UTICA COMETS (4-4-1) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (6-4-0)
Adirondack Bank Center, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Rochester Americans for the fourth time this season. Puck drops at seven o’clock.
Last Game: The Utica Comets fell to the Binghamton Devils by a score of 2-1 Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Nathan Bastian netted the first goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the opening frame, firing a bad angle shot that somehow slipped through the pads of Thatcher Demko. Austin Cangelosi and Jacob MacDonald had the assists. The defensive battle continued into a scoreless second period, with neither team being able to convert on their two power play opportunities. Blake Pietila extended the lead to 2-0 with four minutes remaining in the game, putting in a rebound of the glass. Jacob MacDonald and Yaroslav Dyblenko were credited with the assists. McEneny brought the game to within one at the 18:48 mark of the third period. Philip and Nikolay Goldobin tallied the assists. Despite a late power play, the Comets were unable to find an equalizer. Demko finished with 18 saves.
Head-to-Head: The Comets lead the season series 2-0-1. Rochester won the most recent meeting 4-3 in a shootout this past Wednesday night. The Comets lead the all time series 20-15-1-1.
Scouting the Americans: The Amerks come in with a record of 6-4-0 and are coming off a 7-6 shootout win over the Hershey Bears last night. Kyle Criscuolo leads the offense with 10 points each. Linus Ullmark leads the goaltending tandem with a 5-3-0 record, and 3.17 goals-against average, and a .908% save percentage.
Mr. Consistent: Nikolay Goldobin has been the center of the Comets’ offense since arriving in Utica late last season. Goldobin has tallied 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 12 games total with the Comets,
Back On Track: After surrendering two power play goals against Rochester Wednesday night, the Comets were able to right the ship and kill off all three penalties last night against Binghamton. Overall, the penalty kill is
Making the Adjustment: Since coming over to North America, Philip Holm has adjusted nicely. The Swedish defenseman has racked up seven points in nine games. The Stockholm, Sweden native played seven seasons collected 61 points during that timeframe.
On Fire: The points are starting to come for Evan McEneny. The defenseman is riding a three-game point streak and has five total points in that timespan. Overall, the Hamilton, Ontario native has six points (two goals, four assists) in eight games this season.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Wednesday night as they host the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.