Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets defeated the Syracuse Crunch by a score of 4-2 Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. The win pushed the Comets’ point streak to a season-high 10 games.
Olivier Archambeault netted the first goal of the game, slipping a puck past Richard Bachman with 2:46 to go in the first period. Dennis Yan and Erik Condra had the assists.
Alexander Volkov made it 2-0 with 4:26 remaining in the second period. Reid McNeill and Jamie McBain were credited with the assists. Philip Holm got the Comets on the board with 1:21 remaining in the middle frame, firing a wrist shot past Crunch goaltender Connor Ingram. Reid Boucher and Michael Chaput picked up the assists. Sixteen seconds later, Dylan Blujus tied the game at two with a wrister of his own. Darren Archibald and Alexis D’Aoust tallied the assists.
Holm gave the Comets a 3-2 lead with a power play goal halfway through the third period. Nikolay Goldobin and Archibald registered the assists. Wacey Hamilton sealed the win with an empty net goal with 1:16 to go in regulation. Holm and D’Aoust collected the assists.
Bachman finished with 34 saves to improve his record to 7-7-4. Ingram stopped 20 shots. His record falls to 12-9-2. The Comets power play went 1-4, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in three attempts.
The Comets return to the ice Friday, February 9 as they host the Laval Rocket. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center 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 AHL Live.