COMETS, MARLIES MEET FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASONOct 14, 2018
UTICA COMETS (2-2-0-0) vs. TORONTO MARLIES (1-3-0-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets wrap up their weekend series against the Toronto Marlies. Puck drop is at 4 p.m.
Last Game: Reid Boucher and Adam Gaudette each tallied three points and a total of six different Comets scored en route to a 7-4 Comets victory over the Toronto Marlies Saturday evening at the Coca-Cola Coliseum. Ivan Kulbakov finished with 30 saves to earn his first career AHL victory.
Head-to-Head: This is the third meeting between Utica and Toronto this season. The teams have split their first two games, with Toronto winning the first matchup 7-3 last Friday and the Comets winning 7-4 yesterday. Utica is 17-18-3-2 all-time against the Marlies.
Scouting the Marlies: The Marlies come in to tonight with a 1-3-0-0 record and sit in last place in the North Division. Sam Gagner leads the offense with six points, followed by Chris Mueller and Calle Rosen with five points each. Kasimir Kaskisuo is the leading netminder with a 1-2-0 record, a 5.90 goals-against average, and a .851 save percentage.
Killing Them Softly: The Comets penalty kill has picked up right where the left off last season. Through four games, Utica has only allowed two power play goals and has killed off 12 of their last 13 penalties. The Comets penalty kill is tied for 10th in the league at 89.5%.
Light It Up: The Comets offense exploded with seven goals from six different players last night. It was the sixth time in team history the Comets scored seven goals in a game, which ties a team record for most in one game.
On Fire: Reid Boucher is on fire to start this season, scoring at least once in every game this year. Boucher is the first AHL player with seven goals in his team's first four games since Frank Vatrano did it with Providence in the 2015-16 season. The forward currently leads the AHL in goals (7) and is tied for the league lead in points (8).
Quiet Contributor: Tanner Kero has flown under the radar so far this year for the Comets. Kero is tied for the team lead in assists with four. Additionally, he is tied for third on the team with four points. The fourth-year forward tallied 20 points (8-12-20) in 36 games with the Rockford IceHogs last season.
Next Game: The Comets hit the ice again Wednesday night when they host the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is 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 AHLTV.