COMETS PLAY HOST TO PENGUINSNov 8, 2019
UTICA COMETS (8-3-0-0) vs. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS (5-5-1-1)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets finish off their season series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Dyson Stevenson earned his first career AHL goal and Zane McIntyre made 35 saves, but the Utica Comets fell by a 4-2 margin to the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Nikolay Goldobin also scored for Utica.
Head to Head: This is the second and final meeting between the Comets and Penguins this season. Utica won the lone matchup 4-3 in overtime back on October 12. The Comets are 7-3-1-1 overall and 3-1-1-0 at home in the last five seasons against the Penguins.
Scouting the Penguins: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton comes in with a record of 5-5-1-1 and sits in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-2 Wednesday night. Stefan Noesen leads the offense with 14 points, followed by Andrew Agozzino with 11 points. Casey DeSmith is the leading goaltender with a record of 4-4-0, a 3.33 goals-against average, and .884 save percentage.
Gold Standard: Nikolay Goldobin’s torrid start to the season continues. Despite going four games without a point, Goldobin broke through with a goal last night, his second of the season. The forward is second on the team in points with 11 (2-9-11) in 10 games so far this year.
Leading from the Back: Brogan Rafferty is having a stellar rookie season so far. Rafferty tallied his fifth assist of the season last night, which leads all Comets defensemen. He also leads all Comets defensemen in points. The rookie blue liner has six points (1-5-6) in 11 games this year.
Droppin’ Dimes: The Comets have not been shy about sharing the puck so far this season. Six players have recorded at least five assists through the first 11 games. Additionally, 18 players total have picked up at least one assist so far as well. Nikolay Goldobin leads all Comets with nine assists.
Stepping Up: Vincent Arseneau is on his way to a career season. Arseneau has already tied his AHL career high in assists (2) and is only six goals away from matching his career high in goals. The big forward has five points (3-2-5) in 11 games this year.
Next Game: The Comets are back at it tomorrow night on the road against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.