in four games against Hartford last year. The third-year forward has five points (2-3-5) in eight games this season.
Not So Friendly Confines: Despite being one of the loudest arenas in the AHL, the Adirondack Bank Center has not treated the Comets kindly so far this season. Utica is 1-6-0-0 at home this season and has been outscored 29-17. The Comets will look to turn things around against a Hartford team that is 3-5-0-1 on the road this year.
Heating Up: Jonathan Dahlen is starting to pick up some steam offensively. Dahlen has three points (1-2-3) points in the last three games, including a two-assist night on Wednesday. The rookie forward has seven points (2-5-7) in 12 games this year.
Back On Track: The Comets power play finally broke out of drought. Utica netted two power play goals in Wednesday’s game after going 0-17 in the previous four games. The Comets power play ranks ninth in the AHL at 23.2%. Additionally, Utica’s man advantage at home is third in the league, operating at 30%.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action tomorrow night when the hit the road to battle the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.