UTICA COMETS (0-1-0) vs. TORONTO MARLIES (1-0-0)
Ricoh Coliseum, 4:00 p.m.
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Tonight's Game: The Utica Comets take on the Toronto Marlies in the second game of their weekend series. Puck drops at 4 o’clock.
Last Game: The Comets fell to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 3-1. Nikolay Goldobin struck first on the power play just 6:30 into the opening period with assists from Reid Boucher and Alexis D’Aoust. Rich Clune tied the game three minutes into the middle frame, banking a shot off of Thatcher Demko’s foot. Ben Smith and Andrew Nielsen were credited with the assists. Kerby Rychel gave the Marlies a 2-1 lead at the 12:08 mark of the third period with a power play goal assisted by Nielsen and Miro Aaltonen. Nikita Shoshnikov scored a late empty net goal to seal the win. Thatcher Demko finished with 24 saves in the loss.
Head-to-Head: The Marlies took the first of eight contests between the teams by a score of 3-1. The Marlies lead the all-time series with a 18-11-2 record.
Scouting the Marlies: The Marlies hold a 1-0-0 record on the year. Eight different players recorded a point in the opener, including last year’s leading scorer Kerby Rychel. Garret Sparks got the start, stopping 19 of 20 shots to earn the win.
Mr. Dependable: Darren Archibald has been an ironman for the Comets through the past few seasons. Dating back to last season, Archibald has appeared in 77 consecutive regular season games. The forward has also played at least 50 games a season for the past five seasons.
Right Where He Left Off: Nikolay Goldobin has been lights out in his short stint with the Comets. With his power play goal last night, Goldobin has scored five goals in four games for Utica, dating back to last season.
The First of Many: One game into his professional career, Alexis D’Aoust has already completed a milestone. With an assist last night, D’Aoust recorded his first professional point. The rookie forward compiled 241 points in five seasons with Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Sunday Funday: This afternoon’s contest also marks the first of eight Sunday games for the Comets. The Comets were 4-6-0 on Sunday’s last season.
Next Game: The Comets will be back in action Friday night on the road against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop from Blue Cross Arena is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.