COMETS LOOK TO EVEN SERIES AGAINST TORONTOApr 22, 2018
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets battle the Toronto Marlies in Game Two of the First Round of the North Division Semifinals. Puck drop is at 4 p.m.
Last Game:The Utica Comets fell to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 3-2 in overtime in Game One of the North Division Semifinals Saturday evening at the Ricoh Coliseum. Jeremy Bracco struck first for the Marlies with 9:31 to go in the second period. Zack MacEwen tied the game at one at the 6:17 mark of the third period with a power play goal. Tanner MacMaster and Michael Chaput tallied the assists. Justin Holl gave the Marlies a 2-1 lead with 5:15 to go in the third. Chaput tied the game at two with 35 seconds remaining in regulation. Nikolay Goldobin and picked up the assists on the goal that sent the game to overtime. Mueller scored the game-winning goal with 2:12 remaining in overtime. Demko finished with 44 saves.
Head-to-Head: The Marlies took a 1-0 series lead with their 3-2 overtime win yesterday. Toronto also won the regular season series 5-2-1 and are 22-13-3 all-time in the regular season against Utica.
Scouting the Marlies: Dmytro Timashov tallied a two-point night to lead the Marlies offense in Game One. Jeremy Bracco, Chris Muller, Calle Rosen, Justin Holl, and Ben Smith also notched a point in Game One. Goaltender Garret Sparks stopped 34 shots for his fourth career AHL playoff win.
Putting In Overtime: Including the regular season, the Comets and Marlies have required extra time to determine a winner in three straight games. Toronto claimed two of those games, winning 3-2 yesterday and on April 5. The lone Comets win came on April 6 in a 3-2 shootout victory.
Leading By Example: Michael Chaput knows what it takes to win in the playoffs, and he showed it last night. Chaput recorded a goal and an assist for his fourth career multi-point effort in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Chaput lead the active roster with 42 points (17-25-42) in the regular season.
The First Of Many: Zack MacEwen and Tanner MacMaster collected career achievements last night. MacMaster tallied an assist and MacEwen scored a power play goal to earn their first professional playoffs points. MacEwen collected 33 points (10-23-33) in his rookie campaign and MacMaster amassed seven points (2-5-7) in 13 regular season games.
Road Warrior: Nikolay Goldobin continues to be a point machine on the road. Including the regular season, Goldobin is riding a six-game road point streak. In addition, picked up 17 of his 31 regular season points away from home.
Next Game: The Comets are return home Wednesday night for Game Three against the Marlies. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange site, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.